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  • What exactly is inside of that bulging pimple?

  • It's probably even worse than you think.

  • That white pus is packed with a cocktail mix of bacteria, dead skin cells, white blood cells, and an oily waxy material called sebum.

  • Under the right conditions,

  • these four ingredients create the perfect storm for infection.

  • Here's how.

  • Inside each pore of your skin are tiny sacs called sebaceous glands.

  • These glands secrete an oily material called sebum, which lubricates and waterproofs your hair.

  • But that's not the only thing Sebum is good for.

  • It's also an energy source for a type of bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes.

  • Normally, Propionibacterium acnes lives harmoniously in and on your skin.

  • But sometimes it gets out of control--

  • and that's when the trouble starts.

  • When your sebaceous glands grow more active like during puberty,

  • they generate a surplus of sebum.

  • The excess sebum can clog your pores.

  • The pore is now a food fest for bacteria, which start to multiply out of control.

  • This triggers alarms in your body, which identifies the infestation as a threat.

  • So your body dispatches white blood cells to the area to fight the abnormally large cluster of bacteria.

  • As a result, the area becomes inflamed,

  • causing the skin at the surface to swell and redden.

  • Eventually, that swelling will come to a head, literally.

  • Even worse, popping the pimple opens a gateway for additional bacteria on your fingers,

  • which could prolong, or even worsen the already infected pore.

  • So the next time you have the urge to pop a pimple, consider the consequences.

What exactly is inside of that bulging pimple?

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