Thyme Treats Acne Better Than Medication, Study Finds

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Your first reaction to a brand new, big ol’ pimple on your face may be to slather it with a medicated cream. But a new study says you’d be better off running to your kitchen pantry and rubbing some herbs on it.

By soaking thyme, myrrh and marigold in alcohol to extract the herb’s active compounds, the researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University, found the tinctures of the herbs actually worked better at killing acne-related bacteria than benzoyl peroxide, the ingredient found in many acne medication creams.

All of the herbs helped to kill the bacteria, but the best results came from thyme, which beat out the rest of the herbs and benzoyl peroxide. The researchers indicated that a natural treatment may be more effective, and a good alternative to those who suffer from irritation when using benzoyl peroxide. The results of the study were presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Dublin.

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