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Link found between acne bacteria and back pain

May 15, 2013 by Works with Water
Acne and Back Pain


If you, or someone you know, suffers from chronic back pain (CBP) and they also have acne, then the two conditions may well be linked.


An estimated 4 million people in the UK suffer from CBP (not to be confused with a slipped disc which starts to heal by 6-8 weeks) and scientists in Denmark have discovered a link between the bacteria responsible for acne, Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and bad backs.

Apparently bacteria like P.acnes get into our bloodstream all the time, particularly when brushing our teeth…or squeezing spots.  P.acnes and other similar bacteria don’t like oxygen-rich environments, so thankfully don’t normally grow inside us.  However, the spinal cord doesn’t have a lot of oxygen around so provides the perfect home for bacteria if a disc is damaged.

Antibiotics have been found to be effective in getting rid of the bacteria and treating the lower back pain.  However, bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics faster than we can create new and effective ones, with fewer and fewer antbiotics reaching the market every year.

In addition, statistics have shown that more than half of patients prescribed antibiotics for their acne have antibiotic-resistant acne bacteria…so antibiotics are losing the ‘acne bacteria war’.

So what’s the solution?

It would appear from this important link between acne bacteria and debilitating back pain that our over-dependence on antibiotics to effectively clear acne is endangering our supply of effective antibiotics.  In our quest to clear spots – which for sufferers of acne is as ‘debilitating’ a condition as back pain – we need to look to alternative non-prescription treatments, allowing antibiotics to remain effective for conditions such as chronic back pain.  Products such as help: clear skin and help: clear skin MEN are formulated specifically to address Propionibacterium acnes.

These findings are quite complex but very interesting to anyone suffering from acne and CBP so please view the full article here, courtesy of thebrainbank, to learn more…

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