About Organic Acne Medicines

By Emily Patterson

  • Overview

    Organic acne medicines are becoming more popular with the current trend of using natural alternatives for acne control. Many people are hesitant to choose natural alternatives to chemicals and antibiotics because they are not aware that scientific research has been done on ingredients in these preparations to control acne. Two ingredients have been researched and have demonstrated the ability to control acne.
  • Facts

    Organic acne medicines are made with essential oils such as tea tree or rosemary that have been shown in scientific studies to control acne caused by p. acnes and p. vulgaris.
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil

    Tea tree essential oil has been scientifically studied and shown to control the most common bacteria associated with acne. In the study "The efficacy of 5% topical tea tree oil gel in mild to moderate acne vulgaris: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study," it was concluded that "Topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris."

  • Rosemary Essential Oil

    Rosemary essential oil has also been studied and shown to control acne caused by bacteria. In the study "Investigation of antibacterial activity of rosemary essential oil against Propionibacterium acnes with atomic force microscopy," it was demonstrated that bacteria associated with acne that was treated with rosemary essential oil "...lost their native shape, the cell wall desquamated, and the cytoplasm leaked out of the bacterial body, finally leading to bacterial death."
  • Types

    Organic acne medicines are available as soaps, lotions, creams, facial scrubs and masks. These preparations can be used on any area of the skin with an acne outbreak.
  • Considerations

    Tea tree and rosemary essential oils can cause an allergic reaction. Always test any new acne preparation on a small area of skin before using on a broader area. If you have an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in an acne preparation, discontinue use.
  • Warning

    Use all acne preparations according to package directions. Do not mix acne preparations as serious skin inflammation can result.
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