Propionibacterium acnes, better known as P. acnes, are bacteria known to cause pimples. If you have acne, you may be itching to kill those acne-causing culprits. However, look before you leap! Believe it or not, P. acnes bacteria are a natural part of your skin anatomy.
According to Corixa Corporation, Seattle, “Chronic inflammatory acne cannot be defined as an infectious disease, since the bacteria are normally present on the skin of a vast majority of individuals.” Why? Because, whether a person has acne or not, P. acnes is there.
Because of this, researchers suggest P. acnes bacteria play a relatively minor part in acne formation.
P. acnes do not decide to cause pimples. The environmental conditions of the bacteria’s habitat—in other words, the condition of the skin—determine whether a person is prone to acne (Grove).
If a follicle is plugged by oil or skin cells, the bacteria can get trapped beneath the skin’s surface and be forced to grow there (news-medical.net).
Suppose you consider a treatment that can destroy P. acnes bacteria. When considering such a treatment, you may do well to ask yourself: should I destroy a part of my skin anatomy?