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Vitamin B12 supplement linked to pimply skin

Date:
June 24, 2015
Source:
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences
Summary:
Vitamin B12 tweaks how genes behave in the facial bacteria of some people who normally enjoy clear skin, leading to pimples, new research suggests.
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Vitamin B12 tweaks how genes behave in the facial bacteria of some people who normally enjoy clear skin. The activity changes of the facial bacteria promote inflammation and lead to pimples.

By shedding light on one mechanism behind B12's role in acne, the UCLA finding may identify drug targets that lead to new treatments for acne.

Science Translational Medicine publishes the findings in its June 24 edition.

The research was supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.


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Journal Reference:

  1. Huiying Li et al. Vitamin B12 modulates the transcriptome of the skin microbiota in acne pathogenesis. Science Translational Medicine, June 2015 DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aab2009

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