Ever wonder where pimples come from? No, not hell. There’s actually a very specific cycle, with clogged pores, oil and bacteria all contributing to a breakout.
First, the pore, which is also the opening of the hair follice, becomes clogged with dead skin cells, dirt and oil. Next, P. acnes bacteria feed off the oil in the clogged pore and attract white blood cells to the area. Finally, your body responds with inflammation that causes the redness, swelling and pain associated with a pimple.
You can stop the breakout cycle by targeting each of the elements that contribute to pimples. And the more points at which you intervene during the cycle, the better results you’ll get. Talk to your dermatologist about which treatments are right for you, because although all pimples share a similar development sequence, everyone’s skin is a little different.
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