According to a new study, the fatty acids inhibited the growth of the bacterium at concentrations similar to other acne treatments like benzoylperoxide and salicylic acid.
Natural Health News Scottish scientists have discovered an unlikely treatment for acne marine algae.
Research by marine scientists at Stirling Universitys internationally renowned Institute of Aquaculture, and published in the journal Marine Drugs, has revealed the medicinal qualities of certain fatty acids including some produced by algae.
These fatty acids prevent the growth of Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium which causes the common skin condition.
The bacteria naturally present in the fatty acids, said lead author Dr. Andrew Desbois, has a drying action similar to benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid both of which help treat acne.
Fatty acids are present naturally on our skin to defend us against unwanted bacteria so applying more would boost our existing defences he added.
Acne bacteria is becoming resistant to drugs
New treatment options for acne are being sought as current drugs may cause side effects on the skin and bacterial resistance is making them less effective.
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