Acne Bacteria and Environment

Its hard to belief, acne bacteria do not cause acne. Acne researcher exposes the true connection between acne bacteria and acne formation. Discover why acne is not a problem with your skin.

Propionibacterium acnes, or p acne bacteria, the bacteria we all have on our skin. Like all life forms it fights to survive and sustain their lives. Conventional medicine taught us to believe these microscopic creatures are the cause of acne.

Everyone has acne bacteria on their skin, regardless if the individual suffers from acne or not. Streptococcus bacteria, for example, exist in everyone's throat, but it doesn’t always cause a strep throat or tonsillitis. The reason is that similar to the acne bacteria these bacteria will not trigger the formation of a strep throat (or acne in the case of the acne bacteria) unless the specific condition or the right “environment” is created.

As long as the acne bacteria stays in balance with your internal system, acne bacteria will “mind their own business” and will defend the body from colonization of harmful bacteria. Acne bacteria feed themselves from the secretions of our sweat and sebaceous glands, and in a balanced biological state, sustains the flexibility of our skin.

Acne is an environment that forms only when the production of sebum on the skin is excessive. This excessive production of oil is triggered mainly by hormonal imbalance.

When blood toxins (usually blood toxins that are expelled through your skin) are mixed with this over production of oil, the p.acne invades the hair follicles and starts to multiply. The P. acne multiplies by feeding themselves of the oil using enzymes. As part of this feeding process, acne bacteria produces free fatty acids that irritate the skin. The body calls the white and red blood cells to defend itself. The red and white blood cells often cause an inflammatory response, that results in the familiar symptoms of acne: swelling, pus, whiteheads, nodules and pustules.

Killing the acne bacteria using antibiotics is a destructive approach. By taking antibiotics, it upsets the natural balance of the P.acne in our body, eradicates the good probiotic bacteria and enables the intrusion of harmful bacteria to skin. Killing the acne bacteria using antibiotics also a fruitless approach because constant intake of antibiotics will eventually cause the p.acne to become resistant to antibiotics. Moreover, it doesn't stop the environment that caused the P.acne to multiply.

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The only way to stop acne permanently is to neutralize the acne environment (when the bacteria multiplies and feeds on blood toxins and excessive production of oil). To stop acne, you must balance oil secretion and discharge your body from accumulated toxins and control the nutritional, hormonal, psychological and environmental triggers.

The secret for permanent clear skin is therefore, neutralizing all the factors that form the acne environment while keeping the acne bacteria at an optimal balance.

Mike Walden is a certified nutritionist, independent medical researcher, natural health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, "Acne No More- Open The Door To An Acne Free Life." For information on Mike's Holistic Clear Skin program, visit: Acne No More

Type of Acne

Acne can be classify into four grade. Dermatologist classified acne based on a few criteria such as :

  • amount of inflammation, if any
  • areas of the body affected by acne
  • types of inflamed comedones present
  • types of non-inflamed comedones present
  • amount of breakout activity

Grade I 

The mildest form of acne. This type of acne appear only very occasionally and in small numbers. Basically, seen in early adolescence especially at the nose and/or forehead. Blackheads and milia will be found, sometimes in great numbers, but there is no inflammation for acne Grade I.

This type of acne can be successfully treated at home using product containing salicylic acid. Grade I acne may progress to Grade II if left untreated.

Grade II

Grade II acne is considered moderate acne. There will be blackheads and milia, generally in greater numbers. You will start seeing more pa pules and the formation of pustules in this stage. They will appear with greater frequency, and general breakout activity will be more obvious. Slight inflammation of the skin is now apparent.

For teenagers, you will see the acne progress from nose and forehead to other part of the face. The acne also may start to affect the chest and shoulders. Adult women may find greater breakout activity in the cheeks, chin, and jaw line area, especially just before and during the menstrual cycle.

Grade II acne can still be treated at home. In addition to a salicylic acid, a benzoyl peroxide lotion should be used daily to help kill the bacteria that cause inflammations. Grade II acne may progress to Grade III, especially if pimples are habitually picked at or squeezed.

Grade III

Grade III  acne is considered severe. The main difference between Grade II and Grade III acne  is the amount of inflammation present. The skin is now obviously reddened and inflamed. Papules and pustules have developed in greater numbers, and nodules will be present.

Grade III normally involves other body areas, such as the neck, chest, shoulders, and/or upper back, as well as the face. 

A dermatologist should treat acne at this stage. Grade III acne is usually treated with both topical and systemic therapies available only by prescription. Left untreated, Grade III acne may progress to Grade IV.

Grade IV

Grade IV is the serious stage of acne. It is often referred to as nodulocystic or cystic acne. The skin will display numerous papules, pustules, and nodules, in addition to cysts. There is a pronounced amount of inflammation and breakouts are severe. Cystic acne is very painful.

Acne of this severity usually extends beyond the face, and may affect the entire back, chest, shoulders, and upper arms. The infection is deep and widespread. 

Grade IV acne must be treated by a dermatologist. It tends to be hard to control, and almost always requires powerful systemic medications in addition to topical treatments.