The fu­ture is clear

If we had a crys­tal ball, we’d be gazil­lion­aires. We’d also see these: the next gen­er­a­tion of acne treat­ments.

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1A bac­te­ria cure There’s a type of virus called phages – “and they’re ev­ery­where,” says Dr Jenny Kim, a pro­fes­sor of medicine, der­ma­tol­ogy and nu­tri­tion. “In cheese, in dirt, on your skin.” They in­fect bac­te­ria, and that’s where things get in­ter­est­ing: “Dif­fer­ent types of phages live off of dif­fer­ent bac­te­ria, and they can choose to kill their hosts,” says Dr Kim, who is study­ing the phages that in­fect acne bac­te­ria specif­i­cally. “If we can de­liver them to the skin ef­fec­tively,” she says, “maybe we can find a cure for acne.”

2A vac­cine Yes, re­ally. A shot is in the works that could make you im­mune to break­outs. “We found an an­ti­body to a toxic

pro­tein that acne bac­te­ria se­crete on skin,” says Dr Eric C Huang, the project’s lead re­searcher. “The pro­tein is as­so­ci­ated with the in­flam­ma­tion that leads to acne.” The first phase of clin­i­cal tri­als on pa­tients, which could take one to two years, will be un­der way soon.

3A probiotic ther­apy

“Feed­ing pro­bi­otics (good bac­te­ria) sugar cre­ates a fer­ment,” says Dr Huang, who is also study­ing one such fer­ment’s abil­ity to kill acne be­fore they cause break­outs. A top­i­cal gel that pits your skin’s bac­te­ria against one another could be de­vel­oped soon. It’s im­por­tant to stay up­dated with the lat­est de­vel­op­ments, and make sure you do enough re­search be­fore try­ing any­thing new.

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