French drugs firm Sanofi Pasteur will collaborate with the University of California in San Diego to try and develop a vaccine to combat active acne. According to a company statement, the research will focus on “an immunological approach to acne prevention and treatment, targeting the specific neutralization of Propionibacterium acnes factors in inflammation.”
While this is great news for the millions of people who suffer from active acne, research and development projects such as this can take years to get to the stage where a drug can marketed and distributed to the public.
And so, in the meantime, it’s important to remember what can be done already to tackle active acne. The bacteria present on the skin play an instrumental role in causing the inflammation and infection that makes acne such an unpleasant skin condition to live with.
Laser acne treatment targets these bacteria and eliminates them, thus preventing further break outs, while the heat from the laser gently stimulates the skin’s natural healing response.
It is terribly important to treat active acne early on, as it can cause awful scarring which can affect confidence even once the red and inflamed spots subside.