Common Herb Proves More Effective On Acne Than Popular Treatment
August 15, 2012 by Kellye Copas
Acne is a four-letter word we learn to hate as teenagers; unfortunately, many of us carry that disdain into adulthood. Acne treatments can be harsh, drying and irritating, and often donâ€™t live up to our expectations to eradicate embarrassing pimples and bumps.
However, Mother Nature has stepped up to the plate with a natural solution that seems poised to take the lead in combating Propionibacterium acnes (aka PA) — the bacteria primarily responsible for causing acne.
Researchers steeped thyme, marigold and myrrh in alcohol to extract the plantâ€™s active compounds. They tested the resulting tinctures on the PA bacteria and found that all three herbs killed more of the bacteria than an alcohol control. But thyme — the star player — was the most effective of all. Thyme was also significantly more effective than the highest prescribed concentration of benzoyl peroxide.
The research was presented at a conference of the Society for General Microbiology in Dublin. As a conference presentation abstract, this research hasnâ€™t been through the full peer-reviewÂ process yet, as this usually takes place when research is published in journals after review for sense and validity by experts in the field.