Acne medication and bacteria
Acne medications effectively inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes acne.
Acne occurs in the pilosebaceous unit that consists of a hair shaft, a sebaceous gland and a hair follicle. These units are present in higher numbers on our face, neck and chest areas. These sebaceous glands help keep our hair and skin moisturized by producing a substance called sebum.
Propionibacterium acne (P. acne) bacteria are normally found living on the surface of our skin. It uses the sebum produced by the sebaceous gland as a nutrient for its survival . People with acne problems have greater amounts of P. acne in their follicles. White blood cells are attracted to the presence of P. acne and they release an enzyme that damage the follicle walls. This process causes inflammation which is aggravated by the presence of fatty acids produced by P. acne.
Among the common acne medications are Tetracycline which helps in reducing the inflammatory lesions. Clindamycin is an antibiotic that helps to destroy P. acne and alleviate inflammations. Benzoyl peroxide helps destroy P. acne but does not have anti-inflammatory properties.
Always follow laboratory safety guidelines and always practice sterile technique when handling microbes. Never have any food or drink at your workstation and always thoroughly wash your hands with disinfectant soap or alcohol before leaving your workstation. Always dispose of used material in a biohazard bag. If none are available, the bacteria should be destroyed with bleach before being disposed of.