BETTER acne treatments may be on the way thanks to the world’s first study of sufferers’ DNA.
Experts believe new drugs could be developed after analysis of the genes of 26,772 people — 5,602 with a severe form of the skin condition — pinpointed a “significant” risk factor.
Better acne treatments could be on the way after the world’s first study of sufferers’ DNA[/caption]
It found sufferers were more likely to have genetic variants which influence hair follicle formation.
Millions could benefit from new drugs as four in five people will get acne between the ages of 11 and 30.
Severe cases can cause distress and lead to permanent scarring.
The most effective current treatment is Roaccutane but it can cause muscle aches and dry skin.
most read in health
MIND OVER MATTER
What are the symptoms of anxiety, how can it be treated and who else suffers? From Zayn Malik to Will Young
GUT TO GO
Mum left with a 3st ‘puddle’ of loose belly skin after 10st weight loss has it removed after years of 'acting fat and happy'
Prostitute who earns £2,000 a week reveals the average penis size … and how much she enjoys work
THE PRESIDENTIAL AGEING EFFECT
How high-flying lifestyles of Kate Moss and Theresa May can age skin by FIVE YEARS
Dermatologist Professor Jonathan Barker, of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, led the study with experts at King’s College London. He said there had been few advances in the treatment of acne for decades.
He added: “When you have insight into the genetic basis of a condition, you can develop much more effective treatments.
“We need to treat people earlier so that they don’t get scars, which last even after the condition has gone.”
- GOT a news story? RING us on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org