STATES CHRONICLE – People suffering from psoriasis have to face the hard truth that there is currently no way to cure the itchy portions of skin. However, researchers might have come up with an effective solution. A component present in fire ant venom might work against certain psoriasis symptoms. This might be possible, as the component could mend the skin’s function to work as a barrier.
Why is fire ant venom so miraculous for the skin?
Fire ant venom contains solenopsin, which is a component resembling ceramides. These substances are, in fact, lipids, which can maintain the barrier function of the skin. They preserve moisture and keep cells together, and are often added into creams or other skin products.
However, ceramides come with certain disadvantages. In some cases, it could happen that they get converted into inflammatory molecules, therefore they cannot always be effective for psoriasis. This is why researchers collected solenopsin from fire ant venom, and modified it so it doesn’t get converted into those molecules.
Solenopsin returned great results against psoriasis
After these chemicals were ready, they added them to a skin cream, which they tested on mice with psoriasis for a period of 28 days. The results showed these mice reduced their skin thickness by 30 percent, and their psoriasis symptoms were alleviated. Also, adding solenopsin to immune cells prevented the formation of inflammatory molecules.
Solenopsin is the perfect ingredient which can restore the barrier of the skin. Other products can make it smoother, and reduce its thickness, but they are not capable of mending this barrier function. However, this doesn’t mean the already existing treatments are completely ineffective. Researchers think they could be combining them with the magical chemical from fire ant venom, and get surprising results.