How and When Acne begins to Form
Acne can be a pain and impossible to cure. Many people still do not understand what all goes into the process of acne forming. It is a mixture of multiple aspects; some of which you cannot control due to it being a automatic body response. Even though you can go to sleep at night and wake up the next morning with a pimple that does not mean that the pimple was recently formed. Formation of a pimple takes an extended amount of time; sometimes up to three weeks.
It begins forming deep beneath the surface of the skin in the sebaceous glands located beneath the hair follicle. The beginning process of acne development begins when the body naturally produces an excessive amount of androgen hormones; often times done during puberty. By these glands being put into overdrive, it can begin to be problematic. Though sebum (oil) is meant to be healthy for the skin and keep it moisturized, excessive amounts can interact with dead skin cells and clog pores.
Once the pore is clogged, bacteria begins to grow. This makes the oil and dead skin cells unable to get out once irritated by the bacteria. At this stage, white blood cells attack the source of the bacteria. The attack on the infectious site causes inflammation, redness, and some tenderness. This is when most people become aware that they have a pimple. It is sore to the touch and you can visibly see the redness and stress on the skin.
Without treatment and proactive preventative measures the pimple will form into a whitehead, then potentially a pustule, then maybe a cyst. It is important to not pick your pimples. Over a few days after being washed, dried, and slept on and everything else, it will have popped on its own. Allowing acne to do this ensures that the skin is not broken by popping it and bacteria is contained verses being spread.
Now that you know how acne forms, specifically white heads, be sure to up your knowledge about preventative measures before puberty hits. When puberty comes around, find a oil free or oil reducing moisturizer or cleanser to keep the skin free of excess oil. Be very careful to not intentionally pop a whitehead. When it breaks the skin that welcomes new forms of bacteria and can lead to more serious cases of acne. Focus on prevention and treat the contributors to acne, not the acne after it happens.