Research by Leeds Metropolitan University has shown that the herb may be better at treating spots than expensive creams, gels and lotions, including some that are available on prescription.
It may also be kinder to the skin and, unlike these powerful peroxide-based treatments, it would not leave irritating bleach marks on pillow cases and clothes.
The researchers prepared tinctures of thyme by steeping the herb in alcohol for days or weeks, a process that draws out the active compounds from the plant. They then added billions of the acne-causing bacterium Propionibacterium acnes to the tincture and gave it five minutes to take effect.
Comparing the effects against two other acne tinctures of Marigold and myrrh that are already on the market, it was found that Thyme was the most effective, killing around 100,000 bacteria per ml – or half a million per teaspoonful.
It was also found to be slightly more effective than benzoyl peroxide found in prescription creams. An ingredient that has side-effects such as burning sensation and skin irritations.
Researcher Dr Margarita Gomez-Escalada said:
“Herbal preparations are less harsh on the skin due to their anti-inflammatory properties, while our results suggest they can be just as, if not more, effective than chemical treatments.”
Dr Walton, a consultant dermatologist at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
“There is always a need for better treatments for acne, particularly ones you can use without causing any side-effects.”
For those who want to tackle acne before it appears then help: clear skin is the perfect solution it works by inhibiting the growth of the propionibacterium, thereby lessening the number of new skin irritants forming. Secondly its anti-inflammatory properties mean that the size of blemishes is reduced and blemishes heal quicker resulting in a smoother complexion. Take a look at the clinical study images on our website to see just how effective it can be