Cutibacterium acnes is the new name for acne-causing acne, Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes for short.
So, if you have acne, then C. acnes, not P. acnes, which you should know about now!
Why has the name changed for acne-causing bacteria?
Microbiologists periodically rename microbial microbes because they develop more accurate tools to better understand the differences and similarities between species.
C. acnes (formerly P. acnes) is known to play a role in the common form of acne, called acne vulgaris. People with oily skin in the pores have more C. acne, especially in the head, upper back and chest.
The number of acne bacteria C. can increase in your pores if your skin is really oily. This can lead to acne and blackheads.
The most effective anti-acne remedies that you can apply to your skin to reduce C. acnes (formerly P. acnes) are products with benzoyl peroxide.
We know that topical prescription drugs for treating acne with antibiotics are not as effective as benzoyl peroxide, because this microbe mutates and develops resistance to traditional antibiotics. It also develops resistance to prescription antibiotics such as erythromycin, clindamycin, tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline. Studies have shown that benzoyl peroxide copes better with the task of reducing C. acnes (P. acnes). This is good news because benzoyl peroxide without a prescription.
You do not need to go to the doctor to get the best acne treatment products.
You can use OTC benzoyl peroxide in the form of detergents or lotions. If you treat your acne on a large surface area, for example, on the chest and back (as many people like to call Bakne), I like the use of medicinal cleansers because they are easy to apply.
This includes a benzoyl peroxide foaming cleanser that leaves medicinal benzoyl peroxide on your skin after washing for C. acnes treatment (P. acnes).
Be aware that this residue will bleach the fabric, so be sure to wear a white shirt after cleansing the skin with benzoyl peroxide.
Often, another germ of the skin called Pityrosporum is also present in the back and chest acne, so I advised my patients with back and chest acne to alternate their benzoyl peroxide detergent with a detergent containing zinc pyrithione.
It is an active ingredient in foaming, cleansing zinc.
I have people who use these detergents with a Salux wipe to help exfoliate and smooth this acne-prone skin. These 3 products make up my popular acne treatment kit.
What is the best benzoyl peroxide treatment for facial acne?
Facial acne C. (formerly P. acnes) can be treated with a benzoyl peroxide lotion. 2.5% is as effective as stronger levels, such as 5% and 10%. The maximum permissible level of benzoyl peroxide is 10%.
- I use 10% in foaming benzoyl peroxide, knowing that some benzoyl peroxide will be washed off.
- For the remaining 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream, this is a sweet spot between effective acne treatment and low risk of benzoyl peroxide drying on the skin.
How to make benzoyl peroxide work even better when treating facial acne?
Combine benzoyl peroxide with pore cleaning ingredients with salicylic acid and glycolic acid using my Ultimate Acne Treatment Kit. These two other ingredients help to clear blocked pores and heal acne, thereby helping benzoyl peroxide penetrate deep into the pores where C. acnes lives.
We know that C. acne lives deep in the pores of living on fatty acids in sebum and cell debris for nutrition and energy. C. acnes is best at clogging the pores, so in my acne treatment kit, I have the means to cure pore clogging.
The best acne skin care product combines ingredients that cleanse pores, penetrate deep into the pores and treat C. acnes (formerly P. acnes). My Ultimate Acne Treatment Kit does it.
So, P. acnes has a new name – C. acnes, it plays a role in the occurrence of acne in fatty areas of the face, back and chest. Treat it with my back and body acne kit and my Ultimate Acne Kit – a doctor-level acne treatment based on what scientists and dermatologists know about acne treatment.
To fight your acne and get the best skin possible, find out more about my Ultimate Acne Skin Care Kit here.
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