If you’re like most people, the word “acne” probably reminds you of pimply-faced teenagers struggling through an awkward period of youth. However, many people young and old have proven that image isn’t exactly accurate. More and more people of all ages now report problems with the acne. Studies show that nearly 20 percent of men and 30 percent of women over the age of 20 have some sort of breakout. Adult acne can affect a person in two different ways — persistent acne, when the acne follows a person from puberty well into adulthood, and late-onset acne, when people see acne after years of having clear, unblemished skin.
Although you may be older and wiser, adult acne can be just as embarrassing and anxiety enducing as the zit you found the morning of the prom. Here we explain how Acne is formed, and various forms of Acne, to help you better Understand it.
When sebum and bacteria get trapped and stay below the skin surface, a whitehead is formed. Whiteheads may show up as tiny white spots, or they may be invisible to the naked eye.
When the pore opens to the surface, and the sebum, which contains the skin pigment melanin, oxidizes and turns a brownish black color, it is a black head. It is not dirt and can not be washed away. Contents of a blackhead drain slowly to the surface, causing them to hang around for a long time.
A papule occurs when follicular wall begins to break. White blood cells rush in and the pore then becomes inflamed.
A pustule forms several days later when white blood break through the surface of the skin. This is what people usually refer to as a “zit” or a “pimple”.