The latest front in combating acne breakouts could be in bacteria that feed on your sweat.
Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria digest ammonia, which is a major component of sweat. A new, small study has shown that applying a topical creme containing the bacteria leads to healthier skin and could be used to treat acne and promote healing in wounds.
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In the study, researchers isolated a strain of Nitrosomonas eutropha from organic soil samples. They then had a group of volunteers apply the bacteria to their skin for three weeks while another group used a placebo. The 24 volunteers were asked not to use hair products for the first two weeks and then returned to their normal hair routines for the third week. Read more…