This unsightly and annoying problem is due to an accumulation of dead cells and fat in the hair follicles , although it also has a hormonal component , which is why in many cases, they usually appear at the end of the menstrual cycle.
For this reason, although it has a special incidence in adolescents, it can occur at any age .
NOT ALL GRAINS ARE EQUAL
We can differentiate two types of grains depending on the injury that occurs:
- Retentional injury : white and black dots
- Inflammatory lesion : characterized by redness or pus
BLACKHEADS: YOUR SEBACEOUS GLANDS PRODUCE TOO MUCH SEBUM
Whenever there is a pimple, there is an excessive production of sebum , an oily substance produced by the glands located in the dermis and that goes outside through the excretory canal .
It plays a fundamental role in hydrating and protecting the skin. Hormones are responsible for controlling its production , particularly testosterone and progesterone . With menstruation , the levels of the female hormone (estrogen) decrease compared to those of the male hormone (testosterone), which causes an increase in sebum production.
When its production is excessive, it accumulates in the excretory canal until it ends up blocking it as if it were a plug that, in contact with air, oxidizes, giving it that characteristic black color .
Although they are usually more common on the face (forehead, nose and chin), since these cells are more active, they can also appear on the upper back and torso.
RED OR WHITE GRANITES: HYPERKERATINIZATION
When the excretory canal is blocked , the tissues surrounding this area are affected , especially the cells of the epidermis, the keratinocytes . And how are they going to respond? Multiplying, which causes a localized thickening (hyperkeratinization) of the skin that makes the release of sebum even more difficult and the blockage even more important .
WHITE GRANITES: BACTERIAL DEVELOPMENT
In these cases, we must speak of an inflammatory lesion and it occurs when, due to the accumulation of sebum in the dermis, bacteria develop, which in turn produce inflammatory substances .
This is how the pimple increases in size and acquires a white appearance due to the presence of pus.
Did you know?
Oily skin is a genetic condition. We cannot change our skin type. However, we can control it with cosmetic and hygiene-dietary measures. In particular, watch your diet and lifestyle.
CLEANING AND EXFOLIATION, KEYS
To keep pimples on your face at bay, you'll need to start taking their care very seriously .
Do a good facial cleansing morning and night . Additionally, exfoliate your face to keep it free of dead cells that clog your pores and prevent the active ingredients in your cosmetics from working 100% .
We recommend OhMyKoko's Exfoliating Renewing Cleansing Gel . This cleanser based on 5 fruity AHAs and oat extract gently and thoroughly cleanses your skin, while performing a chemical exfoliation that will keep your pores free of dead cells .
The result is clean, refined and purified skin with free and oxygenated pores , ready to receive all the benefits of the rest of the active ingredients in your cosmetic routine.
REGULATES FAT PRODUCTION
In addition, you need to treat excess sebum production on your face, to do this, we recommend the Pore Minimizing Sebum Regulating Serum from OhMyKoko . Thanks to niacinamide and an incredible selection of natural and vegan active ingredients , it regulates sebum production , in addition to deeply hydrating your skin and combating the signs of aging .
ALSO, DON'T FORGET TO FIGHT...
Stress causes the secretion of cortisol , a hormone that causes increased sebum production , in addition to being a pro-inflammatory factor .
Our liver is one of the organs responsible for the elimination of toxic substances and toxins. However, when we have continued bad habits or commit abundant excesses in food , we can cause it to become overloaded and its purifying capacity to collapse . When this occurs, other organs such as the skin are more compromised, causing an excessive accumulation of toxins at the skin level and, with it, the formation of pimples .
Excessive sugar consumption , especially between meals , increases the secretion of insulin , a hormone that controls blood sugar levels. When this occurs, the production of testosterone increases and with it, sebum production. Additionally, sugar promotes inflammation .
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