Scientists reveal an amazing new vaccine that might be able to cure acne.
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. NHS estimates that a percentage of approximately 80% of people with ages from 11 to 30 are currently being affected by this skin disorder.
Causes, Symptoms & Risk Factors for Acne
Acne occurs when the skin pores become blocked with dead skin, oil and bacteria. The main causes of this skin disorder include the following: excessive oil, dead skin cells accumulation in the pores and bacteria build-up. The risk factors for developing acne are the hormonal changes caused by pregnancy or puberty, some medications such as corticosteroids and birth control pills, genetic factors and an unhealthy diet based on carbohydrates and refined sugars.
The symptoms are very unpleasant and they can manifest all over the body: pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, inflammation, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.
A Miraculous Vaccine?
The British Skin Foundation have reported that a worrying percentage of almost 20% of patients with acne have even considered suicide, due to the skin condition and its psychological implications.
Fortunately, a new research has found a potentially successful treatment in the form of an anti-acne vaccine. Eric C. Huange, the lead researcher, explained that acne is partly caused by P. acnes bacteria, and that a vaccine for these specific bacteria could not be created because, in certain ways, P. acnes are good for our health. But he does continue his statement, saying that “we found an antibody to a toxic protein that P. acnes bacteria secrete in skin – the protein is associated with the inflammation that leads to acne.”
Dr. Huange’s team from the University of Carolina San Diego has developed a vaccine designed to block the acne-causing effects of the bacteria, but at the same time without annulling its benefits. The researchers have tested the vaccine only on skin biopsies from patients with acne and the results have fortunately been successful.
The plan is to conduct more clinical trials and to make the vaccine available for public use in the nearest future.
Meanwhile, scientists recommend sticking to healthy diets with natural and raw ingredients and avoiding sugar.