The surface of your skin is an ecosystem where about 1,000 species of bacteria thrive. Some microorganisms interact with your immune system in the hypodermis or innermost layer of the skin so that your body can produce antibodies, called antimicrobial peptides, against "bad bugs" and infections. Meanwhile, other microorganisms work to keep out the bad microbes directly. Hence, there should be a balance of microorganisms residing in this "community" for your skin to stay healthy.
This balance is influenced by various factors. In the case of acne, your skin produces more sebum as part of the changes your body experiences during adolescence. The skin becomes inflamed in response to this sebum overproduction, causing your skin microbiome to be more prone to acne-causing bacteria. Andrea Szegedi of Hungary's University of Debrecen asserted in her study that acne should, therefore, be seen more as a natural, physiological occurrence rather than an "accidentally occurring disease."
Szegedi's conclusion that the imbalance in skin bacteria leads to acne agrees with the earlier findings of a team from UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. The group led by Dr. Huiying Li discovered that the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is found in people with and without acne, but they found out that adults with acne had high levels of genes linked to the toxin-producing bacteria that promoted inflammation. Meanwhile, the skin of acne-free adults contained more genes that helped protect the skin from being colonized by harmful bacteria. Li suggests that treatments focusing on "modulating" skin microbiota are better than using antibiotics that can kill bacteria beneficial to the skin.
Traditional face mapping is rooted in Eastern medicine that says the condition of your skin can tell how healthy or unhealthy your body's internal organs are. Although it's not a fool-proof method, you can use the principle of examining parts of your face where acne abounds to help you determine what stimulates its appearance. Some products and bad habits contribute to the imbalance of your skin microbiome in those zones.
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As the largest organ of your body, your skin serves as the primary line of defense between your body and the outside world. How can you maintain a healthy balance of microbes on your skin?
Create the right pH environment.
Apply nitric oxide-releasing products.
Wear sunscreen and protect your skin from pollution.
Practice good stress management.
Although acne isn't triggered by dirty skin, cleanliness plays a big part in properly managing teen acne as well as these other steps:
Keeping a balanced skin microbiome takes a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Knowing what factors can trigger skin microflora imbalance and the steps you can take to keep your skin microbiome in check will help you manage acne better.
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