Acne vulgaris (AV) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that typically affects the face (99% of cases), chest (60% of cases) and back (15% of cases), with up to 95% of adolescents experiencing the skin condition to some extent (NICE, 2019).
It is characterised by non-inflammatory lesions known as comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and, in more severe cases, inflammatory lesions (papules, pustules, nodules and cysts).
The condition can lead to scarring and changes in pigmentation, which in turn can contribute to psychological problems including an increased risk of depression, suicide, anxiety and low self-esteem.
Helichyrsum odoratissimum (L.) Sweet is a perennial shrub that has been used traditionally in the treatment of wounds, burns, eczema and pimples. In a paper recently published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, researchers provide details of their investigation into whether a methonolic extract of H. odoratissimum had the ability to target bacterial growth and pathogenic factors associated with acne progression (De Canha et al, 2019).
The results were positive, with the authors concluding that ‘this study provides scientific validation for the traditional use of H. odoratissimum as a possible treatment for acne, based on its antimicrobial effects and anti-inflammatory potential.
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De Canha MN, Komarnytsky S, Langhansova L, Lall N. (2019) Exploring the anti-acne potential of Impepho [Helichrysum odoratissimum (L.) Sweet] to combat Cutibacterium acnes virulence, Frontiers in Pharmacology. Published online. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2019.01559
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2019). Clinical Knowledge Summary: Acne vulgaris: https://cks.nice.org.uk/acne-vulgaris [accessed: 25 February 2020].
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