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Acne is a common skin condition that affects millions of Americans. Typically caused by bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes for short), acne causes great distress to those affected and its treatment requires great patience. Researchers are constantly finding and testing new treatment methods; one such method is the virus bacteriophage (phage for short). Can this be another treatment option for acne patients?
Researchers studied the effects of 11 different types of phages on P. acnes. The majority of those phages were successful in killing P. acnes bacteria. Since P. acnes phages can only kill P. acnes bacteria, they may eventually be a useful ingredient in a topical acne therapy. These phages also contain enzymes that break down the cell walls of acne-causing bacteria, another option which may be applied to acne treatments. At this time, the phages are being further researched to determine whether they are indeed a viable acne treatment option.
Acne is highly distressing, not to mention the disfigurement it often causes. If you or your child are suffering from acne, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating acne, offering a full range of the latest available treatment methods. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.