Treating Acne With Marine Algae

Marine algae found effective in treating acne

This article goes out for all the women (men too) who are often troubled with ace problem and look for all the possible remedies to get rid off them. Researchers has found an answer to such acne problems. Researchers from University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, discovered that the fatty acid produced from the marine algae, posses cleansing effects and therefore could cure acnes. 

Fatty acid produced by the marine algae has been found to slay or inhibit the growth of bacteria causing common skin acne called Propionibacterium acnes. These fatty acid are said to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. As Dr Andrew Desbois, a marine biotechnology lecturer said

Fatty acids are present naturally on our skin to defend us against unwanted bacteria’ – so applying more would boost our existing defences.

The fatty acids were found to suppress bacterial development at concentrations identical to alternative acne medication like benzoylperoxide and salicylic acid.

Researchers has found in total six types of fatty acid that can effectively fight acne. These take into account omega-3 fatty acid, omega-6 fatty acid found in plants oil like flax-seed oil and berry oil to name a few. And eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) generated by marine algae, which gets setteled in fish like salmon following the food chain and dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) generated by brown algae. We can thus include these essential fatty acid in our diet too by eating salmon or seaweeds.

However, the researchers are now trying to formulate an ointment with these fatty acid for treating acne and ultimately replacing the traditional drug which are used in acne treatment. The drug used now to treat acne is known to have side effects and slowly the bacteria are establishing resistance to these drugs. With this new skin lotion, which is under testing stage, very soon we will be able to treat our acne without any lasting scar to tell our acne story.

Source: Parent Herald

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