Cutibacterium acnes: the main component of the facial microbiome
Cutibacterium acnes is the main bacterial component of the skin microbiome on sebaceous and dry body sites (Byrd et al. 2018). Despite its dominant role on the skin, many skin treatments aim at eradicating this bacterial species. Bernhard will present a selection of examples of the literature showing why this bacteria is important to us, how it has a symbiotic relationship with its human host and highlight its role in skin ageing.
Bernhard completed his PhD in synthetic biology, working together in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry to engineer bacteria as a living pill. He is a scientific co-founder of S-Biomedic, and is leading the research and product development. His passion is understanding the complex interplay of the bacterial communities that live within and on us. He is fascinated by the untouched potential of active compounds that are naturally produced everyday right on our own skin.