Acne is a persistent problem for some people which has both physical and psychological effects. Chronic acne is not just disfiguring it is a constant challenge to sufferers, which makes them want to hide away. Acne makes sufferers self conscious and no amount of concealer will successfully cover it up.
A dedicated skincare routine (cleanse, tone and moisturise) is vital but even if you get on top, there is always the threat of disfiguring scars and pockmarks that are left behind.
Topical treatments are currently the only solution but scientists at the University of California in San Diego have been searching for a medical treatment which will work. The quest has been for what is labelled an ‘acne vaccine’ — a treatment which will eliminate acne effectively and without side effects.
That is not not easy as lead researcher Eric C. Huang explains: “Acne is caused, in part, by P. acnes bacteria that are with you your whole life — and we couldn’t just create a vaccine to wipe out the bacteria because, in some ways, P. acnes are good for you. But we have found an antibody to the toxic protein that P. acnes bacteria secretes on the skin — and that protein is associated with the inflammation that leads to acne.”
Any practical implementation could be some years away. Clinical trials are yet to be fully implemented and will in any case take two years, but for millions of sufferers anything would be blessed result in what otherwise would seem to be a lifelong battle.