If you suffer from acne, there might soon be a vaccination to help...
Everyone suffers from breakouts and bad skin days, but severe acne affects thousands of people in the UK. This not only affects peoples skin – but their self-esteem too.
There are some prescribed drugs (roaccutaine for example) that can help, but these often come with a lot of side effects. This means they’re not suitable for everyone to use. And so for many, the only way to treat acne is to cover it up…
Enter = the acne vaccine.
Okay so it’s not a thing right now, but scientists in a lab at the University of California are working towards it.
Of course, developing a vaccine for acne is tricky.
“Acne is caused by P. acnes bacteria that are with you your whole life. We couldn’t create a vaccine for the bacteria because P. acnes are good for you” says Eric C. Huang, the project’s lead researcher.
“But we found an antibody to a toxic protein that P. acnes bacteria secrete on skin — the protein is associated with the inflammation that leads to acne.”
In short what this means is the vaccine could block the negative, acne-causing effects without killing the good bacteria.
It’s been tested on skin biopsies collected from acne patients – and so far, it works! “The next step is testing it on patients in clinical trials,” says Huang.
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If the acne vaccine was to become a reality it could definitely help a lot of people. Fingers crossed and YAY FOR SCIENCE.