What are acne bacteria?
How do acne bacteria function?
Cutibacterium acnes impacts the sebum-producing cells, as well as impacting retentional acne. The skin microbiome affects two main forms of acne: inflammatory acne and retentional acne.
Skin microbiome imbalance is accompanied by the formation of biofilm: these are thin layers that isolate the bacteria from the outside, allowing them to continue to grow and make them more resistant to antibacterial treatments. It has also been shown that certain strains of C.acnes can impact the severity of juvenile acne.
We must respect the various forms of the skin microbiome, in order to maintain it, and acne patients should use suitable products in order to RESTORE it.
How can you restore the skin microbiome if you have acne?
Some prescribed acne treatments use antibiotics to fight Cutibacterium acnes, but this may further disrupt the skin microbiome. In general, these treatments should not be used on their own so as to avoid the development of resistance and treatment failures.
The preferred approach is to use certain active ingredients present in anti-acne creams that limit the formation of biofilm and/or help rebalance the skin microbiome and therefore regulate the appearance of acne.