Acne is the result of excessive sebum and bacteria that plug the pores. Acne comes in different forms, the whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. People who have whiteheads are suffering from the skin cells blocking the pores. People with blackheads, on the other hand, have pores that are exposed to the air which oxidizes the surface of the pore. Pimples are plugged pores that have become infected. Acne can appear in any part of the body, but commonly appears on the face, neck, chest, and the back of the body. The pus accumulated in any form of acne has some degree of odor. However, it becomes a different story if a person’s acne creates a foul smell. Here are the possible reasons:
- Dead skin cells – The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis. It contains twenty layers of dead skin cells that gradually slough off. The natural order dictates that when new skin cells develop, the dead ones are pushed out. With acne however, these layers of dead skin cells become trapped inside the skin’s pores forming a plug with sebum and decaying skin that can emit a foul smell.
- Bacteria – There are certain types of bacteria that can be beneficial to the skin. However, harmful bacteria can also be present in the skin. One such bacterium is staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus feeds on the elements blocking the pores resulting in an infection of the acne. This also creates a very noticeable foul odor. Another bacterium found in acne is Propionibacterium acnes. This is tiny microbe lives in the oily region of the skin’s pores and aggravates the immune response, which causes red swollen bumps to appear on the skin
- Pricking acne – Pricking or squeezing acne is a basic rule in acne prevention and remedy, and for good reason. This act introduces even more dirt and bacteria to the already infected pores, which can lead to even worse smelling acne. Pricking acne, one by one, can also increase the infestation of bacteria in other acne. The medium used in pricking will help the bacteria travel to another acne and infect it. This can also cause acne to spread. A combination of hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide make up the stench released by pricking smelly acne. Imagine rotten eggs, the stench of swamps, and the stink of sewers. Smelly acne can be embarrassing, so if you have pricked that acne, be rid of the smell by applying disinfectant on the affected area, though it is always best to consult an expert for the right solution.
A person suffering from acne may already be suffering from emotional stress. In order to avoid acne—especially smelly acne, it is always good to go back to the basics. Good old fashioned clean soap and warm water always does the trick, along with proper hygiene. Cleanliness is not only next to godliness, but is also the next best thing to do in order to avoid acne, smelly or not.