Clogged Pores

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Clogged pores are filled with a buildup of sebum (oil), dead skin cells, bacteria, and other minuscule debris, like makeup.

Also Called

Whiteheads, blackheads, acne, pimples

Frequently Found On

Back, chest, arms

What are clogged pores?

Clogged pores are pores with a buildup of oil and dead skin cells, and potentially other miniscule debris, like dirt and makeup. Because pores are constantly producing oil (sebum) that keeps the skin moisturized and protected, and the skin is constantly producing and shedding keratin (more skin), clogged pores are extremely normal. They’re especially common in oilier skin types, and in adolescence or any time the body is going through hormone fluctuation that sets off more oil production. Certain diseases, medications, and stress can set off oil production in the ski