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Menage a Trois Causes Adult Acne

Posted Dec 04 2011 1:01am

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“It’s like having lots of gasoline…and a match.”

That’s how the lead researcher describes his team’s break through in skin research.

Dr. Richard L. Gallo, M.D. Ph.D. of the University of California’s San Diego School of Medicine and his team of researchers have found the cause of rosacea, a condition also referred to as adult acne. (You can learn more about the red-faced regret of rosacea here.) They discovered that unlike real acne, which is caused by bacteria, rosacea is caused by a combination of two abnormal factors.

According to Science Daily , Dr. Gallo’s team found that when too much of two different inflammatory proteins are produced, they interact and boost the levels of a third protein. It’s this unusual protein triple play that produces the red-faced features that characterize rosacea.

Currently there is no good treatment for rosacea. Antibiotics can help but the underlying cause is not bacterial so they usefulness is limited. Dr. Gallo hopes that this research will lead to a brand new therapeutic treatment for this condition. Now if they can only find a cure for bacne !

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