Advertisement

How are hair follicles related to pimples?

Elevated hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands (glands that are attached to hair follicles or pores) to produce greater amounts of sebum, or oil. Acne forms when a hair follicle or pore becomes plugged with the sebum and dead skin cells. Bacteria that normally live on your skin (called P. acnes) may infect the plug, causing the pore to become inflamed and swollen, resulting in a pimple.

There is a type of acne, called pomade acne, that occurs on the scalp, forehead, and temples where pomade on the hair comes into contact with the skin. Pomade acne usually consists of comedones, with perhaps a few papules and pustules.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Each hair follicle is connected to a gland that produces oil, which moves up the follicle. The oil can mix with dead skin cells and block the opening of the follicle, attracting bacteria and leading to formation of a pimple. Watch the process in this animation.




Continue Learning about Acne

Avoiding Adult Acne
Avoiding Adult Acne
Won't they ever go away? As an adult, you expect pimples to be a thing of the past. But for many adults, blemishes continue to mar otherwise healthy s...
Read More
What’s the difference between acne and rosacea?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Acne and rosacea may look similar, but some important differences set them apart. Acne can cause...
More Answers
6 Weird Facts About Acne
6 Weird Facts About Acne6 Weird Facts About Acne6 Weird Facts About Acne6 Weird Facts About Acne
Discover bizarre truths about acne and learn how to fight a bad breakout.
Start Slideshow
How Do I Treat Blackheads?
How Do I Treat Blackheads?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.