Bacteria on the skin
Biotech Tries Manipulating the Skin Microbiome
Researchers are revealing the complexity of the microbial community living on the body—and paving the way for new bacteria-targeting treatments for acne and other dermatological conditions.
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Biotech Tries Manipulating the Skin Microbiome
Biotech Tries Manipulating the Skin Microbiome

Researchers are revealing the complexity of the microbial community living on the body—and paving the way for new bacteria-targeting treatments for acne and other dermatological conditions.

Researchers are revealing the complexity of the microbial community living on the body—and paving the way for new bacteria-targeting treatments for acne and other dermatological conditions.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, DR_MICROBE

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A close up shot of a thumb pointing to a pimple on a patch of bare skin
Skin Cells Can Transform To Help Fight Acne
Dan Robitzski | Mar 2, 2022
A new study reveals that the fibroblasts in tissue surrounding acne infections play an active role in the body’s immune response—and that existing treatments help trigger them to do so.
Q&A: Myth Debunkers Take Aim at Microbiology Lore
Ashley Yeager | Jun 25, 2019
University of Michigan’s Ada Hagan separates fact from fiction, such as whether you should starve a fever or if eating chocolate really causes acne.
Acne-Fighting Bacteria
Kate Yandell | Mar 2, 2013
Some Propionibacterium acnes strains may help prevent pimples.
Acne Treatments Lack Science
Jef Akst | Sep 7, 2011
Common acne treatments aren’t backed by sufficient comparative studies on their safety and efficacy.