how do we get pimples ?

Asked by  | 9th Feb, 2010, 05:03: PM

Expert Answer:

A pimple is a result of a blockage of the skin's pore.

Inside the pore are sebaceous glands which produce sebum. When the outer layers of skin shed (as they do continuously), the dead skin cells left behind may become 'glued' together by the sebum. This causes a blockage in the pore, especially when the skin becomes thicker at puberty. The sebaceous glands produce more sebum which builds up behind the blockage, and this sebum harbours various bacteria including the species Propionibacterium acnes.

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Answered by  | 9th Feb, 2010, 05:24: PM

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