The acne cure made from mother's breast milk

A face cream derived from breast milk could help to beat acne in teenagers.

Scientists have found a component of mother's milk called lauric acid, which also occurs in coconut oil, that can help reduce irritation and spots.

They hope a cream made with the naturally-occurring acid will avoid side effects including redness and burning caused by conventional antibiotic treatments. 

Young woman applying cream on face

Acne cure?: Lauric acid in mother's breast milk could help irritation and spots in teenagers and young adults

Around three-quarters of teenagers and young adults are affected by mild to moderate inflammatory acne, with some patients suffering depression and even attempting suicide.

The condition is caused by overactive oil-producing glands, which trap oil in pores where normally harmless bacteria causes inflammation.

A cream undergoing clinical trials uses tiny gold particles to carry lauric acid into pores where it can fight bacteria.

Dissaya Pornpattananangkul, a postgraduate student at the University of California, who developed the treatment, said: 'It's a good feeling to know that I have a chance to develop a drug that could help people with acne.'

The condition is usually associated with adolescence but can affect sufferers throughout their adult lives.

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