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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


You need to understand your acne. This will give you the tools to gain control over it. If you don't understand how acne develops, you will not 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.


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

The facial layer falls below. Skin is fourteen cell layers thick.

The Development of the Skin Follicle

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

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

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

The specific hormone which stimulates the development of our sebaceous follicles and their attached oil glands is testosterone, the primary 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 thick hair that acts as 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.


The description of the follicle is not complete without telling you about the little creatures who reside there. Anaerobic bacteria (growing without oxygen) flourish in the follicles. Bacteria are in the pores of every human being and do not live in more significant 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 sebum production, and the bacteria feeding off the sebum. 

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