There is no definitive cure for acne, a physical problem with emotional consequences affecting millions of young people all over the world. However, we may soon see the results of research into a vaccine by the University of California.
Scientists use the specific antibodies created by the organism to fight Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria that causes acne. Once the vaccine has been developed it can also be used for local treatment and to eliminate the typical whiteheads and blackheads. The vaccine is expected to be available in about two years, once the mandatory tests have been done in humans.
Wrinkles are a universal sign of ageing. Nonetheless, even though they are inevitable, their appearance can be delayed by caring for the skin and using techniques and products that have given rise to a huge market worldwide.
Simone de Beauvoir described wrinkles as “something indescribable that comes from the soul", yet few people welcome the wrinkles that appear on their face. Wrinkles, the most visible sign of cell ageing, represent a challenge to cosmetic researchers investigating new ways to retain and increase the skin’s hydration and regeneration capacities. Read More
The first therapy to remove wrinkles using a person’s own skin cells has been approved in the USA. The treatment involves taking a sample of collagen-producing skin cells (fibroblasts) from behind the ear, multiplying them in a laboratory over some weeks and then injecting them in the area around the mouth and nose (the nasolabial folds).
According to the company which developed the treatment, called laViv, its cost will be around 2,500 euros. Official approval for the therapy by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) follows on from the positive results and few side effects encountered in the clinical trials conducted.