Shannon R., SELF magazine
As I've mentioned in previous posts this week, there are several effective ways to treat acne. Unfortunately, many of these treatments can be irritating to the skin and expensive. And while I've heard of many natural remedies for acne, they often aren't supported by any concrete scientific evidence. That's why it's so exciting to see some research out of England that may support the use of a common herb in the treatment of acne.
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Time for Thyme
Recently, the Dermatology Times reported on a study out of Leeds University in England. The researchers tested several natural extracts for efficacy in killing p. acnes, the bacteria that contributes to the formation of zits. They found that a tincture of thyme was not only more effective than the other natural extracts tested, but was actually superior in efficacy to benzoyl peroxide, a commonly used acne fighting medicine! In addition, since the thyme tincture is less irritating than benzoyl peroxide it's likely to result in increased usage.
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Of course, more research needs to be done. The presence or absence of this bacteria is only one of the triggering mechanisms for acne (excess sebum and excess skin shedding are other causes). Still it's very promising when a natural ingredient shows true efficacy.
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Don't look for thyme in your acne cream just yet! However, it's exciting to see research looking for natural and less harsh ways to treat acne. No time for thyme? Try tea tree oil - it's a natural and effective way to treat acne now!
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