Now those are words to make you slam on the brakes ‘eh – a cure for acne. Who’d want to miss that? Those 3-little words are enough to make a girl of any age, jump with joy. Whether you have teenage acne, adult acne, time of the month acne or every-darn day of the year acne, this potential cure works for all.
Sounds like a godsend, am I right?
Here’s the deal…
How to Cure Pimples
To be able to banish your pimples and rid yourself of acne, you need a clever scientist to know exactly what’s causing them in the first place.
Without knowing this vital piece of the puzzle, treatment options for acne are like trying to keep water in a bath-tub with no plug.
You put a bit of ‘potential cure’ in and it floods straight back out again.
A cure is a one time thing.
A cure is something you take once and never have to take again.
Now what do you call that ‘eh?… A vaccine.
The Target of The Acne Cure
If you are currently trying to kick acne’s butt, your skin is experiencing these 3 things;
- Increased sebum production/imbalance in the type of sebum your skin is creating.
- Hyperkeratinisation (dead skin hanging around for too long).
- A larger than normal population of Propionibacterium acnes bacteria.
There are hundreds of sideline factors that can feed into this acne triangle – stress, poor diet, hormonal swings, however every effecting factor feeds directly into one of the 3 above.
…Say you have a poor diet, maybe one that is full of refined sugars, here’s what happens… sugar causes very quick changes to your blood-sugar levels, which in turn activates the release of insulin (which is a hormone), which also comes partnered with another hormone called insulin-like growth factor, which has been linked to increased sebum production and an enlarging of pores.
Factor, number 1.
All 3 of the above acne factors also feed into each other. When skin creates an above normal amount of sebum it also encourages dead skin cells to hang-around for longer. When dead skin cells hang around for longer, they also serve as ‘food’ for acne causing Propionibacterium acnes bacteria.
If you permanently remove 1 of these 3 factors – you find a cure for acne.
— Cheryl Woodman (@HonestyForSkin) 15 May 2017
Sounds simple ‘eh. Especially when we can delegate the finding of a pimple solution to scientists from The University of California, San Diego. Go team!
So just what are our team of scientists targeting? How will this cure for acne work?
The Acne Vaccine
See a zit appear and you see only the final result of several acne causing factors colliding. Think of it like mixing together butter, flour, sugar and eggs to make cake, the grand finale comes together in the oven, but the foundation-making happens before.
Our friendly team of scientists led by Dr. Eric C. Huang (PhD) have put their hand in the acne causing hat and drawn out – Propionibacterium acnes bacteria.
Propionibacterium acnes (p. acnes) are a bacteria all normal people (yes – you are normal) can lay claim to. We all have a small population of p. acnes bacteria… if you owned a beach hut resort with 40 rooms, p. acnes would inhabit 1.
However and you knew there was a however coming ‘eh… smart and beautiful!
In the case of acne, populations of p. acnes grow out of control. They take their 1 beach hut and they raise you the extra 39.
Now this is a problem, because when p. acnes bacteria eat, they excrete.
Think bird-poop facial, however instead of the ingredients benefiting skin, they cause irritation.
The culprit – a protein nicknamed CAMP.
Here comes the clever part…
Because Propionibacterium acnes is a naturally present bacteria in all normal skin floras, exterminating it doesn’t make sense. So, instead of targeting p. acnes, Dr. Huang’s team are targeting the CAMP protein. They’re supplying a biological poop-a-scoop to keep skin clear.
A Potential Cure for Acne
When using skincare to kick acne’s butt, you have to commit for a significant period of time. If you have teenage acne, it could be the entire length of your teenage years. If you experience time-of-the-month acne, it could be for the foreseeable future. You have to commit because when you stop using the active ingredient that’s working e.g. salicylic acid, zinc or niacinamide, skin reverts back to its ‘before’ biology.
However Dr. Huang’s team are creating an acne treatment promising to be a one-time thing.
Their acne treatment will be sending the troublesome CAMP protein – to jail.
The plan is this…
Acne patients will be injected with a teeny, tiny amount of CAMP protein. As this small dose enters, an acne patient’s immune system is activated. It says, ‘oh hey-up, what’s this? We didn’t invite you in, you look pretty out of place here, I’m not sure how i feel about this, let’s show you the emergency exit… pronto…’ Now after this happens, your body has new information. It now knows exactly where its CAMP emergency exit is. Every time it sees another CAMP protein, it knows exactly what to do – pull out that poop-a-scoop.
While our soap-opera CAMP attack plays out, this is what happens in a petri-dish;
Your body is injected with a teeny, tiny amount of CAMP protein. Your immune system is activated. As the CAMP dose is small, your body is only under a small amount of stress giving it optimal opportunity to manufacture an antibody. Once the antibody is created, it seeks out all CAMP proteins, binds to them, locks them down and ultimately, destroys them. Once your body has created an anti-body, it has ‘immunity’ for life.
This is why, if all goes well, Dr. Huang’s team may soon be patenting a cure for acne. A one time acne treatment giving you immunity for life.
How Long Will You Have to Wait for an Acne Cure?
Dr. Huang’s team are busy bees, so far their acne treatment has been proven in the laboratory i.e. in animal models and in petri dishes. However, the CAMP target will need to be proven many more times over to support the hypothesis that training the body to destroy CAMP proteins, puts a stop to inflammatory, acne causing pathways.
Once here… and with many, many more yes ticks in the CAMP box, the ‘cure for acne’ research will progress to human trials.
Want to know more? Be sure to stay tuned;
Have acne and want to take action now? Read this next, ‘Adult Acne – 8 Skincare Tips every Adult Acne Conqueror should Know’.
What do you think dear friend? Have you heard about this potential cure for acne? Do you have questions? Leave them in the comments section below…
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.