Clogged Pore

Written by Anmy Leuthold
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Acne is caused by a collection of bacteria, oil, and dead cells trapped in the lining of the pore, which creates what we call a clogged pore. Normally, the lining of the hair follicle sheds a layer of dead skin cells every day. These cells are carried to the surface of the skin by secretions from the oil glands.

Excessive oil production causes these dead cells to clump together, forming a plug at the cavity of the pore. You have a whitehead, if a pore becomes clogged, closes, and then swell up. You're left with a blackhead, if a pore becomes clogged, stays open, and the top darkens. When the walls of the pore become damaged and allow bacteria and dead skin to work their way under the live skin, you can be left with a red, but small infection, called a pimple.

The Cause of a Clogged Pore and How You Can Help

As I mentioned earlier, acne is generally caused by the build up of oil and dead skin, which can produce a clogged pore. What causes this build up of oil and dead skin? The likely reasons for bad skin are usually any of these combinations: raging hormones, plugged skin, heredity, and bacteria. If you have any of these problems, there are ways to help prevent the infamous pimple.

You must maintain clean skin and exfoliate regularly. This way, there is a slimmer chance of dirt, bacteria, and oil build up, which can infect your skin and produce whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. With exfoliating gloves or a loofah sponge, you can easily whisk away grime and dead skin cells, revealing glowing, healthy, pimple-free, and younger looking skin.

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