Those who have ever suffered from acne will know how much, especially as a young woman, having bad skin can affect your self-esteem.
Try as we may to clear it with drugs, potions, cleansers and oil-free moisturisers, despite all the water and salmon and nuts we consume, it just refuses to go.
Well, things may be about to change.
A team of scientists at University of California San Diego are currently hard at work on a sort of acne vaccine.
“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,” lead researcher Eric C. Huang told 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.”
Pretty incredible stuff. The only problem is that the vaccine is currently still being tested and isn’t likely to be available for another two years.
Until then, here’s a piece we put together on what your acne says about your health – and some ways to get rid of it in the short term.