Bacteria Colonization is a major cause of Acne

Jacqueline Schaffer M.D.When your oil glands are producing too much oil and have a closed environment for a particular anaerobic bacteria—propionibacterium—to form this creates the best environment for acne to thrive in.

Oxygen naturally kills propionibacterium, but when your pores can’t breathe, it thrives. That bacteria is what turns the microcomedones (clogged pores) caused by pore blockage into open comedones (blackheads) and closed comedones (whiteheads)—which can eventually turn into papules and pustules (the zits you can see).

The scary part is when bacteria colonization gets really aggressive and causes the hair follicle wall under the surface to break; that’s when you see the nodules that are characteristic of severe acne. When the follicle wall breaks, the bacteria can grow deep into the dermis layer, which destroys the collagen in your skin and causes the forever scarring.

That’s why one of the best treatments for girls and women with acne is an oxygen facial. That’ll kill the heck out of that anaerobic bacteria, preventing those blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples in the first place, as well as preventing your follicle walls from breaking and your skin from scarring.

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