Part two on the science behind blocked pores

Acne Oily Skin 2This second image shows you the life cycle of your skin cells.

It goes like this: Your new skin cells (technically called keratinocytes) form at the bottom of the epidermis. Those baby skin cells start out as living cells, which means they have cell nuclei (the central part of the cell that contains genetic material) and are nourished by your blood vessels.

As they develop, they gradually mature, flatten, and then die, slowly moving up toward the surface of your skin—a process that takes about 28 days, or four weeks. When your new skin cells die, they become known as corneocytes (dead skin cells), and they’re what you see on your skin’s surface.

In fact, there are about 15 to 20 layers of dead skin cells on the top layer of the epidermis. These cells are continually in the process of sloughing off as newer skin cells move up the epidermis beneath them.

So what does this have to do with your pores?

Interesting enough what you call your pores are simply the openings of your hair follicles. Your sebaceous glands, or the glands that produce the oils that keep your skin hydrated and healthy, are also located here.

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