We’ve long known that what is going on inside your body, manifests itself in your skin. With Acne, which has internal bacterial origins as well as surface bacterial antagonists, there are also hormones, food sensitivities and a whole host of other imbalances that can result in breakouts.
A UCLA study conducted with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute has discovered that acne bacteria contain “bad” strains associated with pimples and “good” strains that may protect the skin.
The findings, published in the Feb. 28 edition of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the scientists looked at a tiny microbe with a big name: Propionibacterium acnes, bacteria that thrive in the oily depths of our pores. When the bacteria aggravate the immune system, they cause the swollen, red bumps associated with acne.
“We were extremely excited to uncover a third strain of P. acnes that’s common in healthy skin yet rarely found when acne is present,” said Li, who is also a member of UCLA’s Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging. “We suspect that this strain contains a natural defense mechanism that enables it to recognize attackers and destroy them before they infect the bacterial cell.”This finding can change the approach to acne treatment and provide a holistic approach. By maintaining and promoting this good strain of bacteria, may be a natural way to fight acne in the future.
“This P. acnes strain may protect the skin, much like yogurt’s live bacteria help defend the gut from harmful bugs,” Li said. “Our next step will be to investigate whether a probiotic cream can block bad bacteria from invading the skin and prevent pimples before they start.”
Knowing that bacteria require a specific climate and conditions to thrive, a topical cream or serum would be great – perhaps after a mild acid peel to remove old skin cells, leaving the pores open to receive the healthy bacteria. I hope it comes soon!