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Skin Bacteria Can Fight Skin Cancer

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14 Mar 2018 07:46 AM EST

For years in the skin-care world, dirty skin equaled bad skin — even to the point of overcleansing. But recent science has turned the squeaky-clean axiom on its head as new research about the power of your skin's microbiome makes a case for getting dirty. Now, a new study shows that skin bacteria might even help protect against skin cancer. In a study published in Science Advances in February, researchers identified a strain of bacteria commonly found on healthy human skin that might play a role in inhibiting the growth of some cancers.

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