ANATOMY of a PIMPLE
Writer: Mitch Meñez and Artwork: Michael Sanchez
Let’s start with the basics. What are pimples anyway? Are they magical creatures that decide to reside on your beautiful face whenever they feel like it? Are they mini manifestations of karma? Are they the result of the deep fried doughnuts you ate with abandon the other day?
There’s no mystery. Pimples are just skin pores clogged by oil, dirt and skin particles. Once infected, they become red, swell, become painful and produce pus. Pimples can also be called Acne. The word Acne is derived from an old Greek word which equates to “skin eruption.”
Now look in the mirror (Don’t be afraid, you’re beautiful #wokeuplikethis). Do you see the tiny holes on your skin? Those are your pores. Pores are more than often clear, but they can become clogged with such things as oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria.
Below the surface of the skin, hair follicles are connected to sebaceous glands which are microscopic exocrine glands in the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate and waterproof our skin and hair. Since it is oily and waxy in nature, it has a tendency to clog our pores, which prevents more oil from flowing to the surface, encouraging the growth of bacteria and producing the inflammation and redness characteristic of pimples.
These things aren’t necessarily bad. Natural occurring oil is what makes your hair shiny and keeps your skin from getting too dry, but when your skin starts making too much oil that is when dead skin cells and bacteria plug up the pores and cause pimples.
Acne mostly peaks in teens and early adulthood, mostly because of hormone production.