Researchers from the University of California said that an ingredient in coconut oil and human breast milk show signs of a possible cure for acne.
A postgraduate researcher at the University of California San Diego, Dissaya Pornpattananangkul, reported the findings at a conference last Thursday by the Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper.
She revealed that face cream which contains lauric acid can be a good acne treatment because it is compounded from essences found naturally or are already approved compounds.
It's good to know that I have the opportunity to develop a drug that can help people with acne, she said.
Usual acne affects more than 85 percent of teenagers and more than 40 million people in the United States. Current treatments that doctors and skin experts advice have undesirable side effects including redness and burning when not used and maintained properly.
Pornpattananangkul and Liangfang Zhang, professor at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering have also developed a smart delivery method for the cream. Attaching the lauric acid to gold nano-particles will prevent clumps of acid from forming and help locate the bacterial causing pimples.