Do Ears Get Acne?

Skin is the largest organ in the body, it is our soft waterproof protective outer covering. It has to deal with the wear and tear of every day activities, growth and aging. One of the most common skin disorders that affect 80% of people aged 11 to 30 is acne. Although most common in this age group, it can occur at any time even appearing for the first time in your twenties or thirties.  Acne is a word used to term the appearance of black heads, white heads and pus filled spots.

Your skin has millions of hair follicles. Acne can occur when there is an increase of oil produced from glands near these hair follicles. Dead skin cells lining the hair follicles (or pores) of the skin are not shed properly and clog the hair follicles causing white heads, pores that are open and exposed to the air causes a more noticeable black head. 

There are hundreds of thousands of hair follicles on your face. The ear has hair follicles but is not the most common area to develop acne. Acne occur mainly on the forehead, nose and chin due to the size of the pores. The ear being a funnel for sound can sometimes be a funnel for dirt, debris and leftover shampoo from the shower. 

Inside your ear has its own cleaning mechanism that manages well being oily, and the glands produce cerumen to keep the ear canal lubricated ready to remove dirt or debris out of thr ear. Sometimes however you can still get blackheads or spots filled with pus appear in the concha (bowl) of your outer ear if grease is trapped and bacteria grows in a pore and deeply clogged pores can become swollen lumps that are red and tender to touch.

Bacteria can sit in and around your ear from using ear plugs or head phones or your hearing aid, so make sure items you put into your ear have been wiped clean first. Working in a dirty environment, pollution in the environment and not cleaning your skin properly can increase chances of blocked pores. You have to be careful not to clean your skin too harshly because your body is naturally lined with oil. Increases in hormone levels can increase acne and is why it is common between the ages of 11 and 30. Acne can also be linked to stress or new medication you may be taking.


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