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Relations Between The Sebaceous Glands And Acne

Dr. Asmita Dhekne  Chebbi

Dr. Asmita Dhekne Chebbi

  Btm 1st stage, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   2 min     


A pimple is a tiny pustule or papule. Pimples are little skin lesions or inflammations of the skin - they grow when sebaceous glands (oil glands) become infected and obstructed, leading to bloated, red lesions filled with pus.

Pimples are also called as spots or zits.

The growth of pimples is primarily connected to oil creation, dead skin cells, blocked pores and bacteria. Yeast infection can also cause pimples to grow.

Sebaceous glands, which are found at the base of hair follicles, can become hyperactive due to hormone deregulation, which is why acne is the most commonly connected with adolescence, and why breakouts take place around the time of menses.

The most likely parts of the body to be affected by the pimples are face, back, chest and shoulders due to the expansion of sebaceous glands in these areas of skin. Pimples are the sign of acne, especially when the breakouts take place.

Dermatologists and other experts are more and more concerned about the long-term usage of antibiotics for acne treatment, and its contribution to bacterial resistance. Although pharmacies are well equipped with a wide range of acne medications, few studies have been carried out regarding their effectiveness.

Sebaceous glands 

The sebaceous glands are the small skin glands which secrete sebum - a waxy/oily substance - to grease the skin and hair of mammals, including humans.

Sebaceous glands are found all over human skin with the exemptions of the palms and soles. There is a greater attention of sebaceous glands on the scalp and face. At the rim of the eyelids, tarsal glands are a unique type of sebaceous gland that secrete meibum, a special kind of sebum that helps maintain the eye's tear-film by restraining evaporation.

Several medical conditions are connected to an abnormality in sebaceous gland function, containing:

Acne (pimples).

Sebaceous cysts - closed bladders or cysts below the surface of the skin.

Hyperplasia - the sebaceous glands turn enlarged, producing yellow, shiny bumps on the face.

Sebaceous adenoma - a slow-growing tumor (non-cancerous) normally presenting as a pink, flesh-colored, or yellow papule.

Sebaceous gland carcinoma – a hostile (cancerous) and uncommon skin tumor.

If a breakout takes place, doctors recommend that pimples be treated immediately to prevent the risk of increasing severe acne. There is also a risk of untreated severe acne may result in visible marks on the skin.

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