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Old 06 June 2013, 01:07 PM
Nick Theodorakis Nick Theodorakis is offline
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Originally Posted by Sandgroper View Post
I'm confused; I thought it was mainly a hormonal thing?
How can you vaccination against something that has so many contributing factors?
Arenít diet, exercise, hormone levels, sebum levels in the skin etc Ö all factors?
How can you vaccination against puberty?
Sebum levels and other changes in the skin are associated with hormone production, but the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes (which is resident on everyone's skin) triggers the inflammatory response that we see as acne. That is why drugs that treat acne are either antibiotics or anti-inflammatory. The wiki has a pretty good summary.

Since only certain strains of P. acnes seem to be involved, I wonder if a "pro-biotic" approach might work, in terms of seeding skin with "friendly" or non-pathogenic strains.

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