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Clogged hair follicles? WRONG! You have NO hair where you have acne!


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#1 Chocobot

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:13 PM

You've seen it a million times before: pictures of hair follicles clogged with oil, with a hair sticking out.

It's inaccurate!

Notice how your acne forms where you have NO HAIR? Hair doesn't grow around my mouth yet I get acne right there! Not where my mustache grows, but around it! Not where hair grows on my chin, but around it! Not where hair grows on my cheeks, but above! Not on my eyebrows, but between and above them on my forehead! And on my nose! And I have no hair on my upper back, but I have acne there!

They always use pictures of plugged hair follicles with a hair sticking out, but it goes to show how little thought they actually put into this.

Unless you have an ingrown hair or something that is actually clogging the pore like dust or whatever, having hair growing out of those pores will PREVENT acne.

Oil is secreted inside the pore, and due to the same reason that water can travel on a string (pour water on a string of floss), oil will go ALONG the hair and OUT of the skin pore, and then it is washed away over time.

So why do we have acne? Because we have NO HAIR on those parts of our skin. Most people have at least a little bit of fuzz on their cheeks. Do you? I sure don't. A lot of guys have hair on their upper back, do you? I don't! Even girls have fuzz on their faces usually, but those with acne? Ask yourself, where is there hair on your acne?

The oil doesn't come out, because there is no hair. So it just accumulates like water in a sink, until it overflows, then your face is all oily! From there, it becomes more and more difficult for oil to get out of the pores because oil is more like mud than water, it doesn't just run down your face, it will accumulate and prevent the rest of it from coming out. If you end up putting any pressure on the oily parts of your skin, such as by taking off a shirt (pay attention the next time you pull your shirt off, you'll notice it will rub against your upper back, and your chin/nose/ and forehead!) or by touching your face, even a little bit, you obviously make it worst because you just pushed the oil back inside hundreds or thousands of pores.

All that oil is good for bacterias to multiply in, it gets infected, and the result is acne, at least for people with white heads and such acne.

So yes, clogged pores cause acne, because oil doesn't make it's way out, because of a lack of hair.

So of course things like accutane will work, it prevents your skin from producing as much oil. That's all it does. Many other products can wash away oil from your face which will help the oil come out, and I'm sure avoiding certain foods or eating some others can alter oil production. That's why so many things work: anything that reduces oil production or washes it away will work.

But the reason most of us probably get acne is because unlike most people, who usually have some fuzz or full facial hair around the mouth, etc., which allows oil to be secreted out of the pores, we don't, and then add overactive oil glands. Hence in those areas, we are likely to get acne if oil isn't removed or if it gets pushed back in, and it is probably quite difficult to get a deep face wash and to avoid 100% contact with the face.

That's all.

Edited by Chocobot, 17 May 2011 - 04:19 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:41 PM

But the human body is covered in hair, everywhere except the palms of your hands and feet.

I think the problem comes in when people's pores on their faces are bigger than the hairs that fill them. Where you DONT have eyebrow or beard hair (in guys) but fine all over hair that is smaller than the pore. It allows an area for the sebum and dirt and dead skin cells to collect.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:44 PM

My skin pores are not large on my chin or above my eyebrows, or on my forehead. In fact they are very big on my upper cheeks yet I usually don't get acne there. I get it around my mouth and chin especially, and skin pores are minuscule there, but there is no visible hair.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:43 PM

you have hair follicles all over your body except your palms and soles of your feet. Hence why you dont get acne there.

Edited by Acnesucks33, 17 May 2011 - 07:44 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:24 PM

I don't get any acne anywhere except on my face and upper back where oil production is high AND there is no hair.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 05:07 AM

Thats true too. My skin is actually frightfully dry, I used to have to apply moisturizer 3-4 times a day just to control the dryness.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 05:11 AM

"some people graduate, but we still stupid"
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Posted 22 May 2011 - 12:13 PM

So this theory of yours relies entirely on anecdotal evidence...?

The psilosebacious gland, which is involved in acne, does indeed contain a hair follicle whether you can see it or not.

Edited by 03GT, 22 May 2011 - 12:14 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2011 - 02:13 PM

QUOTE (Chocobot @ May 17 2011, 05:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oil is secreted inside the pore, and due to the same reason that water can travel on a string (pour water on a string of floss), oil will go ALONG the hair and OUT of the skin pore, and then it is washed away over time.


That might sound reasonable to most readers here, but several times over the years I've posted the experimental findings by Kligman and his colleagues, who found (much to their own surprise, I might add) that sebum has no propensity whatsoever to travel or be drawn along the length of hairs, as if the hairs were some sort of "wick". They examined and tested that theory in different ways, and it simply didn't happen! For example, they put the end of hairs in a pool of human sebum, and then watched to see if it was drawn along the hair. It didn't happen. They figured that maybe the hair has to be wet or moistened first, or in some kind of humid environment, before the sebum will "track"; so they repeated the experiment under different conditions of wetness and humidity. Again, NOTHING HAPPENED. The oil didn't "track" or "flow" along the hair. They also tried stringing together several hairs in a closely parallel formation on a frame, thinking that capillarity had something to do with the flow of oil. After applying sebum to one end of the hairs...AGAIN, nothing else happened! It didn't "flow", and wasn't "drawn" along the length of the hairs! biggrin.gif

The researchers said that the inescapable conclusion to be drawn from their study was that sebum has no propensity whatsoever to "flow" along hairs. They said the only reason that oil and sebum gets onto hair in the first place is apparently because of direct physical contact, like when you scratch your head or comb your hair, sleep on a pillow, etc.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 02:41 AM

i get acne in areas where i have less hair (mainly my cheeks) and do not really get it that much on my beard area