One step closer to clearer complexions!
For decades, scientists have puzzled over the main mystery of acne: If the zit-causing bacteria known as P. acnes lives on everyone's skin, why do some people react to it with relentless breakouts, while others get to enjoy clear, resilient complexions?
Now, a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has discovered a possible answer. Researchers from UCLA lifted P. acnes bacteria from the pores of 49 acne-prone and 52 clear-complexioned volunteers. What they found were more than 1,000 strains of the bacteria, from which they were able to identify genes unique to each strain.
And it turns out that all P. acnes was not created equal.
"We were extremely excited to uncover a strain of P. acnes that's common in healthy skin, yet rarely found when acne is present," said principal investigator Huiying Li, an assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
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