Hands up if you’ve fallen victim to disturbingly large amounts of questionable acne home remedies at the hands of your mothers, aunties… or nail ladies that could do with being a little less brazenly honest? Yeah, us too. We’ve all experienced the burn of worrying mixtures of toothpaste, vinegar, and the remnants of last night’s pimple cream.
Happily, though, science says no more!
A new skin research development published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology tells us a vaccine for acne may actually be closer than we’d ever thought possible. Not just a spot treatment, it is intended to be a long-lasting solution stopping pimples entirely. Imagine being inoculated against spots as easily as you can against the flu!
Compared to other treatments which target external skin irritants like dirt and pathogens, this vaccine is tailored specifically to human skin to combat our own toxic proteins that cause pimple inflammation in the first place.
Having recently been tested on mice and skin samples with positive results, scientists predict that with more development and time, this may actually work for humans. Although we're more than excited, we can't guarantee we'll stop obsessively face-masking...
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