5 Natural Remedies for Acne Supported by Scientific Research

1. Guggul

Guggul is the most common name for a small medicinal tree Commiphora Mukul (Wightii), which is mostly found in the Indian subcontinent. In Ayurveda, guggul dry gum resin is obtained from the stem of the Guggul tree [R].

Guggul is one of the oldest Ayurvedic herbs taken orally for a variety of diseases. The term “guggul” in Sanskrit means “protects against diseases” [R].

According to a 1994 study, guggul extract is effective in the treatment of patients with acne. Patients with oily skin responded better to the treatment. Guggul treatment showed a very strong decrease in inflammatory damage of the skin. Guggul was as effective as traditional antibiotics in treating acne [R].

Based on a 2012 study, guggul also has anti-wrinkles and anti-aging properties because it can increase type I collagen production, which gives strength to human skin cells and inhibited the production of enzymes that cause skin damage [R].

Guggul didn’t show any toxicity or cancer development in rats, dogs, and monkeys [R].

There were also no side effects observed in the kidneys, liver, or blood parameters [R].

Due to the lack of sufficient clinical data, guggul should be avoided in pregnant or lactating women [R].

The dose of guggul varies between 125 – 1,000 mg according to the age of a person [R].

2. Ocimum Oil & Aloe Vera

A Nigerian study showed that Ocimum gratissimum (aka clove basil or wild basil) oil caused a greater reduction in acne lesions than 10% benzoyl peroxide [R].

While not that effective on its own, aloe vera gel significantly enhances the efficacy of Ocimum oil lotion. This combination was shown to be more effective than topical antibiotics (1% clindamycin) [R].

3. Oregano Essential Oil

According to a 2018 study published in the US National Library of Medicine, oregano essential oil is more effective than thyme and tea tree oil in killing Propionibacterium acnes [R].

Oregano essential oil can burn skin, so make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil. The formula that has been working for us is a mixture of 2 ml of oregano essential oil, 1 ml of thyme essential oil, 1 ml of tea tree oil, 1 ml of lavender oil, and 15 ml of argan oil.

4. Purified Bee Venom

According to a 2013 study, topical treatments containing Purified Bee Venom reduced the severity of acne [R].

Additionally, six weeks of treatment with Purified Bee Venom serum was found to be effective in the treatment of mild‐to‐moderate acne vulgaris, with no incidence of serious side effects or irritation [R].

5. Resveratrol

Resveratrol is high in grape skin, as grapes produce resveratrol in defense against toxins and parasites. It is also found in various berries, peanuts, soy, and “Itadori tea” made from Japanese Knotweed [R].

Topical resveratrol is an effective treatment for acne. It inhibits P. acnes bacteria (through phytoalexin exhibiting activity) and acts as a potent anti-inflammatory [R].

We strongly advise you to have regular check-ups with your doctor and lab tests (blood, kidney, and liver) at least once every six months if you decide to take any oral herbal medicine or supplements mentioned in the list for long-term.

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