A face cream made from an ingredient found in breast milk and coconut oil could cure teenage acne, researchers at the University of California say. Researchers found the natural ingredient called lauric acid has acne-fighting capabilities without the side-effects of other anti-acne treatments, according to Daily Mail (UK).
“It’s a good feeling to know that I have a chance to develop a drug that could help people with acne,” said Dissaya Pornpattananangkul, a postgraduate researcher at the University of California, San Diego. “Common acne afflicts more than 85 per cent of teenagers and over 40 million people in the United States; and current treatments have undesirable side effects including redness and burning.”
Pornpattananangkul and Liangfang Zhang, a professor at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, have also developed a “smart delivery” method for the cream, attaching the lauric acid to gold nano-particles which they say prevents clumps of acid from forming and helps locate the pimple-causing bacteria.
Researchers behind the study hope to begin human trials on a new face cream soon that could tackle problem that affects millions of teenagers. And because the cream is made from natural or already-approved ingredients, the approval for testing will be relatively quick, they say.