A Prebiotic Approach To Acne

It's not uncommon for a dermatologist to prescribe antibiotics to treat acne, but new British research makes a compelling argument for using prebiotics instead.

Prebiotics are essentially food for good bacteria (probiotics). Researchers analyzed the prebiotic konjac glucomannan hydrolysates (GMH) to determine how it may affect "bad" bacteria, namely Propionibacterium acnes, which is believed to contribute to acne.

By supporting probiotics, topical application of a GMH solution led to the inhibition of Propionibacterium acnes activity. Ultimately, it helps promote a healthier bacteria equilibrium, tipping the balance in favor of probiotics-not the bad bacteria that typically inundates acne-prone skin.

The researchers, who published their findings in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, are hoping that because GMH isn't a technically a drug that can be implemented in both over-the-counter and prescription acne treatments in the near future.