Got acne? The solution may be ... breast milk! UC San Diego scientist Dissaya Pornpattananangkul discovers that an ingredient found in breast milk can cure teenage acne:
"Common acne afflicts more than 85 per cent of teenagers and over 40 million people in the United States; and current treatments have undesirable side effects including redness and burning.
"Lauric-acid-based treatments could avoid these side effects."
Miss Pornpattananangkul also developed a sophisticated "smart delivery system" for the lauric acid to be effective.
She was able to bind the acid with "gold nanoparticles" which stops the lauric acid from joining together while in cream form and then allows it to separate quickly when applied to the skin.
"The new smart delivery system includes gold nanoparticles attached to surfaces of lauric-acid-filled nano-bombs," she said.