Got Acne? A Vaccine Could Be Coming

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Preface by TLB Staff Writer: Christopher Wyatt

When I first saw the following article I thought it was a late April fool’s joke! Sadly, the following is a newly announced acne vaccine that will prey upon the vanity of teenage boys and girls across the world.

Vaccinating for Propionibacterium acnes the bacteria thought to be responsible for causing breakouts might do more harm than good as it has been shown that the same group of bacteria that causes acne is also beneficial to the human skin. It is very possible that vaccinating for a normal human condition such as acne will cause more trouble that it is worth.

Nature hates a vacuum and there is the possibility of new more devastating bacteria taking the place of the one that causes acne. What if human meddling opens the door for minor skin outbreaks to become full blown dangerous infections that include boils and necrotizing infections of the skin. There is simply no way of knowing what can and will happen!

The people developing this unnecessary vaccine of course only want to focus on the bacteria and profits! They are deliberately ignoring other factors that play into a person developing acne such as genetics, diet, environment, stress, and of course personal hygiene. Perhaps instead of a vaccine people who are prone to acne flare ups can change their diet, take extra steps to clean their skin, and come to the understanding that zits happen! (CW)

Got Acne? A Vaccine Could Be Coming

By Jenn Gidman

Eric Huang says he’s “good at vaccine development.” The UC San Diego dermatology professor tells the university’s Guardian he has even worked on a biodefense vaccine to fight anthrax, with a boost from the National Institutes of Health. Huang’s latest development on the vaccine scene, however, may be of more interest to an even greater swath of people: He says a six-year study could lead to a vaccine that can fight the effects of Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria that causes acne. “This is the first vaccine for human beauty,” Huang tells NBC 7, adding he sees a “huge market” for it. Huang told Allure earlier this month that attempts to combat the skin condition have been challenging, as p. acnes is found in everyone’s skin; it can sometimes even be beneficial, per a 2013 study.

Teens’ faces become P. acnes magnets, since the oils they produce during this hormone-charged period are what feeds the bacteria. Researchers sussed out an antibody that affects only the toxic Christie-Atkins-Munch-Petersen protein secreted by the bacteria, instead of killing off the actual bacteria, changing the course of the vaccine’s development. Huang tells NBC two types of vaccines are in the works: a therapeutic one and a preventive one they plan on giving to kids before they reach adolescence. For now, though, only zit-prone rodents may have cause to celebrate: Large-scale clinical trials may still be a year or two away, per Business Insider—the vaccine has only been tested on mice and small samples of human skin biopsies, the website for Huang’s lab notes. (If the vaccine tanks? There’s always the catwalk.)


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