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What is acne?

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What is Acne?

For reasons no one completely understands, follicles, often called pores, sometimes get blocked. Sebum (oil) which normally drains to the surface gets blocked and bacteria begins to grow. Both whiteheads and blackheads start out as a "microcomedone". The picture below is a "microcomedone":

Microcomedones become skin blemishes called comedones--either a whitehead or a blackhead:

When the trapped sebum and bacteria stay below the skin surface, a whitehead is formed.

A blackhead occurs when the trapped sebum and bacteria partially open to the surface and turn black due to melanin, the skin's pigment. Blackheads can last for a long time because the contents very slowly drain to the surface.

Either way, blackheads and whiteheads are filled with trapped sebum and bacteria.


Either way ladies especially caucasian women remember to stay out tanning booth because it gives you wrinkles at at a very early age and you are at risk for skin cancer. Remember to wear sunscreen in the summer.

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