The Future of Acne Treatment : Customizable Bacteria?
There was much buzz about a recent discovery that acne-free people tended to have higher levels of a certain skin-friendly bacteria, whereas the people who tended toward acne breakouts were basically amiss of this same bacteria, or had very little of it.
The thought has always been that most bacteria is not good for those with acne, but it turns out that, much like our guts rely on gut-friendly bacteria (the kind you find in active yogurt cultures), our face also relies on a good type of bacteria to stay clear and vibrant. Those who don’t have enough of the bacteria tend to see their faces break out more often, and don’t have skin that looks as healthy.
This discovery may lead not only to specialized zit creams that are based in bacteria (years down the road still most likely), but also may lead to a tailored, specialized approach to treating acne in the dermatologists office by tailoring a treatment based on the patient’s bacterial profiles of their skin.
If they can tell what types of bacteria typically inhabit one’s skin, then they can actually target specific bacteria to add to the skin that will help to keep the skin clear, making treatment more effective for the individual instead of taking a universal cure-all approach, which often doesn’t work anyways with acne patients.
The new treatment therapy may actually be able to stop acne before it even starts. This is sure to be a hit if it really does work, but patients would also have to make sure they are keeping their skin clean and using the right skincare techniques as well. Acne treatment always has two different approaches that need to be followed if it is to be successful.
First off, the internal part of acne needs to be addressed. Whether that is through some sort of herbal therapy or through an effective acne medication (many of them are dangerous in my opinion) depends on the patient’s preferences and means.
Then, there is the external part of treating acne. This means that the proper products must be used on the skin in order to maintain proper moisture balance and to help adequately cleanse of bad bacteria while also cleaning the pores, and reducing surface sebum at the same time.
This absolutely has to be a method that does not dry the skin out, which just perpetuates acne because it creates the foundation for the oil glands to continuously pump out more and more oil, which just attracts more dirt and bacteria to the pores.