recent research at Leeds Metropolitan University has shown that tincture of Thyme is more effective at killing the bacteria that causes acne than creams containing Benyol Peroxide. A paper detailing the research was presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s spring conference in Dublin recently. http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/about/thyme-for-a-more-natural-cure-to-acne27032012.htm
Acne is a condition often thought of as something that affects only teenagers. However, in my experience, it can affect people well into adult life. Although creams are a common treatment, it is also important to treat the problem from the inside as well, perhaps by improving diet or the immune system. Antibiotics, which are often prescribed to treat acne, should be avoided if at all possible. Although they may clear the acute infection, they may well damage the person’s gut flora, allowing harmful yeasts and bacteria, such as Candida albicans or Clostridium species to flurish. These may damage digestion, introduce toxins or damage the immune system.
In my experience, tincture of Echinacea can also be applied externally as well as taken internally and is often successful. As a Medical Herbalist I usually prescribe and dispense a mixture of several herbs to suit each client’s individual needs and treat underlying conditions, such as poor immunity or anxiety, as well as acne.