Of all the acids used to treat acne, lauric acid isn’t usually on the tip of anyone’s tongue. However, this natural, nontoxic substance, found in both coconut oil and breast milk, holds excellent acne-fighting potential.
Recent research has found that nanoscale “bombs” carrying lauric acid can be delivered directly to the bacteria that causes acne. Once delivered, the nano-bombs have an antimicrobial effect, fusing with and then killing P. acnes bateria.
“Precisely controlled nano-scale delivery of drugs that are applied topically to the skin could significantly improve the treatment of skin bacterial infections,” explains University of California San Diego professor Liangfang Zhang, whose graduate student, Dissaya Pornpattananangkul, had her findings published in a recent issue of ACS Nano. “By delivering drugs directly to the bacteria of interest, we hope to boost antimicrobial efficacy and minimize off-target adverse effects.”
So, how soon could your skin start benefiting from this coconut-derived acne adversary?
“All building blocks of the nano-bombs are either natural products or have been approved for clinical use,” Zhang says, “which means these nano-bombs are likely to be tested on humans in the near future.”
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