With over 50 million new diagnoses of acne being made every year in America according to the American Academy of Dermatology and statistics from the National Institute of Health showing that 80% of people between 11 to 30 years of age have acne. Any news regarding a possible cure is always going to catch our attention. So when we heard that a Professor from the University of California, UC San Diego had developed a vaccine which could potentially cure this debilitating skin care condition, we were keen to find out more.
For many of the readers the coverage about the acne vaccine, which appeared in many well-known beauty magazines from Allure to Elle and Cosmopolitan, was greeted with a mixture of intrigue and apprehension. People were curious to know if a vaccine could really make a dramatic improvement on a long term basis. They were also slightly dubious due to the experiences they‘d undergone in the past, while using prescription medication.
How does the acne vaccine potentially work?
When interviewed by NBC 7 in San Diego, Professor of Medicine, Eric Huang PhD who has been leading the research for this cutting edge project with a team of fellow scientists from the Department of Dermatology, stated that while still undergoing clinical trials the vaccine if successful, would be the first vaccine for ‘human beauty’ of its type.
In summary the vaccine has been developed to neutralize a molecule by the name of Christie-Atkins-Munch-Peterson (CAMP) factor, which the body isn’t able to achieve on its own without the assistance of this potential effective antibody. According to Professor Huang the goal of the vaccine project which is targeted at acne vulgaris, is to educate the immune system so that the body can control naturally the growth of P.acnes bacteria, which can lead to unwanted inflammation. In moderation P.acnes bacteria are good for you, so the focus had to be placed on finding an antibody to address the CAMP factor itself. While the vaccine will not necessarily eliminate this bacteria completely, it has the ability to potentially reduce the irritation it can cause, which would therefore lead to a significant decrease in the number of blemishes and breakouts which occur.
When will the acne vaccine be available in the USA?
The vaccine has reportedly already been trialled in clinical research labs, however still needs to undergo further testing on patients in further clinical trials, before its release onto the market and into Dermatology Clinics after the testing phase, which is anticipated to last for several years.
Nikolett’s thoughts on the development of a vaccine to cure acne?
As an acne and skin care specialists who is well known in the Manalapan area of New Jersey, I’m always excited to read about new developments and the introduction of treatments which our clients could benefit from, especially as the real cause of acne still remains unknown. As you know acne is a highly complex inflammatory condition which takes time and commitment to resolve. At Envision Acne & Skin Care Center we believe in a natural approach when it comes to achieving clear beautiful skin. As science and new research advances, we continually developing and improving our treatments and the PoreInfusion skincare products, which have been specifically developed to support our results driven Acne Free Skin Program. Many of our clients have come to us after years of trying literally every documented or advised solution possible, from home care retail brands to laser resurfacing, cortisone injections and even lengthy treatments with topical prescriptions such as Retin A and Accutane. So the possibility of a vaccine to cure acne is something we’re not 100% convinced in, but interested to follow.
As I’ve often documented in previous blog posts and always advise to any of our clients, in my opinion every new case of acne needs to be approached on an individual basis with a customized program being designed to suit the individual’s lifestyle and specific requirements. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been seduced by brands promising instant solutions and while in some cases we’re left disappointed after making a substantial investment in a new range of products, we always keep an open mind when it comes to cutting edge scientific research. When addressing acne, I’m however a firm believer that a holistic approach must be applied and that in addition a preventative skin care plan being created by an experienced skin care specialist. Exercise, nutrition and the incorporation of a balanced life style also needs to be taken into consideration if you are serious about achieving clear skin.
While in some cases products such as Retin A and prescription medications may initially resolve the immediate problem, they’re not in my opinion long term sustainable solutions. Instead I recommend that a treatment plan is put into place combining regular acne facials and LED light therapy treatments, carried out by a licensed aesthetician in addition to the daily use of acne safe skin care products which have been designed to support your particular needs. Our PoreInfusion range of healing and purifying masks, anti-inflammatory acne gels, cleansers, hydrating moisturisers/serums, acne safe makeup and body products have all been developed after many years of extensive research to ensure that your acne journey is supported with ingredients which have the ability to purify, exfoliate and remove excess oil without causing further damage to the skin.
While I’m looking forward to reading updates as to the results of the trials for the new acne vaccine, it’s important to know that if you’re suffering from acne at this moment in time that you are not alone! We have a solution for you that will help change your skin and change your life forever.
I would like to share with you recently published case studies* we uploaded featuring two of our clients demonstrating how it is possible to overcome acne with the right skin care program. And if you’re feeling low or depressed as a result of your acne, I want you to know that you’re not on your own and help is available.
Click HERE to read Jenna’s Story.
Click HERE to read Erin’s Story.
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