We’ve heard of many ingredients that promise to do wonders for acne. A popular one is salicylic acid, an anti-inflammatory and exfoliating ingredient often found in acne-fighting skincare to cleanse and calm skin. Another is benzoyl peroxide which has anti-bacterial and drying actions.
While these ingredients are good at what they do, research has also found that certain acne bacteria can eject anti-bacterial topical treatments from pores — in its own defense to continue surviving in and disrupting the natural order of our skin.
This is a problem because acne is not a surface issue. It starts deep within our pores, in the sebaceous gland.
But there is one ingredient that could be the knight in shining, or maybe, green armor you need — that’s thyme.
This humble herb, often used in Western cooking, is part of the mint family. Its essential oils have been used in aromatherapy, mouthwashes and ointments because of its anti-bacterial, anti-rheumatic and calming properties.
It’s these very properties that have made skin scientists sit up and take notice of thyme and how to include it in skincare products to treat and prevent acne outbreaks.
But wouldn’t thyme be ejected out of skin, just like any other anti-bacterial ingredient? Surprisingly, no.
Scientists have found a way to extract an important component of thyme that can lock itself deep into pores, where acne starts. The ingredient you should be looking out for is thymol.
Thymol blocks acne bacteria from acting, allowing thyme to work its cleansing and calming magic. Skincare with thymol has been clinically proven to reduce acne in three days, which is a pretty big promise, and worth a try.
For added effectiveness, choose a thymol-based leave-on clearing gel, and you’ll soon be on your way to clearer skin.