Many of the people who suffer from acne have awakened one morning only to notice a pimple on their face. While it may seem to have just happened all-of-a-sudden, acne blemishes typically begin about 2 or 3 weeks before it appears on the surface of your skin.
Acne inflammation begins to occur around the sebaceous hair follicles … also known as your pores. The sebaceous glands, located deep within your pores, produce oil known as sebum. This oil is used to keep the skin moist and pliable.
During the skin cycle old skin cells die, mix with sebum, and are shed which gives way for new skin cells. Unfortunately the cycle is different for each individual. Sometimes the old skin doesn’t shed properly which ends up trapping sebum and bacteria within the hair follicle. The infected follicle starts to become irritated and swell because the skin is still producing sebum. White blood cells from your body then try to fight the infection … known as the pimple.