Scientists Are Developing A Vaccine For Acne

Posted: Apr 8 2017, 3:01pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 8 2017, 3:05pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Scientists are Developing a Vaccine for Acne
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Researchers are hoping to soon test the vaccine on humans

Nearly everyone suffers from acne at some point in their life, yet researchers know very little about what causes the problem and have made little progress in developing new strategies for dealing with it. But, for those who are affected by the acne, a cure for the common problem could be on its way.

Researchers at University of California, San Diego are working on a vaccine for acne. The vaccine is aiming to block the negative impact of the bacteria that cause pimples, thus preventing their breakout.

Bacteria, named P. acnes, thrive in the depths of our skin pores and aggravate our immune system, leading to the acne problem. Though bacteria are not the only reason we get acne. Stress and changes in hormone levels can also stimulate oil glands trigger acne outbreak.

“Acne is cause, 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.” Eric Huang, the lead researcher of the study, to Allure magazine. “But we found an antibody to a toxic protean that P. acnes bacteria secrete on skin – the protein is associated with the inflammation that leads to acne.”

That means that vaccine will not kill the bacteria themselves and preserve their good effects.

Researchers have tested the vaccine on skin biopsies in the lab and they have produced promising results. Now researchers are looking to conduct trials on human patients.

“The next step is testing it on patients in clinical trials,” said Huang. “The first phase of those trials, which could take one to two years, will be underway soon.”

According to National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated 80 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have pimples. Some people in their late 40s and 50s can also get acne. Although acne is usually not considered a serious threat and tends to go away by the time, it can cause emotional distress and inferiority complex. Severe acne can also leave scars which remain in the skin forever.

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