- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2017

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego are working on a vaccine for acne, Allure magazine reported.

Led by Eric Huang, the idea is to target the P. acnes bacteria that causes pimples on the face. The challenge is not destroying all of the bacteria in the body, which is necessary and beneficial, Mr. Huang said.

“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,” Mr. Huang told the magazine. “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.”

Testing in the laboratory on skin biopsies has had promising results, said the researchers, who hope to soon move the testing to human trials.

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