In news that will likely brighten the day of 99.99%* of the population, scientists in California are working on a vaccine for acne.
*(I can only assume there’s some blemish-free bitch out there making a sweet dollar from acne-related products.)
As per a report in Allure, scientists at the University of California in San Diego are working hard on an antibody to the toxin that causes breakouts.
“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,” said lead researcher Eric C. Huang. “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.”
The vaccine has worked so far on skin biopsies. The next step, says Huang, is testing it on human patients in one-to-two year clinical trials – the first of which will be underway soon.
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