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It’s Here: A Vaccination for Acne

January 11, 2018

vaccination for acne
by Kali Kushner



One thing that’s always spooked me abouthaving children is the possibility they willcarrythe acne gene and dealwith painful cystic acne that shapes their mindset well into adulthood. My acne was severe, cystic, and left emotional and physical scarring.Though it did make me stronger, I wouldn’t wish that pain upon anyone- especially my future children.


Acne is quiet common though- a total of 50 millionpeople are diagnosed with acne eachyear. That includes either one pimple a month or a face filled with severe nodular spots.What’s even more shocking? The number of adult females diagnosed with acne each yearis steadily increasing and dermatologist claim that no one really knows why. I personally believe this is due to toxic chemicals found in our makeup, hormonedisrupters, increasing factory pollution in our air,inflammatory substances found in our food,overly processed meat, and the increasingstresses along with technological advances in our daily lives.


That being said, with countless lotions, potions, creams, and pills, scientists still don’t have a cure for acne because it’s been impossible to detect the exact causation.And from what I’ve personally witnessed, everyone’s skin is different! Some people can be completely “cured” with a three step skincare routine while others must completely change their diet and entire lifestyle.And unfortunately for a vast majority (including yours truly) acne is persistent andnever completely goes away regardless of the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on dermatologists appointments and acne treatment systems.



what would you do for clear skin?


Imagine if your persistent acne suffering wascompletely over? Aworld where you never had to worry about acneever again. You didn’t have to continuously buyproducts wondering if they worked, check your skin every morning when you wake up,change your diet because of your skin, or evenworry if a pimple would scar. Sounds too good to be doesn’t it? Well, get excited folks. The researchers atThe University of California Sam Diego are currently working on a vaccine that could end acne for good.


It goes without saying, developing avaccine has plenty of complications. Without knowingexactly how acne works it can’t be stopped.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,” says Eric C. Huang, the project’s lead researcher. “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.”This means the vaccine may be able to block theacne causing effects of P-acnes without completely destroying the bacteria.


So far- it’s worked! The vaccine has only been tested on skin biopsiesthat the researchers collected from acne patients.“The next step is testing it on patients in clinical trials,” says Huang.The first phase of the trials will be underway soon, taking about 1 to 2 years.


Could you imagine growing up during a time where they’ve discovered a vaccine for acne? And if it actually works, how incredible! From the standpoint of an acne sufferer, it seems completely surreal to think about but with technological advances moving quicker than ever, I like to think that nothing’s impossible.



what would happen to skincare?



I don’t know about you but since I found out about a possible acne vaccine this question has been burningin the back of my mind:WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO SKINCARE???!Skincare is the largestcategory in the cosmetics industry,account for nearly 1/3 of all profits annually. Actually by 2024, the global skincare market is estimated to beworth 180billion US dollars.With a 7% increase in profits each year, I can’t help but wonder what would happen to the skincare industry- or if they’ll even allow such a vaccine to happen.


Large companies who have a wide reach and extreme lobbying power may be able to shut a vaccine down if it would have a drastic impact on sales or hurt their annual profit. Pretty crazy right? But I almost wonder if these large companies will ever allow a vaccine to happen, after all without acne there wouldn’t be any need for blemish fighting products. And without these products, there’s less sales, which means less annual profit for the company, translating into less jobs. I think this web is much, much bigger than what we see BUT I’m still going to remain optimistic there will one day be a vaccine.When it happens,I’ll be the first one in line.



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