Could Gold Dust Be The Next Best Therapy For Acne?
For years, acne sufferers have been struggling with dealing with acne1. Although acne is the most common amongst adolescents, teenagers and younger adults2, it can be a problem for many women and men, as well. More than 60% of people will suffer with acne at one point in their life3, and while it is a condition that affects the skin, for many, it can cause psychological problems as well4.
Acne can be an embarrassing condition due to its unsightly appearance caused by blemished and inflamed skin. It can affect a person’s self-esteem, confidence and their ability to succeed because of their overwhelming self-consciousness over their appearance5. But there’s good news.
A new study is being conducted to test a new treatment for acne and skin blemishes, and it’s using gold dust to do it. Currently, the study calls for 50 participants to evaluate the trials of this new therapy, and they’re calling it Sebacia6.
There are many people who suffer from acne and have trouble with the current treatments that exist. This is largely due to the fact that some of the most severe cases of acne require intense treatments that involve harsh chemicals and drugs that can pose some serious side effects7, and not all patients are willing to deal with that.
As it stands, there is no official cure for acne, but many doctors and dermatologists have found ways to keep it at bay by use of topical creams and ingestible drugs that include antibiotics and even oral contraceptives8. Since acne is generally, on the surface, caused by excessive sebum production and the accumulation of acne-causing bacteria and inflammation, the scientists behind Sebacia are hoping to treat it with gold dust6.
The idea is that gold particles may be just as effective as other topical treatments that already exist, and this upcoming study is looking to prove it. The therapy has already been sanctioned by the US Food and Drug Administration and will be lead by Dr. Howard Stevens, the founder of the private clinic in London, The Skin Care Network.
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- Chernyshov PV, Zouboulis CC, Tomas-Aragones L, et al. Quality of life measurement in acne. Position Paper of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Task Forces on Quality of Life and Patient Oriented Outcomes and Acne, Rosacea and Hidradenitis Suppurativa. J Eur Acad Dermatology Venereol. 2018;32(2):194-208. doi:10.1111/jdv.14585
- Vilar GN, Santos LA dos, Sobral Filho JF. Quality of life, self-esteem and psychosocial factors in adolescents with acne vulgaris. An Bras Dermatol. 2015;90(5):622-629. doi:10.1590/abd1806-4841.201533726
- Paithankar DY, Sakamoto FH, Farinelli WA, et al. Acne Treatment Based on Selective Photothermolysis of Sebaceous Follicles with Topically Delivered Light-Absorbing Gold Microparticles. J Invest Dermatol. 2015;135(7):1727-1734. doi:10.1038/jid.2015.89
- Oudenhoven MD, Kinney MA, McShane DB, Burkhart CN, Morrell DS. Adverse Effects of Acne Medications: Recognition and Management. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2015;16(4):231-242. doi:10.1007/s40257-015-0127-7
- Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20368048. Published 2019.
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