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09-19-2012, 11:00 AM
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A face cream made from breast milk and coconut oil could cure acne, a new study claims.

A natural product found in both coconut oil and human breast milk - lauric acid - may offer treatment for acne, says a scientist.

The bioengineering graduate student from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering developed a "smart delivery system" - published in the journal ACS Nano in March - capable of delivering lauric-acid-filled nano-scale bombs directly to skin-dwelling bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) that cause common acne.

Bioengineering graduate student Dissaya "Nu" Pornpattananangkul will present her most recent work on this experimental acne-drug-delivery system at Research Expo, the annual research conference of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

Ph.D. student Dissaya "Nu" Pornpattananangkul is developing a smart system of drug delivery.

Lauric-acid-based treatments could avoid these side effects, the UC San Diego researchers say.

"It's a good feeling to know that I have a chance to develop a drug that could help people with acne," said Pornpattananangkul, who performs this research in the Nanomaterials and Nanomedicine Laboratory of UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor Liangfang Zhang from the Jacobs School of Engineering.