Where was this when we were in middle school? Seriously.
Soon, teenagers won't have to worry about untimely breakouts, resilient pimples and acne scars. Long are the days of paying too much money for sketchy infomercial products, spending hours piling on makeup and testing bogus at-home remedies we found on the internet.
That's because scientists at the University of California San Diego are working on developing a cure for acne. It's proven a little difficult however, as doctors need to figure out how to effectively balance the bacteria that causes these breakouts. Researchers expect it to take another few years before a safe cure has been found.
scientists gods are hoping to get to the clinical trials soon.
"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," said Dr. Eric Huang to Allure.
"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," he continued.
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But the cure is not only designed for teenagers. According to The Telegraph, cases of adult acne, particularly in female patients, are becoming more and more prominent. Some doctors are even calling the rise of adult acne an "epidemic". Woah.
"It is like an epidemic. We have so many sufferers," said Dr. Stefanie Williams, according to The Telegraph.
"Apart from genetics, diet, changes in hormones and stress, choosing the wrong skincare is having a big influence. Those in their thirties or forties who start to see lines and wrinkles begin investing in anti-aging skincare regimes," she said.
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