Is It Acne Or Just Blocked Pores?

I wanted to answer this question for you today, as I probably get asked this about 5 times a week. :-)

"Chris, is it acne or just blocked pores? Is there a difference? I have both whiteheads and blackheads... are they both acne?"

It is easy to confuse the term acne which is a chronic situation of breakouts and infected pores that can cause scarring with it's components of whiteheads, cysts, and blackheads.

Acne is a result of ongoing problems with blockages in the pores surrounding the hair follicle. A person can have one or two blackheads and otherwise clear skin. This is not acne however.

For all of us, whiteheads (closed) and blackheads (open) are comedones, which means a hair follicle with a plug made up of oil and dead skin cells that traps bacteria beneath the skin.

The major difference between whiteheads and blackheads is that sometimes the "plug" which is made up of cellular debris and sebum (the oil that is designed to lubricate the hair follicle and skin's surface) reaches the surface and hardens due to its exposure to the air.

This is not dirt, just the natural coloring of the melanin. This is called a blackhead. Sebum also contains melanin which is the same thing that gives you the pigment in your skin.

This is why a "black head" turns dark. It's hardened bacteria has a difficult time growing so you don't see the swelling and inflammation like you do in a whitehead pustule or deeply infected pore.

That is why whiteheads swell up and cause more problems... the pressure in the pore increases with the growth of bacteria and presses on the very sensitive nerves surrounding it.

This is also why acne can be physically painful not to mention the damage that can occur to the pore walls under the skin possibly causing a scar. Which is also why you should NEVER "push" or pick at a whitehead no matter how tempting it is.

This can actually spread the bacteria under your skin creating more acne breakouts, so please don't do it anymore. Better to steam the area with a hot wash cloth for about 20 minutes so the pore naturally opens and releases the blockage and sebum.

This method along with a good exfoliation process (like the Ginale Skin Peel) to remove old dead skin cells daily are the method to address acne and blocked pores.

As for a case of Acne, there can be of 4 levels of severity. From a light bumpy surface that has blocked pores with no inflammation to cystic acne that is very red and inflamed. These are indicated as the inflammatory papules and pustules in the picture above.

Again all of these skin pore related issues respond well to a skin care routine (like the Ginale Skin Care Acne Prone Kit) that ensures the pores stay open and sebum that is being produced can escape as it is naturally designed to do.

Sebum or skin oil does NOT cause acne or blackheads... the acne bacteria that can get trapped down in the pore does. Now you know the difference between these terms and what you can do to reduce both whiteheads and blackheads.

I hope you find this useful in addressing your skin care concerns. I always like to give you more access to information that you can use today, so visit the next link below to get step-by-step information on how to get your skin healthy, clear, and youthful looking in as few as 7 days.

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Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,

Chris Gibson

"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I have been using tea tree oil on my face for breakouts and it has been working well. But, it makes my skin really dry and I'm afraid that if I put moisturizer on at night after the tea tree oil that it will block my pores. What do you suggest to do so that my skin is not so dry?
Brooke