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Bacteria and Acne

The areas of the body most prone to acne have high numbers of sebaceous glands, which produce an oily substance known as "sebum." When these glands produce too much sebum, skin pores can become clogged, which leads to bacterial growth and acne development.  The bacterium Propionbacterium acnes is considered to be a key player in acne development because it uses sebum as an energy source, and its presence in the pores instigates an immune response that triggers inflammation.  Yet, P. acnes is highly abundant in the pores of people with and without acne.  A new study shows the difference rests with the presence of genes taht promote the colonization of harmful skin bacteria among those prone to acne.

Whether it is simply genetic, or the manifestation of other underlying skin issues, acne can be effectively treated.  A personalized skin care regimen, supplements, and proper diet can work to quell the inflammation.  Learn more about acne, and take steps to clear it up by scheduling an appointment at one of our three locations.  

Dr. Michael Freeman

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