The newest perk to add to the never-ending list of breast milk benefits: curing acne. According to the British newspaper Daily Express, a U.S. researcher says the key ingredient lauric acid in both human breast milk and coconut oil will be used to form the base of a new face cream in the works.
The new acne-fighting treatment containing breast milk, discovered by a bioengineering graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, is not expected to have negative side effects because it comes from natural products, unlike today's remedies that can cause redness and burning, the Daily Express reports.
The student also developed a "smart delivery system" that keeps acne-fighting lauric acid active inside "nanoparticle bombs" in the cream until it's applied to the problem skin. No release date was provided. Trials on humans will begin soon, the Daily Express reports.
If there ever was a magic potion, it's breast milk, according to our health experts. With its perfect mix of protein, fat, carbs, vitamins and minerals, breast milk has everything your baby will need to thrive.
From providing nutrition to protecting your new baby from ear infections, pneumonia and a long list of other ailments, check out our list of 200 Reasons to Breastfeed. And don't forget the benefits for the nursing mom!
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.