It is a problem that has always plagued teenagers but seaweed could finally put an end to acne woes, according to a clinical study.
An active ingredient from brown seaweed found only off the coast of Brittany, France, can cut spots by nearly two thirds. A new clinical trial of treatments containing the ingredient showed the number of spots fell by 64 per cent and blackheads by 60 per cent after just eight weeks.
In a trial of 60 young men aged 14 to 21 years with mild acne, half used seaweed-based skin wash and balm, while the others used dummy products that did not contain the active ingredient.
The seaweed-based skin wash cut the number of spots and problems areas as well as curbing inflammation and redness with improvement showing with 14 days.
At the end of the trial, after eight weeks, both groups of teenagers showed a reduction in inflammatory spots and comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) But the effects were more statistically significant in the seaweed group at two weeks, four weeks and eight weeks.
However lactoferrin, the active ingredient in help: clear skin, is also clinically proven to help with acne in both males and females and works within 4-6 weeks.
Lactoferrin is a natural ingredient which is ingested as opposed to topical. It has antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are key in the fight against acne (acne vulgaris). It works by inhibiting the development of the bacteria that cause blemishes and reducing the inflammation associated with existing blemishes.
The effects of Lactoferrin have been proven in medical trials, showing a median decrease in blemishes by 71% within one month and 95% within two months. In the studies, subjects took 200mg of Lactoferrin each day to achieve a noticeable difference in the texture of their skin.
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Unfortunately there is currently no cure for acne. However using help: clear skin or topical lotions as part of your skincare treatment will help in your fight against spots.