Your odds of having acne may depend on whether the “good” strain of a particular type of bacteria lives on your skin, a new study suggests.
” People never think of wanting to have good bacteria on their skin,” said lead author Huiying Li, an assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But some of them you should love.” It’s the presence of acne-defeating bacteria that allows people without acne to live relatively pimple-free, she explained.
Li and her team studies the bacterial strains on people’s faces using genomic analysis of microbial DNA. They discovered that the bacteria responsible for acne — called Propionibacterium acnes or P. acnes — are more complex than previously understood.
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