Virus Targets Acne

Published 09/27 2012 10:36AM

Updated 09/27 2012 10:46AM

She's the mother of four kids... But it's Andrea Anderson
who has acne and has since middle school fighting it several ways.

"Several different prescriptions over the course of about 20 years."
"They're not without side effects you know the topical retinoid that goes on at night can be very drying." 
Scientists have found harmless viruses that live on the surface of our skin, called phages, that can attack and kill the bacteria that help cause acne. 
And those phages are genetically similar, making it easier to pinpoint how they kill acne bacteria and thereby develop a treatment.

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