There’s new research in the treatment of acne vulgaris (commonly referred to as plain old acne). Researchers at UCLA found a virus called a bacteriaphage (also know as phage) that kills the P. acnes bacteria that lead to acne breakouts. P. acnes is the bacteria responsible for causing acne, it lives in the skin’s pores and thrives amongst dead skin cells and sebum oil. Phages act as an antidote to the P. acnes bacteria and actually kill the P. acne
Antibiotics, in combination with other therapies, such as blue light therapy and Isolaz acne therapy, are the most trusted way to effectively clear the skin. In the future, there might be a way to treat and cure acne with topical creams containing phage virus. But for now, we recommend what is proven to fight and treat acne now, that includes a skin care regimen prescribed to you by a Clear Clinic dermatologist, along with laser and light treatments, chemical peels and a healthy diet low in sugar.