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The Autoimmune Component To Acne

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Is there one? I have heard that cystic acne signifies an overactive immune system (autoimmune) in the way it responds to the benign bacteria in the skin which is why it swells up so much.

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No doubt. Poor p-acnes gets a bad rap. The million dollar question is; what is causing the abnormal immune response in the first place?

If acne is an autoimmune disorder then should we all be infecting ourselves with worms? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminthic_therapy

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autoimmune means it attacks our own body cells. Bacteria, good or bad, aren't our cells. So by definition there's no autoimmune element to acne. Body's response to infection-inflammation could be a factor though but not AUTOimmune.

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