April 26, 2012

A New Study Finds That Thyme Is More Effective Against Acne Than Benzoyl Peroxide

Nature wins again. Breaking research conducted by Dr. Escalada from Leeds Metropolitan University found that a solution made from thyme is more effective at treating the acne bacterium than benzoyl peroxide.

Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most common ingredients in acne treatments. But as anyone who has tried it knows, it can cause skin sensitivity, redness and irritation. Overuse can even lead to peeling. Did you know it also causes UV sensitivity and is banned in Europe? It even bleaches fabric. Yikes, that in itself is enough to scare me off. So I'm psyched to see a less harsh alternative.

Researchers tested tinctures of thyme, marigold and myrrh and found that thyme was most effective against the bacteria that causes acne. The work has been presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Dublin and further investigations are already planned.

Does this make anyone else want to go concoct some DIY goodies? I see a messy kitchen in my future.

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  1. Here, here! So many things are banned in Europe and not the US, what the is the deal?! This is just crazy to me... especially ingredients used in baby products. Maybe someday we'll catch up...

  2. It seems that Europe operates on the precautionary principle and the United States functions like our judiciary system: innocent until proven guilty. I think I like Europe's strategy better...