There Might Soon Be A Vaccine To Prevent Acne
Future generations might never have to cover their face in lemon juice, toothpaste, and all many of effectively useless home remedies to banish acne, because scientists are making headway on a vaccine that could eliminate the skin problem once and for all.
Hoorah. Hope really does spring from the darkest petri dish in the lab.
The details behind how the vaccine works are pretty technical, with researchers at the University of California San Diego having identified a strand of bacteria that contributes to the condition.
As an aside, it's worth noting that a whole realm of different factors are to blame for flare-ups, which is why doctors are generally clueless about how to resolve the issue. No offense.
Still, lead researcher Eric C. Huang has waded in with a shard of optimism to Allure:
"Acne is caused, in part, by P. acnes bacteria that are with you your whole life — and we couldn’t create a vaccine for the bacteria because, in some ways, P. acnes are good for you. 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."
If you're already thinking about rushing off to your GP to demand the vaccine, the study is still in its early stages, with the product itself unlikely to hit shelves for at least the next two years.
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