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Why do skin pores get clogged?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A skin pore is an opening that allows oil produced by the sebaceous glands underneath the skin to emerge. The oil, called sebum, can act like a glue, binding with dead skin cells to block the opening. As the gland continues to produce oil, this can build up and eventually form a pimple. Watch this animation to see how pores can get clogged.


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