How are hair follicles related to pimples?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
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.

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