Current Research on Acne
Medical researchers are working on
new drugs to treat acne, particularly topical antibiotics to
replace some of those in current use. As with many other
types of bacterial infections, doctors are finding that,
over time, the bacteria that are associated with acne are
becoming resistant to treatment with certain antibiotics,
though it is not clear how significant a problem this
Scientists are also trying to better
understand the mechanisms involved in acne so that they can
develop new treatments that work on those mechanisms. For
example, one group of NIAMS-supported researchers is
studying the mechanisms that regulate sebum production in
order to identify ways to effectively reduce its production
without the side effects of current medicines. Another group
is trying to understand how P. acnes activates the
immune system in order to identify possible immunologic
interventions. Other areas of research involve examining the
effects of isotretinoin on an area of the brain that might
lead to depression and developing a laser system to treat
acne and acne-related scars without damaging the outer
layers of the skin.
Researchers in Germany, funded by
German institutions, have taken P. acnes and
identified its genetic information (genome). This
information may help researchers develop new treatments to
target the bacteria.
Part 1: What is acne?
Part 2: What is acne? ...continued
Part 3: What causes acne?
Part 4: How is acne treated?
Part 5: How should I care for my skin?
Part 6: Current research for acne?
Source: Adapted from National
Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases