It’s about time, given that 80% of people aged 11 to 30 suffer from the skin condition
Despite being one of the most common skin conditions, scientists have not been unable to pinpoint the exact cause of acne up until now
Not just a skin condition:
However, good news to those who suffer from acne. The skin condition could soon become a thing of the past. Scientists are finally developing a vaccine.
According to the NHS, almost 80% of people aged between 11 and 30 are affected by acne, and the British Skin Foundation has reported that almost 20% of those affected by the skin condition, have considered suicide because of it.
Acne, is much more than just spots. Just ask anyone who suffers from it.
Lucky for those who suffer though, the University of California San Diego’s scientists have been hard at work trying to come up with a solution once and for all. But the process has faced several complications.
How does it work?
In an interview with Allure, the project’s lead researcher, Eric C. Huange said “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.”
This means that the vaccine will work by blocking the acne-causing effects of the bacteria but without completely eradicating it.
The vaccine formula is still in its beginning, it has been tested on skin biopsies that the researchers collected from acne patients and it yielded good results.
The next step should be to test on people in clinical trials. Scientists hope that they will get under way in the next couple of years.