Scream it out loud, people! Having smooth and flawless skin won’t be just a dream anymore.
The British Skin Foundation reported that 80% of us are affected by acne problems at some point between the ages of 11 and 30. As teenagers, we try to cover it up with fringe, not knowing that it will only make it worse. Don’t even mention about adult acne. It often appears on the day of your job interview or when you need to look perfect on a romantic date. And no matter how much concealer you try to put on your face, you will still feel that people are staring at your pimples as you are talking!
There are mainly two common causes of acne: hormonal and bacterial. While there are many hormonal treatments available on the market today, this new cure for acne targets at one specific bacterial acne called the P. acne. Propionibacterium acnes, also known as the P. acne, is a bacteria that grows under the skin. An overgrowth of this bacteria is commonly found in people suffering from acne problems.
Due to the fact that low oxygen environments favours the growth of P. acnes, deep within a clogged pores or follicles becomes the most ideal breeding ground for this bacteria. (see image below) Interestingly, the Science of Acne suggested that P.acnes bacteria alone is unable to cause significant damage to the skin. Instead, damage to the skin is largely influenced by your body’s natural immune respond to the bacteria. The affected pore will become swollen and filled with pus and eventually burst. Without proper treatment, bacteria can spread to surrounding pores. That is how you may find a cluster of pimples around the same area on your face. Find out how to treat your acne from Nursing in Practice.
A group of scientist from the University of California San Diego is working on the Acne Vaccine Project to “educate the immune system of acne patients in order to allow their body to natural control the growth of P.acnes”. The lead researcher, Dr. Eric (Chun-Ming) Huang, told 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.”
Since successful results of the vaccine has been found in mice and skin biopsies from acne patients, the next step will be testing on patients in clinical trials. Hang in there, it will probably take up to about two years, but at least, keep our hopes up high!