The conference “Towards Skin Perfection: From Understanding Acne to Innovative Formulations", to be held in New Jersey on December 11th will see internationally known experts in cosmetic dermatology examine the science of acne, from causes to therapy and formulations that help to balance the skin's condition.
“Consumers are forever seeking to perfect the look of their skin, but so many struggle with acne on a daily basis. Over 90% of the population will at sometime during their lives be affected,” says Dr. Paul Mouser, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Ashland.
“In bringing together some of the foremost authorities in the world on acne and skin care at the upcoming symposium, we can help formulators better develop effective solutions that enable consumers to easily achieve a flawless look,” he adds.
Amongst the topics set to be discussed at the event is 'Scarring and Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation', 'Application of the Biofilm Concept', 'Targeted Drug Delivery for Acne Therapy: Lost in Translation,' and 'Challenges to the Discovery and Development of an Acne Product.'
According to Mouser, whilst the issue of acne is not a new one for industry professionals, recent research has revealed fresh insights as to the nature of the disease that can influence how formulators develop treatments going forward.
"Did you know that P. acnes, the bacterium responsible for acne, may protect itself through a biofilm? Or that consumers afflicted with acne show an exaggerated immune response to P. acnes compared to those without acne," he gives by way of example.
Its four years since the Care Specialties Business Unit of Ashland established the 'Avant Institute' to promote scientific research relevant to the development of technologies for the personal care industry.
Since then it has sponsored several international conferences covering skin biology, the physical chemistry of hair fibres, stratum corneum enzymology, new advances in synthetic chemistry and dermatology.