Natural skin virus can fight against acne bacteria

American researchers have identified an active protein in the skin virus that could be used as a new acne treatment.

According to the results of the study conducted jointly at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Pittsburgh, the harmless virus known as bacteriophages (phage) –that unlike viruses such as HIV or poliovirus feed only on bacteria and not on human cells — can target bacteria responsible for Propionibacterium acnes.