A Vaccine for acne is on its way! Well, it’s about time.
This magic elixir might actually become a reality in the near future thanks to a team of scientists at the University of California San Diego who are working to develop an acne vaccine. Lead researcher Eric C. 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.”
That means the vaccine can block the negative, acne-causing effects of P. acnes bacteria without actually killing the bacteria themselves.
About 50 million Americans are diagnosed with acne every year. That’s more than the entire population of Australia or Canada. As for us, A Journal of Primary Healthcare study reveals that facial acne is prevalent among 67.5% among adolescents in Malaysia and there is a rising incidence of facial acne with increasing age. “Left untreated, acne scars will cause severe consequences to a person’s physical, mental and social well-being, from lack of confidence to even depression,” said Hiruscar’s Senior Marketing Manager, Pang Koon Yin.
And here’s what’s even more terrifying. “The incidence of adult female acne is increasing every year,” says Joshua Zeichner, an acne specialist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. And no one knows why.
The fact that scientists don’t know the exact cause of acne explains why there’s no real cure for a skin condition that so many of us have. (By the way, that 50 million number includes cystic or chronic acne sufferers, and even those who only get one pimple a month.)
There’s now light at the end of the tunnel. An acne vaccine that would forever alter our approach to skincare is finally in the works. Imagine an entire generation that doesn’t know what it’s like to hide their skin under layers of foundation and concealer, invest tons of money on “miracle” products that don’t work, or deal with the depressing aftermath of past breakouts.
So far, it’s worked on skin biopsies that the researchers collected from acne patients. “The next step is testing it on patients in clinical trials,” says Huang. The first phase of those trials, which could take one to two years, will be underway soon.
So hang tight till then, and be gentle to your skin, and to yourself, in the meantime. Because the only thing worse than acne, are the emotional and physical scars it leaves behind.
Here’s one of our favourite acne-coverage tutorials by pro makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge: