Scientists find acne cure in breast milk, coconut oil

Updated: Apr 17, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

London: In what`s being claimed as a key
breakthrough, scientists have found a cure for acne -- breast
milk and coconut oil.

An international team, led by California University,
has discovered that a key ingredient found in both breast milk
and coconut oil -- lauric acidlauric acid -- has acne-fighting
properties, the `Daily Express` reported.

Now, the scientists hope to begin the trial of a new
face cream, whose base is formed from lauric acidlauric acid,
on humans soon.

And, according to the scientists, the new treatment
will have absolutely no side effects because it comes from
natural products unlike current treatments which can cause
redness and burning.

"It`s a good feeling to know I have a chance to
develop a drug that could help people with acne which afflicts
more than 85 per cent of teenagers," the British newspaper
quoted lead scientist Dissaya Pornpattananangkul as saying.

She has also created a sophisticated delivery system
that keeps lauric acid active until it is applied to the skin
and can target the acne, based on "nanoparticle bombs" --
microscopically small chemicals in the cream.

Professor Liangfang Zhang, who helped with research,
said: "Precisely controlled nanoscale delivery of drugs could
significantly improve treatment of skin bacterial infections."