Pimples are nightmares to everybody. Even if one has a flawless skin, a tiny zit can destroy the whole look. A tiny zit is strong enough to attract everybody’s attention towards it, and we feel like every person around are staring at us.
No matter how hard we try to conceal it, the bitter reality of this disastrous thing always comes out. And while we try to conceal it with makeup, the extra makeup clogs the skin more, leading to production of more and more scary zits. Carrying the burden of a small zit is still ok, but just imagine about people who are seriously suffering from a huge lot of acne?
How irritating and painful it becomes for them to be tolerant towards these horrible things. If you are also one of them, then do not be worried about treating your acne. Knowing properly about your acne and about its life cycle can help you go for a proper treatment to reduce the zit as quickly as possible.
What Is A Pimple?
A pimple is a small or big red coloured swollen bump. It occurs as a result of clogged pores of our skin. Pimple can be of various types and sizes, but almost all of them are caused due to clogged pores. Pimples can also occur due to hereditary problems, or sometimes even due to taking excessive tension, excitement and anxiety. This is the reason why we often see a pimple peeping in the morning, when we are about to go on a party, or on date.
Why Do Pimples Occur?
Pimples occur due to hormonal changes in our body. This is the reason why pimple starts occurring, once we reach puberty. There are many sebaceous glands beneath our skin, which remain attached to the skin pores. Oil from these sebaceous or oil glands, keep accumulating in the skin pores, resulting in oilier face. This oil on our face helps to trap more dirt and bacteria. If these pores are kept unclean, they result in formation of a pimple or acne. Apart from this, zits may also appear due to consumption of certain types of food like oily food, or fast food.
Pimples And The Stages In Life Cycle Of A Pimple
1. Stage One: Dirt And Bacteria Clogged Pores
Pimples are results of excess oil, dirt, dead cells and bacteria accumulation within the pores of our skin. When a person attains puberty, hormonal changes within the body, result in production of a hormone by-product known as the DHT or dihydrotestosterone. This DHT results in increased production of oil from the sebaceous glands beneath the skin, which clogs the skin pores. It may take two to three weeks between forming clogged pores and resulting in a pimple.
2. Stage Two: Trapped Bacteria Results In Infection
Increased oil production also keeps the skin oily, thereby trapping dirt and acne bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). These trapped bacteria remain and grows inside the oil, dirt, and dead skin cell clogged pores; resulting in the formation of small reddish bumps called pimples. Before a fully fledged acne comes out, the bumpy area becomes itchy, signaling that the zit is about to come.
3. Stage Three: Inflammation And Pain
The zit finally becomes larger and more painful after a few more days. At this stage you may feel severe pain and inflammation and your acne may start producing white pus from it. Even if it does, never try to pop it, otherwise it will only worsen the situation. It can sometimes take 8 or 12 weeks to completely get rid from a pimple.
So try to know more about the root cause of your pimples and treat them properly by consulting a physician.