Researchers Discover Lipids Linked to Teen Acne

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, January 25, 2017

In a recently published paper in the Journal of Lipid Research, Emanuela Camera and her colleagues at the San Gallicano Dermatologic Institute in Italy analyzed the lipids in sebum to explain how sebum composition correlates with the severity of acne in teenagers.
“One of the many insults of adolescence is pimple-speckled skin,” says Camera. “Sebum, an oily skin secretion, plays a major role in causing zits. But the knowledge of what exactly in sebum is responsible for the occurrence of acne is rather limited.”
The lipids in human sebum are so unique that some are not even found in other oily substances in the body, or in other species. The complexity of sebum lipids has made them difficult to analyze and understand completely.
Aiming to better understand these lipids and their role in acne, 61 teenagers were recruited with the help of dermatologists.
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