• Question: why do some people have chronic pimples?

    Asked by lavigne to Dorcas, Jay Oty, Mel, Chapa, Priscilla on 1 Oct 2014. This question was also asked by Diana.
    • Photo: Dorcas Kamuya

      Dorcas Kamuya answered on 1 Oct 2014:

      Hi Lavigne,
      Pimples are due to over active sebaceous glads – glads found beneath the hair follicles. These glads produce sebum,the oily substance that makes our skin moist. As you know, as we grow, dead cells are expelled from our bodies through the pores in the skin etc. sometimes, these dead cells get stuck by the sebum, thereby blocking the skin pores, and this causes production of more sebum. The sebum has different types of bacteria,including one which causes acne (pimples).

      So if we are producing sebum all the time, why is it that pimples are more common in the teenage years?

    • Photo: Priscilla Ngotho

      Priscilla Ngotho answered on 1 Oct 2014:

      Hi lavigne,

      There are many reasons why people could have chronic pimples. Mostly they don’t even know the real cause. I have them and gave been told every reason from having oily skin to eating too much blueband! Some of the causes include too much oil and dead cells in the skin which can lead to blocked pores and habour bacteria. The bacteria causes inflammation and swelling, forming a pimple. People with a lot of oil in the skin are more likely to have chronic pimples or acne.