Propionibacterium Acnes: Present Status and Role in Acne Vulgaris

  • S M. Puhvel


Propionibacterium acnes is the predominant anaerobic bacterium on normal human skin. As such, it has generally been regarded as a relatively harmless saprophyte of minimal clinical significance. The only pathologic process with which P. acnes has commonly been associated is acne vulgaris, the disease from which the organism derives its name.


Sebaceous Follicle Propionibacterium Acne Acne Lesion Skin Surface Lipid Inflammatory Acne 
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