Research Confirms Thyme as an Effective Acne Treatment

Herbalists have long used thyme as an antibacterial treatment for acne, but a recent study at Leeds Metropolitan University has found that a thyme tincture was more effective at killing the bacteria that cause acne (Propionibacterium acnes) than products containing the chemical benzoyl peroxide.

Benzoyl peroxide can cause major irritation, dryness, redness and flaking and many people are extremely sensitive to it. I remember using it at night for the first time as a teenager. I woke up the next morning, red and greatly irritated, with my eyes swollen shut. Yikes. Nasty stuff.

In the study, the research team used tinctures (extracts of plants into alcohol) of thyme, myrrh and marigold. All of them showed antibacterial activity similar to benzoyl peroxide. Thyme was the most effective of the three.

So, plant some thyme this season and tincture it up (watch how to make a tincture here!)! Your skin will thank you. :)

Have you ever used thyme to treat your skin?


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  2. I have used thyme tea to combat mold in a controlled setting, it is a most effective!
    Will try it on my face now.. :) thanks!