What Bacteria Causes Acne?

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The bacteria that can cause acne is propionibacterium acnes, which can be killed by a variety of acidic skin treatments prescribed by a dermatologist. Get information on bacteria on the skin with advice from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video on skin care.

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Hello, my name is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, board certified dermatologist, and author of "Six Weeks to Sensational Skin." This is about what bacteria causes acne and it's actually very fascinating to me, as a board-certified dermatologist that when we look at people who have acne and we actually culture them, we find that often times they have the same amount of bacteria called 'p-acnes' as people who don't have acne. So acne is not necessarily a totally bacterial disease. Acne really has a lot more to do with your pores getting clogged and then your skin acting with the debris in your pores. But if you do have acne, and you have a lot of pustules, meaning that you see little white pockets of pus, then ask your doctor to run a culture on your skin. Because you may be growing out another form of bacteria on your skin and you may be have what's truly classified as a folliculitis. You may be need to be put on a different class of antibiotics to clear your skin. Good luck, this is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo.

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