Vaccine to treat acne around the corner

Vaccine to treat acne around the corner

Acne affects millions of teens and adults, but those suffering from it may not have to suffer much longer as researchers at the University of Southern California are currently working on a vaccine against acne and acne-associated breakouts.

The treatment will target the bacteria that causes pimples and other breakouts, without interfering with your skin and body's necessary microbes.

"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," lead researcher Dr. Eric C. Huang told Allure of the logistics surrounding the vaccine.

"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."

Having found success when testing the vaccine on skin biopsies, Dr. Huang and his team are now planning on testing on patients in clinical trials.

"I get a lot of personal emails from acne patients telling me how much they suffer and how much they spend," Dr. Huang said in 2011, during an interview with Cosmetics and Toiletries magazine.

"We can feel the importance of this vaccine."

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