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How does bacteria get to your face?

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Bacteria is everywhere; on every bit of your skin. Bacteria is inside your body. About the only place that will grow NOTHING in a 3 day culture is urine obtained via sterile technique. Bacteria is everywhere, on everything. Most of it isn't pathogenic. Some of it is. Staph aureus is a normal skin flora. E.coli is a normal bowel movement flora; the problem arises when the bacteria ends up where it's not supposed to be, or becomes pathogenic through other processes (excessive immune function or even immune suppression).

Bacteria generally coexists with you just fine without being pathogenic; in the intestine it helps you by helping breakdown food, kill other pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria or at least keeping them in check, sometimes even manufacturing needed substances to help your digestion. Bacteria becomes pathogenic if your immune system is particularly prone to being nasty to the acne bacteria (acne prone persons have an excessive immune system response to the acne bacteria and inflammation develops as the body's way of trying to fight off infection but it's done so excessively, to the detriment of the healing process.)

Don't try to disinfect your self; the bacteria is mostly harmless and actually performs vital functions in some cases. The problem is when other bacteria that aren't supposed to be somewhere end up there, or if a yeast gains hold, or a virus does (a wart is from a virus!)

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do some people get more of the pathogenic bacteria (or the acne causing) than others? And does that mean I don't have a good immune system?

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The p. acne bacteria exists on ever single person's face, just like the streptococcus bacteria exists in every single persons throat. But everyone doesn't walk around with strep throat or tonsillitis, the conditions have to be just right.

For people with acne, the excess oil produced by our sebaceous glands cause the bacteria to feed and multiply. To much oil is caused by to many hormones and toxins in our body from the generally crappy foods we eat.

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acne is caused by three things:

1. clogged pores - this can occur from oversheding dead skin cells which is why acne is genetic to a lot of people. you can also clog your pores with poor hygeine, etc.

2. oil - bacteria loves oil. thats why acne is prevelant during puberty thats when your producing the most oil on your face. when a pore is clogged and theres oil, the acne bacteria feeds on this and this causes a pimple/infection

3. bacteria- pretty much what i said earlier. dont quote me on this but im pretty sure that EVERYONE has the same acne bacteria on their face, its the clogged pores and oil which sets up the conditions for a pimple

so if you treat one of those causes a pimple cannot appear. you cant stop your skin from oversheding and you cant strip all the oil off of your face no matter how hard you try. and im sure BP kills bacteria, but there will always be some bacteria left. the answer is treating all three of these causes. so you can exfoliate with baking soda to prevent clogged pores, and watch your diet and take supplements to reduce the amount of oil that your body produces.

That answers my question. (From another topic)

The p. acne bacteria exists on ever single person's face, just like the streptococcus bacteria exists in every single persons throat. But everyone doesn't walk around with strep throat or tonsillitis, the conditions have to be just right.

For people with acne, the excess oil produced by our sebaceous glands cause the bacteria to feed and multiply. To much oil is caused by to many hormones and toxins in our body from the generally crappy foods we eat.

Thanks, that too!

Another question, would blotting constantly eliminate this problem? I mean if you have no surface oil (or less) no problem right?

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blotting won't do anything because there's still going to be oil that get's trapped in your pores and you can't very well walk around all day dabbing at your face.

The person you quoted had part of the answer right. If you stop the excess oil from being made on your face, the bacteria will stop multiplying and causing breakouts. The problem with things you put on your face is that they only treat acne symptoms. Someone put it to me like this: imagine there's a dirty, dank pond behind your house and tons and tons of mosquitoes are swarming across your back yard. You could buy chemicals and kill the mosquitoes, but they'll just keep coming back over and over again and you have to keep buying chemicals to get rid of them. Or you could just drain the pond and get rid of the mosquitoes for good. With no standing, dirty water to breed in, they won't be able to survive and die on their own.

You body is the pond essentially and the mosquitoes are acne. You'll only treating the symptoms when you put stuff on your face; acne will just keep coming back. Acne is caused by to many hormones and toxins in our body; that is why people who have acne have to much oil on their skin. The excess hormones and toxins cause our sebaceous glands to make to much oil and also cause or skin cells to die faster, which causes the bacteria to feed and multiply and clogs our pores. It's almost a good thing that you have acne because it's your body's way of telling you "I need some help!" Other people who don't have acne but eat the same crappy food have different genes and this is why they don't get breakouts. Their body has other ways of telling them things are wrong ie headaches, constipation, getting sick all the time, etc

There's no one thing you can do to clear acne, you have to live a generally healthier lifestyle: eat better food, exercise, get enough sleep and have a positive out look.

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