Acne affects millions of people of all ages. Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. Acne has many forms, including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts, and nodules. Acne first usually crops up when puberty hits as the the sebaceous glands (responsible for lubricating the skin and hair) activate; however, acne can occur at any age. In fact, odds are, you’ve experienced acne at some point in your life; it’s estimated three in four people suffer from acne. Acne is not dangerous, but it can lead to taunting as a child and leave skin scars.
MDPen, a microneedling supplier of microneedling products such as microneedling pens and needles, believes in microneedling’s power to help eliminate acne scars. Read more below about the exciting research into an acne vaccine that could help all of us.
THE ACNE VACCINE
Doctors aren’t sure the real reason for acne, besides the fact your sebaceous glands are producing oils and interact unfavorably with the bacteria that lives on your face, and thus, don’t have a real cure — only treatments. However, an acne vaccine is exciting as millions of people would be helped.
So how can one develop a vaccine for something we don’t know exactly how it’s caused? Simple. By targeting the messenger or the results — skin inflammation. This vaccine would be the first to target bacteria already in human skin, instead of invading pathogens, the bad guys that cause most of our diseases. The bacteria — known as P. acnes — releases a toxin that the vaccine would stimulate the body to produce antibodies that would eliminate the toxin. Thus, the inflammation in your skin would be suppressed, resulting in no acne produced.
HOW FAR AWAY ARE WE FROM A VACCINE?
A little ways to put it bluntly. Currently, a vaccine is being tested on mice. Until human trials begin and the results are documented, a vaccine cannot be offered or approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Thus, no date has yet been proposed.
WILL THE ACNE VACCINE WORK?
As the first of its kind vaccine to target the symptoms (inflammation) instead of the cause, some are skeptical of its effectiveness. Some predict it will only diminish the appearance of acne, not completely eradicate it. Thus, the acne vaccine will need to be used alongside other, more established treatments. Regardless, most sufferers of acne say that anything that improves the condition is worthwhile.
WHY WE NEED AN ACNE VACCINE?
With deadly diseases still with cures unknown such as cancer and AIDS, why are physicians spending resources on a skin condition that ultimately is purely cosmetic by nature? Simple.
- It impacts those who suffer from acne on a deep psychological level and in an extremely negative way. Acne cannot be concealed and being that most of the time it’s on our face, it’s conspicuous to others and makes us very self-conscious.
- Acne impairs the self-esteem of those who suffer from chronic acne, especially during adolescence — a period of important physical, emotional, and social development.
Acne can cause scarring, sometimes severely.
- Acne treatments are severely lacking in effectiveness. Current medications are often insufficient and can cause difficult-to-tolerate side effects, ranging from skin dryness and irritation, to depression, suicidal thoughts, and increased rates of birth defects. An acne vaccination could circumvent potential adverse effects of topical or systemic retinoids and antibiotics, the current treatment options.
- Acne is widespread, affecting millions of people. And as an annoyance that harms us, if we have the power to eradicate it, why wouldn’t we?
MDPen is passionate about skin care. We believe strongly in caring for the skin, which is affected by both our physical environments as well as our states of mind. We produce our own proprietary skin care line, which contains simple skin care products for every aspect of your skin care regimen: cleansers, moisturizers, serums, and mists. We support microneedling practitioners who utilize microneedling to stimulate collagen production in the skin, which helps relieve the signs of aging and improve acne scarring.
MDPen also believes beauty comes from the inside as well. When you are confident and vibrant and look good on the outside, you bloom on the inside. Acne, a condition that affects the self-esteem, affects us mentally in a negative way, diminishing our beauty. MDPen supports the efforts to develop a vaccine for acne that we hope to see in 2019. Visit MDPen online today for all of your microneedling questions and supply needs!