People with acne have more diverse skin microflora

A study by Jian Shi and colleagues, which aimed to explore the microbial differences between patients with acne and healthy controls, found that people with acne have more diverse skin microflora.

Skin microbe samples were taken from 16 participants. Those patients with acne showed increased diversity of skin microbiota in their samples. The findings indicate the importance of maintaining the skin’s commensal microflora balance.

Certain conditions may alter this skin microflora such as climate, wearing masks and face washing. This is particularly important to note in the current climate, where mask wearing has become a new norm.

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