OK now how about what’s coming down the pipeline? A new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that shellfish may hold the next weapon in the fight against acne. Yes, not only are they delicious with butter, but they may clear up your zits!
Chitosan, a “nanoparticle” derived from crustaceans, was shown to directly kill the P. acnes bacteria. Even better? It plays nicely with benzoyl peroxide and provides more of a bacteria killing effect when used in combo with the benzoyl peroxide than when used alone. Dr. Schweiger suspects it may be marketed as a combination topical. However, since the study is still in vitro, approval and an actual medicine could be five to seven years away.