Parts of Skin - How Acne Interacts With Your Skin

Parts of Skin - How Acne Interacts With Your Skin - Acne or Pimple is a disorder derived from hormones and substances in the oil glands in the skin and hair follicles. 

This factor causes clogged pores and acne to appear. This condition usually appears on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

Parts of Skin - How Acne Interacts With Your Skin


INSIDE YOUR SKIN


It is important for you to understand your acne. This will give you the tools to gain control over it. If you don't understand how acne develops, you are not likely to follow the treatment consistently. You'll get discouraged. 

When you learn, for instance, that any single pimple has taken about ninety days to form, you'll understand that what you do today will prevent a pimple not now, but two to three months from now.


How the Skin Works

The skin is your body's largest organ and one of its most complex. 

The skin protects our body from the environment's hostile elements, cooling us down, warming us up, retaining water, sending messages from the environment back to the brain, and furnishing us with the sensation we need to enjoy being alive.

Simply described, the skin is a dynamic, living membrane that separates us from the environment. Without it we would die of dehydration because the body is 85 percent water.


Epidermis


The outermost part of the skin is called the epidermis. The epidermis is very active. It creates a total new cell population every twenty-eight days, and one complete layer of cells falls off into the environment every day.

Facial layer falls below. Skin is fourteen cell layers thick.


The Development of the Skin Follicle


Follicle is another word for pore. A follicle or pore is the small structure that opens onto the skin's surface. Developing follicle has two "choices" -- either it will produce hair or it will predominantly produce oil (a sebaceous follicle).

Many of the follicles on your face are quite visible, especially on and around the nose where they are large.

The site of your acne disease is in these follicles, so you need to thoroughly understand what a follicle is and be able to visualize it in cross sections.

The specific hormone which stimulates the development of our sebaceous follicles and their attached oil glands is testosterone, the major male sex hormone. Both males and females produce testosterone.


The Sebaceous Follicle


As mentioned earlier, the skin has basically two types of follicles -- a hair and a sebaceous follicle. Both have sebaceous glands attached to them. If the maturing follicle is a hair follicle, it grows a thick hair which acts like a wick to help bring the oil and other debris to the surface.

But it's the sebaceous follicle that gets into trouble. As acne develops, it usually coils up in the follicle, gets lost in the rest of the debris and never even gets out to the surface.


Bacteria


The description of the follicle is not complete without telling you about the little creatures who reside there. Anaerobic bacteria (growing without the presence of oxygen) flourish in the follicles. Bacteria are in the pores of every human being, and do not live in larger numbers in people with acne


The bacteria feed off the triglyceride produced by our sebaceous glands.


All of the factors that have been detailed operate in all human skin. They are normal processes -- the stratum corneum turning over, the testosterone flowing and triggering the production of sebum, and the bacteria feeding off the sebum. 

However, while these are not the cause of your acne, they do form the staging ground and provide the fuel to feed the flames of your disease.

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