Scientists Are Developing a Vaccine to Cure Acne

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Acne is always a huge topic of discussion when it comes to skin care. Many, many people deal with it at some point during their lifetime and likely every single one of them will say that it is not fun. It can make people feel insecure and depressed, it can be uncomfortable and painful, and the medicines used to help it can have awful side effects. But scientists are reportedly getting closer to creating a vaccine that will treat and prevent acne from within. 
  • According to "Daily Mail," a recent study discovered a way to block bacteria that are harmful to our skin. 

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    "Scientists have, for the first time, successfully targeted a type of bacteria which lives in the skin and stopped it producing toxins which cause inflammation," reports Daily Mail

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  • The treatment being tested uses the body's own immune system to combat the bacteria.

    According to experts, finding a way to battle acne from within the body could rid people of the harsh acne treatments and medicines that are currently used. 

    A study by the University of California in San Diego did lab tests on mice and human skin. The scientists reportedly confirmed that sending antibodies from the immune system to an acne-causing bacteria could reduce inflammation. 

    "The bacteria, known as Propionibacterium acnes, live harmlessly on the skin of most people but in those with acne it can cause red bumps to flare up," according to Daily Mail

  • When the antibodies are sent to the bacteria by the vaccine, it blocks it from releasing the toxins that cause the skin to swell. 

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    During the experiment, blocking the acne bacteria did successfully reduce swelling in the real human skin samples with acne. 

    "The potential impact of our findings is huge for the hundreds of millions of individuals suffering from acne," said lead investigator Chun-Ming Huang, according to Daily Mail

  • Huang shared that current acne treatments are either "not effective or tolerable" for millions of people. 


    "Current treatment options are often not effective or tolerable for many of the 85 percent of adolescents and more than 40 million adults in the United States who suffer from this condition," said Huang.

  • The California researchers are reportedly confident their new vaccine will work. 

    They are going to do further studies to develop the vaccine and then test it out in large clinical trials. Their full research has been published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology

    This sounds pretty good to us! Hopefully this is the answer to all of our acne needs! 

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