Acne is actually good for your skin. Here's why

We are not joking.

Sonaakshi Kohli Sonaakshi Kohli Nov 17, 2016
Acne-sufferers have a reason to celebrate. Photo: Shutterstock/IndiaPicture.

All our lives we've loathed acne for its unforeseen, and totally uncalled for appearance on our faces at the most crucial times. Just so you understand the severity of the situation, let's clarify that by most crucial times, we mean, the most anticipated functions, the biggest parties, and the most significant first dates.

With such damage-causing potential, it only makes sense to call it the super-villain of our lives, right? Wrong!

It seems like there's an upside to this widely-loathed skin problem. Apparently, the acne-causing bacteria protect us from a variety of skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and skin cancer.

The acne-causing bacterium found under the skin protects us from various skin diseases.Photo:Shutterstock/IndiaPicture The acne-causing bacterium found under the skin protects us from various skin diseases.Photo:Shutterstock/IndiaPicture

Propionbacterium acnes (P. acnes) found under the skin, within the hair follicles, is the real cause of the most commonly-occurring type of acne. And according to a new study published in Scientific Reports, it secretes a protein named RoxP.

True to its name, this protein kind of 'rocks' (bad joke, but we need something to nurse the heartbreak caused by acne, right?). It provides a natural defense against oxidative trauma like the one caused by sun exposure. Moreover, RoxP also dextoxifies any free radicals already present on the skin. 

Finally, that bacteria is good for something. Though before you get too happy, here's some more information: it's the good strain of P.acnes that offers your skin protection. There is a bad strain too, which festers in clogged pores, when the sebum production is high. Which means, if you want just the good you need to keep hormonal imbalances in check. 

In any case, we think now it is safe to say that our hate-hate relationship with acne is turning into a love-hate one.

On second thoughts, why does acne's protective nature show up just before a major plan? Why can't it just be done with overnight, so we can wake up with a clear skin? Damn you acne! You still are a villain, you always will be.

 

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