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how fast does acne form?

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Hey guys, i'm 29 struggling with Cystic Acne since 18. I have always wondered how fast Acne forms. Is it something that's in your skin maybe 1 week ago, and finally grows into visibile acne? or does it all happen overnight? Thanks for your input.

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It takes a few weeks from the time the microcomedo forms (the clogged pore) to the time where it turns into a noticeable pimple. Some people will say that they break out over night (e.g., when they eat certain foods, try a new product, etc.). Apart from allergic reactions or steriod induced acne, breakouts do not form that quickly. What may happen with inflamed pimples is that things (diet, stress, humidity/heat. etc.) may irritate already existing comedones in the skin and cause them to flare up rather quickly. The core of the pimple started forming weeks prior to the flare up though.

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Very interesting to know! I have another questions, Once a pore is blocked is there anyway to unblock before it gets worse? if you put on creams or make up on a blocked pore does it make the acne worse? And how does Sunlight affect this? Thank you.

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It takes a few weeks from the time the microcomedo forms (the clogged pore) to the time where it turns into a noticeable pimple. Some people will say that they break out over night (e.g., when they eat certain foods, try a new product, etc.). Apart from allergic reactions or steriod induced acne, breakouts do not form that quickly. What may happen with inflamed pimples is that things (diet, stress, humidity/heat. etc.) may irritate already existing comedones in the skin and cause them to flare up rather quickly. The core of the pimple started forming weeks prior to the flare up though.
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It takes a few weeks from the time the microcomedo forms (the clogged pore) to the time where it turns into a noticeable pimple. Some people will say that they break out over night (e.g., when they eat certain foods, try a new product, etc.). Apart from allergic reactions or steriod induced acne, breakouts do not form that quickly. What may happen with inflamed pimples is that things (diet, stress, humidity/heat. etc.) may irritate already existing comedones in the skin and cause them to flare up rather quickly. The core of the pimple started forming weeks prior to the flare up though.

I beg to differ. It can be only 1-2 days for me (small whiteheads) and 4-7 days for something more (but I usually feel it coming on within a day). I've verified this over the years. And it's not an allergic response, and definitely not from steroids.

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It takes a few weeks from the time the microcomedo forms (the clogged pore) to the time where it turns into a noticeable pimple. Some people will say that they break out over night (e.g., when they eat certain foods, try a new product, etc.). Apart from allergic reactions or steriod induced acne, breakouts do not form that quickly. What may happen with inflamed pimples is that things (diet, stress, humidity/heat. etc.) may irritate already existing comedones in the skin and cause them to flare up rather quickly. The core of the pimple started forming weeks prior to the flare up though.

I beg to differ. It can be only 1-2 days for me (small whiteheads) and 4-7 days for something more (but I usually feel it coming on within a day). I've verified this over the years. And it's not an allergic response, and definitely not from steroids.

That's not to say that it CAN takes week to form, but many people have experienced it being much quicker.

What dermatologists don't know about acne is a lot.

Marcel: Yes, you can help to unblock it which should reduce the severity of the breakout. I recommend a mild, all natural fruit enzyme peel or mask (not the kind that you leave on overnight, but the kind you put on your whole face for 5-10 minutes while it helps exfoliate). By doing this I've consistently reduced the severity of breakouts (when they do happen).

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It takes a few weeks from the time the microcomedo forms (the clogged pore) to the time where it turns into a noticeable pimple. Some people will say that they break out over night (e.g., when they eat certain foods, try a new product, etc.). Apart from allergic reactions or steriod induced acne, breakouts do not form that quickly. What may happen with inflamed pimples is that things (diet, stress, humidity/heat. etc.) may irritate already existing comedones in the skin and cause them to flare up rather quickly. The core of the pimple started forming weeks prior to the flare up though.

I beg to differ. It can be only 1-2 days for me (small whiteheads) and 4-7 days for something more (but I usually feel it coming on within a day). I've verified this over the years. And it's not an allergic response, and definitely not from steroids.

That's not to say that it CAN takes week to form, but many people have experienced it being much quicker.

What dermatologists don't know about acne is a lot.

Marcel: Yes, you can help to unblock it which should reduce the severity of the breakout. I recommend a mild, all natural fruit enzyme peel or mask (not the kind that you leave on overnight, but the kind you put on your whole face for 5-10 minutes while it helps exfoliate). By doing this I've consistently reduced the severity of breakouts (when they do happen).

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Very interesting to know! I have another questions, Once a pore is blocked is there anyway to unblock before it gets worse? if you put on creams or make up on a blocked pore does it make the acne worse? And how does Sunlight affect this? Thank you.
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I posted this in response to a question in another thread, but I thought this info was worth repeating here. This is one of the clearest descriptions of the differences between each type of acne lesion and what leads to each type of acne lesion. It also has a nice, concise explanation of why some lesions get inflamed and others don't.

This is an excerpt from Marc Lees book "Skin Care Beyond the Basics" Great reference book!

Noninflammatory and Inflammatory Acne Lesions

As cells build up on the inside of the follicle wall they form a small impaction called a microcomedo. Microcomedones are actually a mixture of dead cells, bacteria, fatty acids from sebum, and other cellular debris. Microcomedones are not visible to the naked eye. They cannot be seen without a microscope. They continue to retain more and more of the mixture of dead cells, sebum, and bacteria, until they become a visible lesion under the surface of the skin.

There is a point in the development of the impaction where the microcomedo either becomes an inflammatory or noninflammatory lesion. Noninflammatory means that the impaction is not red or inflamed. Examples of noninflammatory lesions are open comedones (blackheads) and closed comedones (whiteheads).

Open comedones occur when the follicle is large enough to hold all of the debris retained by the follicle. The ostium, or opening, in these follicles is dilated by the mass of the impaction, allowing the comedo to push toward the surface opening.

Proprionbacterium acnes (p. acnes) is the scientific name of the bacteria that causes acne vulgaris. Open comedones do not encourage development of this bacterial growth because the follicle opening is large enough to expose the follicle to oxygen. The oxygen is also what causes the blackhead to form at the exposed part of the impaction. This darkening is caused by the exposure of the top of the comedo to the oxygen in the air outside the follicle. The sebum turns a brown color, similar to the way mayonnaise will turn yellow if left out on a picnic table for a period of time. The darkness is also caused by clumps of melanin (skin pigment) present in the dead cells in the comdeo. This theory is easily demonstrated by observing an extracted open comedo. It is a solid cylindrical plug, topped by a dark area that gets lighter as the deeper parts of the impaction are extracted.

Open comedones, therefore, rarely develop into inflammatory lesions. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for closed comedones. Closed comedones have very small pore openings, which prevents oxygen from readily penetrating the follicle. The walls of the follicle stretch to hold the contents of the impaction, but the follicle opening does not. Because of this lack of oxygen, the lesions can easily become inflamed due to the increasing numbers of bacteria multiplying in the anaerobic environment.

Closed comedones are easily recognizable. They are small underground bumps and are not easily extracted. They are frequently associated with the use of comedogenic cosmetics, as indicated in the blush line of some women.

When enough bacteria form inside the closed comedo and the impaction becomes large enough, a small tear occurs in the follicle wall, which stimulates the immune system to investigate, releasing white blood cells into the area. This begins the inflammatory process.

A papule is a red, sore bump without a whitehead (no pus). This is the beginning of the rescue by the white blood cells. When enough white blood cells arrive, they may form a clump and rise to the surface, creating what is known as a pustule. Pus is the common name for this clump of white blood cells. For practical purposes, a papule is often described by the client as a large, red, sore bump that never comes to a head. Papules seem sometimes to magically disappear. This is because the immune system has won the battle and disposed of the remains through normal blood excretion. Papules affect the nerve endings more than pustules because they are deeper in the skin. This explains the soreness. Pustules have migrated the impaction toward the skin surface, dilating the follicle opening and relieving the pressure on the nerve endings, resulting in less pain.

A nodule is similar to a papule, but is deeper in the skin and feels very solid and sore. Cysts are deep infections caused by a deep, massive invasion of white blood cells. They are very pustular and very large.

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there was this dude's site. he tried to experiment with relations between sugar and acne for 40 years or so. he recorded daily what he ate so he knew what food to avoid. he said whatever he ate, it showed on his face 3 days later.

but for me, it's almost instant. whenever i drink coffee, i can almost feel the irritation instantly lol

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I still don't believe it guys. If I eat something sugary, parts of my face feel tingly within a few hours, and I break out within two days. Period.

Dermatalogists and academics don't even know why people get acne, so why should anything they say about this be believed automatically?

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well with my experiences..i usually feel bumps on my face...then within like 1-3 days where those bumps are irriation forms (redness) then within 24 hours a head forms where that irritation is.

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I still don't believe it guys. If I eat something sugary, parts of my face feel tingly within a few hours, and I break out within two days. Period.
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I still don't believe it guys. If I eat something sugary, parts of my face feel tingly within a few hours, and I break out within two days. Period.

the microcomedones could have already been formed, an inflammatory response could possibly happen more quickly so maybe the inflammation happens within a few days, but the microcomedone was forming way before that. keep in mind that the skin normal cycle takes 28 days. (unless you are using a retinoid, or have psoriasis.)

but acne definitely starts forming before you can see or feel the signs of it.

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well with my experiences..i usually feel bumps on my face...then within like 1-3 days where those bumps are irriation forms (redness) then within 24 hours a head forms where that irritation is.
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It takes a few weeks from the time the microcomedo forms (the clogged pore) to the time where it turns into a noticeable pimple. Some people will say that they break out over night (e.g., when they eat certain foods, try a new product, etc.). Apart from allergic reactions or steriod induced acne, breakouts do not form that quickly. What may happen with inflamed pimples is that things (diet, stress, humidity/heat. etc.) may irritate already existing comedones in the skin and cause them to flare up rather quickly. The core of the pimple started forming weeks prior to the flare up though.

I beg to differ. It can be only 1-2 days for me (small whiteheads) and 4-7 days for something more (but I usually feel it coming on within a day). I've verified this over the years. And it's not an allergic response, and definitely not from steroids.

That's not to say that it CAN takes week to form, but many people have experienced it being much quicker.

What dermatologists don't know about acne is a lot.

Marcel: Yes, you can help to unblock it which should reduce the severity of the breakout. I recommend a mild, all natural fruit enzyme peel or mask (not the kind that you leave on overnight, but the kind you put on your whole face for 5-10 minutes while it helps exfoliate). By doing this I've consistently reduced the severity of breakouts (when they do happen).

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I still don't believe it guys. If I eat something sugary, parts of my face feel tingly within a few hours, and I break out within two days. Period.

the microcomedones could have already been formed, an inflammatory response could possibly happen more quickly so maybe the inflammation happens within a few days, but the microcomedone was forming way before that. keep in mind that the skin normal cycle takes 28 days. (unless you are using a retinoid, or have psoriasis.)

but acne definitely starts forming before you can see or feel the signs of it.

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well with my experiences..i usually feel bumps on my face...then within like 1-3 days where those bumps are irriation forms (redness) then within 24 hours a head forms where that irritation is.

And before those bumps that you can actually feel, there were tiny, little bumps forming that you couldn't see or feel. The microcomedone is the root of all acne lesions - whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, nodules, etc. They all start off with the development of a microcomedo - but then the paths they take become very different.

This process also explains why people who go on antibotics often get a major flare of acne when they come off the antibiotics - its often worse than when they started taking the medication. This is because the antibiotics only kill bacteria and reduce the inflamation - they do nothing to clear out the microcomedones. So, the microcomedones continue to accumulate, but do not become inflamed due to the anitibiotics. When the antibiotics are stopped, all those little comedones are just sitting there waiting to turn into full-blown, inflamed pimples. Then people are shocked when they get a sudden flare up 1-2 months after coming off the antibiotics.

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well with my experiences..i usually feel bumps on my face...then within like 1-3 days where those bumps are irriation forms (redness) then within 24 hours a head forms where that irritation is.

And before those bumps that you can actually feel, there were tiny, little bumps forming that you couldn't see or feel. The microcomedone is the root of all acne lesions - whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, nodules, etc. They all start off with the development of a microcomedo - but then the paths they take become very different.

This process also explains why people who go on antibotics often get a major flare of acne when they come off the antibiotics - its often worse than when they started taking the medication. This is because the antibiotics only kill bacteria and reduce the inflamation - they do nothing to clear out the microcomedones. So, the microcomedones continue to accumulate, but do not become inflamed due to the anitibiotics. When the antibiotics are stopped, all those little comedones are just sitting there waiting to turn into full-blown, inflamed pimples. Then people are shocked when they get a sudden flare up 1-2 months after coming off the antibiotics.

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We appreciate your thoughtful contribution to the discussion. Please try and be less wordy and bit more concise in your responses though.

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This is all really good information, and should be useful to people who worry that their new diet isn't working immediate results. I'm guessing that a diet may require a couple months before you see the final results and effects on your skin.

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