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Acne products contaminated by acne bacteria

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Hello, I wanted to ask a question,

I apply acne creams every day and afraid that when I apply the product,

my hand touches my face and then the cream again to take more of the cream,

usually I'd take 3 or 4 times from the cream.

I wanted to know if I might transfer acne bacteria from my face to the cream

and than the acne bacteria will continue multiplying in the cream and eventually

applying the cream will do more harm than good, is this possible?

I'll type the ingredients of one of the products I'm concerned about

it is called "Active Gel":

Ingredients:

Water, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Porpyridium Cruentum Extract,

Coleus Forskohili Extract, Camellis Sinensis Ext, Withania Somnifera,

Melia Azadirachta Seed Extract, Guar Gum, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Benzoic Acid,

Retynil Palmitate, Citric Acid.

Also concerned about moisturizer if it can happen

Thanx in advance,

Forest.

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Hey.

Yeah I also worry about that when I apply anti-acne cream to my face so what I have learnt to do is to use each finger for a pimple. I will put some cream on my one finger and rub it in to my one pimple and then put some more cream on another clean finger and rub it in to the second pimple etc, because i have also heard not to spread the cream on your face from one pimple to another because bacteria on the one pimple can spread it on to the other. Although this is what i have heard, don't know if its true but I just do it that way to be on the safe side.

Hope this helps. :)

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When I spot treat I use Q-tips and I have one face mask in a jar where I scoop out with a plastic spoon that I wash after use. If you have used it enough times,you should know the approximate amount you need without re-dipping.If you get a little extra then you can just rub it down into your neck or something.

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thanx, but my real question here is can p. acne bacteria actually grow/multiply

in an environment such as an acne cream,

because I already did what I wrote a couple of times,

and I want to know if I should keep using these creams

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thanx, but my real question here is can p. acne bacteria actually grow/multiply

in an environment such as an acne cream,

because I already did what I wrote a couple of times,

and I want to know if I should keep using these creams

P. acnes is anaerobic and cannot survive in the presence of oxygen. That's the whole reason why benozyl peroxide works -- it oxygenates the pores, thereby killing P. acnes bacteria. I really don't see that scenario being at all realistic.

Edited by Sandman21

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I guess they won't multiply inside benzonyl peroxide but I'm still worried about other

types of cream like the one I wrote and moisturizers.

anyone who knows a bit about the p. acne bacteria?

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P.Acnes can never go in a BP acne cream. But yes, they could possibly grow in other creams etc. Your skin cells would get transferred into the cream, that would be their organic food. If you keep dipping into hands into it, they would get a steady supply of food and possibly grow. So its best to use moisturizers with a pump etc instead of dipping your hands into a jar.

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Thanx for the answer!

so only the skin cells will be their food right?

they won't feed on the crean itself and just keep multiplying all the time

until they feel the entire cream, right?

if it happened once, so is it ok in your opinion?

thanx in advance

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Yes the acne bacteria need living organic matter as their food. Most of the creams have preservatives and stuff, so the acne bacteria wouldn't be able to survive there unless you constantly dip unclean hands in there. In that case few acne bacteria *may* be able to survive since they would have the skin cells as food and if the preservative is not powerful enough to kill all of them.

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