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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:24

Herb-Thyme could be more Effective to Zap Acne

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Thyme more effective than marigold, myrrh and acne  chemical benzoyl peroxide- Study

thymeResearchers show that, Thyme may be  more effective at zapping  spots,  than marigold, myrrh and  an expensive creams, gels and lotions containing acne  chemical benzoyl peroxide. Most importantly it is kinder to the skin in compare to powerful peroxide based treatments and it would not leave irritating bleach marks on pillow cases and clothes- Daily Mail UK news.
Acne is most common skin problem that almost all of us face at some point in our lives. It’s the sign of Puberty. In few it doesn’t disappear on adulthood and around 5 percent of women and 1 percent o f men have acne over the age of 25. Number of people suffering from Adult acne is also increasing gradually.

Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University studied the Thyme’s spot-busting potential. They prepared tinctures of thyme by steeping the herb in alcohol for days or weeks, a process that draws out the active compounds from the plant.
They then added billions of the pimples -causing bacterium Propionibacterium acnes the tincture and gave it five minutes to take effect.
The other herb plants that are known for their anti scar property including marigold and myrrh were also tested for antiseptic effects during the study.

Researchers found that Thyme was the most effective of the trio, killing around 100,000 bacteria per ml - or half a million per teaspoonful.
It was also slightly more effective than benzoyl peroxide, the chemical in some treatments given on prescription, as well as in widely available preparations such as Clearasil and Oxy 5 and 10.
The Society for General Microbiology’s heard that tests also showed that thyme’s effects weren’t simply due to the alcohol in the tincture sterilising the skin. 

Researcher says-Thyme: Not as irritating to the skin as chemicals
Researcher Dr Margarita Gomez-Escalada said: ‘We now need to carry out further tests in conditions that mimic more closely the skin and work out at the molecular level how these tinctures are working.
'If thyme tincture is proven to be as clinically effective as our findings suggest, it may be a natural alternative to current treatments.
'The problem with treatments containing benzoyl peroxide is the side-effects they are associated with.
'A burning sensation and skin irritation are not uncommon. My students talk about how horrible it is.
'Herbal preparations are less harsh on the skin due to their anti-inflammatory properties, while our results suggest they can be just as, if not more, effective than chemical treatments.'I haven’t put the thyme tincture on my skin but it smells really nice. It smells of the forest.If it is proven for it to really work, it would be fantastic for it to become a mainstream treatment.'

Expert’s view
Dr Shernaz Walton, a spokesman for the British Association of Dermatologists, said the concept sounds good for two reasons.
Firstly, the alcohol in the solution will help dry up greasy skin, making it easier for the acne-causing bugs to thrive. And, while bacteria can learn to evade antibiotics, there would be 'no question' of them becoming resistant to thyme.

Dr Walton, a consultant dermatologist at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: 'There is always a need for better treatments for acne, particularly ones you can use without causing any side-effects. 'It might be good if there was something we could encourage young teenagers to use instead of the glossy moisturisers they see advertised in glossy magazines.'

Thyme and Ajwain(Indian spice) are different herbs however, Ajwain is often described as tasting like THYME with an astringent edge.

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