Thyme Herbal Remedy used for Acne Treatment has Antibacterial Benefits
(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University found that a tincture of thyme was more effective as an antibacterial acne treatment than concentrations of benzoyl peroxide. The researchers presented their findings at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin that is going on this week.
The study involved testing tinctures of thyme, marigold, and myrrh on bacterium that is known to cause acne. The bacteria engaging the skin pores cause the development of white heads to puss-filled cysts. Out of the three tinctures, the thyme was the most effective anti-bacterial effect than marigold, or myrrh. All three had anti-bacterial properties. However, the thyme tincture was more potent than standard concentrations of benzol peroxide for antibacterial properties.
Lead researcher, Dr. Margarita Gomez-Escalada explained that the herbs are steeped in alcohol for days to weeks to have the plant release the compounds into the liquid. She explained that thyme, marigold and myrrh are common herbal remedies used to treat acne.
This study is the first to demonstrate the antibacterial effect it had on the bacterium.
Dr Gomez-Escalada said that more studies will need to be conducted to understand how the tincture works to prevent acne.
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By: Marsha Quinn