Propionibacterium Acnes | The Acne Causing Bacteria

What Is Propionibacterium acnes Bacteria?

propionibacterium acnes imageAlthough a bit scientific this piece on Propionibacterium acnes is actually quite interesting and gives a little better understanding of acne vulgaris.

Fortunately Propionibacterium acnes bacteria do not multiply very fast, the scientific explanation of it will baffle you with big words, but basically it does not require oxygen in order to survive, and it can be responsible for other health problems beside acne for example inflammation of the eyelids, known as blepharitis.

Propionibacterium acnes is a natually occurring microbe that is to be found on almost all adults.

Its main diet is fatty acids especially the skins natural oil sebum.Surprisingly perhaps, medical research tells us it is also to be found in the intestines.It gets its name from its ability to produce propionic acid, a naturally occurring compound.

When a pore on the skin becomes blocked, Propionibacterium trapped inside continue to multiply and at the same time secrete certain chemical compound that eventually cause a rupture in the pore wall, thus causing inflammation and forming a pimple, zit or acne lesion, this cell-wall rupture may also allow other bacteria into the damaged area.

Initial research indicates that the Staphylococcus and other types of bacteria are not normally present in healthy undamaged pores.

The above paragraph demonstrates the utmost importance in keeping skin pores clear and unblocked, so obviously this should be where most of your acne-clearing efforts should lie, once you really understand this fact you will be treating the underlying cause of your acne and not just the symptoms, like pimples and zits.

Easier said than done perhaps, especially if your are a teenager whose oil glands are going mad producing a lot of oil, but excess oil in itself is not the problem, dead skin cells mixed with bacteria blocking the pores are, by keeping the pores clear and the face free of dead skin cells and other contaminates, oil can escape and be cleaned off.

P. acnes bacteria is killed by benzoyl peroxide, and of course some antibiotics and other drugs.

During research for this article it was also discovered that Chloroxylenol and Chlorhexidine is also good at getting rid of this bacteria, now while these chemical compounds will mean little to average reader, a little digging revealed that apart from some industrial uses to control bacteria in water-based products, Chloroxylenol is also a common additive for antibacterial hand soaps, and Dettol.

Chlorhexidine is a chemical antiseptic, used in products such as dental mouthwashes and contact lens solutions. It is also used in some acne skin washes and cleansers.

P. acnes bacterium is also killed by ultraviolet light, although it needs to be of a certain wavelength, this property is used in acne light therapy, more properly called phototherapy.

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