Too often the approach to acne is anti-biotics and benzoyl peroxide – both designed to kill the P.Acnes bacteria and thus reduce potential for acne breakouts of both papules and pustules. P Acnes is not the only bacteria that normally lives on our skin and can impact acne, but it is the major one.
It appears that not all P.Acnes bacteria are bad for our skin – new research shows there is a strain of P.Acnes that actually stimulates healthy skin…. read the article here.
I have always ascertained that just dealing with the bacteria is a short term and short sighted approach to acne….though the pharmaceutical industry likes you to focus on 1 thing at a time…well now it seems that the anti-bacteria approach is in need of fine tuning – so that good bacteria are not killed off at the same time as bad bacteria. It is the same way that antibiotics kill off the good bacteria in the digestive system and thus cause different problems from the one they are trying to control.
There is also a difference between adult and teenage acne…more ‘oil’ production in teenagers increases the ‘food’ for bacteria….not the condition typical with adults (where the stress hormone Cortisol) has a huge influence… See the article about stress being the differentiating factor for adult and teen acne. In this situation the Stress Recovery Complex may well be a greater help to control the breakouts..
There are other bacteria that affect acne – and I blogged about this in the article ‘Bacteria on your skin…OK? or Kill Them?‘
Essentially reducing the ‘favourable’ environment for bacteria is more important than trying to eliminate the bacteria…through gentle cleansing, appropriate exfoliation, assisting the skin to repair, using moisturizer only where needed, and a mineral sunscreen everyday. Having fewer pores blocked with dry skin will reduce the ‘food’ available for bacteria to have large families and thus ensure inflamed pimples of varying levels of pain and potential scarring.
To learn more about the acne condition, see the 2 part video on the latest acne strategies.
The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.