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  1. #1 Can p. acne bacteria multiply inside facial creams? 
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    I apply acne creams every day and afraid that when I apply the product,
    my hand touches my face and then the cream again to take more of the cream,
    usually I'd take 3 or 4 times from the cream.

    I wanted to know if I might transfer acne bacteria from my face to the cream
    and than the acne bacteria will continue multiplying in the cream and eventually
    applying the cream will do more harm than good, is this possible?

    I'll type the ingredients of one of the products I'm concerned about
    it is called "Active Gel":

    Ingredients:
    Water, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Porpyridium Cruentum Extract,
    Coleus Forskohili Extract, Camellis Sinensis Ext, Withania Somnifera,
    Melia Azadirachta Seed Extract, Guar Gum, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Benzoic Acid, Retynil Palmitate, Citric Acid.

    Also concerned about moisturizer if it can happen

    Thanx in advance


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    I wouldn't worry about it, these bacteria are part of your natural skin flora and usually thrive on fatty acids from your sweat. The ointment isn't likely going to be very accommodating to them

    On another note, I'm guessing this is an over the counter unprescribed acne medication. The benzoic acid might be a somewhat effective anti-septic, but most of the ingredients seem to be herbal extracts, some of those probably for aroma. If you're finding it ineffective consider going to a dermatologist to get an antibiotic acne cream.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fiftyeight View Post
    I apply acne creams every day and afraid that when I apply the product,
    my hand touches my face and then the cream again to take more of the cream,
    usually I'd take 3 or 4 times from the cream.

    I wanted to know if I might transfer acne bacteria from my face to the cream
    and than the acne bacteria will continue multiplying in the cream and eventually
    applying the cream will do more harm than good, is this possible?

    I found this article through Google. I hope you find it helpful:

    Do Acne Scar Creams Really Work?

    If you are reading this article, then I am sure that you have got several terrible acne blemishes on your face, and also that you would like to get rid of those scars as fast as possible. Now, I certainly hope you did not come here hoping for a one-day miracle cure, because, as far as I know, none exists! I also believe that you are looking for an acne scar cream, preferably something that is 100% natural. Well in this article I will tell you whether acne scar creams really work or not!

    Granted, there are tons of acne scar removal treatments available, but many people believe that if you want to get rid of scars completely and permanently, then laser surgery is your only way out. Unfortunately, not everyone can go for it; I mean, you cannot opt for a laser surgery unless your doctor offers you proper clearance. Apart from that, it is extremely expensive and not suitable for everyone's pocket. As if that was not enough, you also need to worry about its after-affects; a lot of people continue to suffer from surgery-related side-effects long after they have taken their leave from the surgery table. Mostly importantly, you would need to take a long absence leave from your office, as you would want to offer your body enough time to recover from the surgery.

    The other extreme is that you use natural fruits and vegetables for your acne scar removal treatment. You can say, use lemon juice, oatmeal powder, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel, etc., to get rid of acne scars. Unfortunately, it is easier said than done! These natural treatments take a long time to offer you the desired results: that is, only if you are consistent with the treatment! The other thing you need to worry about is time: you either need to have enough time to make the medicines yourself at home, or enough money to buy the respective supplements from outside. Then again, not all supplements are equally effective!

    In between these two extremes fall the acne blemish creams. Acne scar creams offer you quicker results than say, the 'lemon juice' treatment. Now I donít know about you, but I am both lazy and short on time, so these creams fit my bill perfectly. They are also quite affordable, and rarely come with any side-effects, because they are mostly made from natural substances! If you are like me and want something to help you get rid of your acne blemishes in the comfort and privacy of your home, there is no better alternative to acne blemish removal creams!

    Of course, just like anything else, not all acne scar creams are created equal, which is why you must research all the acne cream products meticulously before choosing the best one for yourself. There are lots of brands: all promising you the moon, all claiming to offer you instant results, but not all of these creams are effective. If you donít do your research, you would be wasting months upon months in hopeless trial and error and eventually become disappointed! So, whenever you want a good acne scar removal cream for yourself, do your research diligently, then find that one that has worked for a lot of people; chances are that, if you have similar scars, then that product might work for you too! Good luck!

    Article Source: Do Acne Scar Creams Really Work?
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    my hand touches my face and then the cream again to take more of the cream, usually I'd take 3 or 4 times from the cream.
    If you're really concerned, then you should use another surface to squeeze the cream onto. Presumably your hands would be pretty clean if you've used them to wash your face first. Squeeze it onto the back of one hand then use the other to pick up the cream and apply it.

    And you have to wash your hands afterwards I presume, so the cream wouldn't stay on your hand long enough to affect the skin there.
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    The benzoic acid will be there as a preservative, and will kill bacteria.

    However, I have no confidence in this kind of product, which is not normally properly tested scientifically (meaning using double blind, randomised, placebo controlled clinical trials). Like tired and sleepy, I recommend proper medical assistance if your problem is sufficient to warrant it.
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    Hmm, your such a skeptic, skeptic.

    But i agree with you . I doubt it'll have a big effect. Though i see nothing in there that could be harmfull, it'll be pH to the skin, and the bacterial extracts, well.. i wonder what good they would do, but they might contain something usefull.... They MIGHT. But if it helps a little, and it boosts your confidence about yourself, then i'd say, it's a good product.
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    The short answer is "yes". While creams and lotions may have some antispetic qualities when new they tend to deteriorate over time. The longer the product has been open and exposed to air the greater the possiblity that it may be both contaminated and also able to support bacterial growth.. We are talking months and years not minutes.
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