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November 21, 2008 | admin | Comments 0

Sebaceous Glands and Acne

Understanding the connection between the Sebaceous Glands and Acne

Not everyone knows about the sebaceous gland. If, however, you have had pimples, you should know what the role of these glands is in pimple formation. Knowing a little bit about these glands will help you understand the nature of pimples.

Pimple Formation

Sebaceous glands are located underneath the skin and are linked to hair follicles and ducts. The glands are responsible for manufacturing an oily substance known as sebum. This substance is released onto the skin through the hair follicles or ducts. Sebum is what makes the skin and hair moisturized and smooth. There are several factors though that promote the production of too much sebum.

Acne and the Sebaceous Gland

Acne and the Sebaceous Gland

One factor that makes sebaceous glands produce more sebum is hormonal activity. An increase in testosterone levels increases sebum production. A consequence of over production is that the pores could get clogged. Sebum could combine with dirt and bacteria resulting in the reddish swelling and inflammation that typically characterizes pimples.

Teens and Pimples

If you consider the explanation given above, it seems pretty obvious why pimple outbreaks are more common among teens. Adolescents tend to have more active sebaceous glands because they are in the stage of life where testosterone levels are higher. In some cases though, pimple outbreaks that emerge during puberty go away in the first few years of early adulthood. Of course, some adults continue to occasionally have a few pimple outbreaks.

It also seems apparent that overactive sebaceous glands during puberty are not necessarily something to fret about. While pimples can blemish a teen’s appearance and even lower the self-esteem, they may not require aggressive treatment unless determined by a dermatologist. Always remember that sebaceous glands play an important role in skin and hair health. Treating the skin aggressively to prevent or deal with pimples could lead to dry and unhealthy skin and hair.

Acne Treatment

Severe cases of acne may really require medication or even a clinical procedure. These however should only be considered when mild treatment options have no effect on pimples or appear to make pimples much worse.

If the pimple outbreak is not too severe, you can simply settle for washing your face with lukewarm water and mild soap. This is the best way to treat your sebaceous glands. Basic skin hygiene as a form of pimple treatment will ensure that your skin stays properly moisturized.

Food and Pimples

It has been determined in the past that the link between food and pimple outbreaks is a myth. It is also true though that some foods are factors that increase the activity of sebaceous glands. Food with too much oil for example can speed up the production of sebum. You may therefore have to avoid fatty and oily foods if you have a bad case of acne.

A Pimples appearance has a lot to do with the sebaceous glands. This however, doesn’t make the glands evil. They are crucial for skin health so you should treat your pimple condition in the mildest method possible.

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