Coconut Oil Shows Promise in Acne Treatment

Apr 15, 2010
Scientists developed a novel way to treat acne and keep skin clean with the help of a new technique using nano-scale bombs that deliver lauric acid, found in coconut oil and breast milk.

Dissaya Nu Pornpattananangkul, a doctoral student from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) came up with an innovative system that include nano-bombs with gold nanoparticles that were designed to deliver drugs more effectively to treat acne. The nanoparticples carry liposomes with lauric acid that find bacteria that cause acne. The liposomes with lauric acid attack bacterial membranes and kill them. The nano-bombs are made from natural materials and approved for clinical use, scientists say.

Acne is one of the most common problems for teenagers and adults. Nowadays there is a variety of acne treatments available on the market, still many of them have unwanted side effects.

Scientists say that the new acne treatment, incorporating nanotechnology and natural products such as lauric acid from coconut oil can considerably improve the chances for success.