Skin is another hot button topic for us here at Hope for Health. There is soooo much hidden information out there about EASY ways to have clear, healthy skin that we could go on and on for days (and eventually will).

For now, we’re going to focus on a cool study that shows you don’t have to buy expensive, chemical-filled products to treat acne breakouts. All you need is a little thyme.

(We laugh at our own puns sometimes, and this is definitely one of those cases.)

Back in 2012, research popped up at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Dublin suggesting herbal preparations of the herb, thyme, could be more (yes, more!) effective in killing acne bacteria than many prescription creams and topicals.herbs-2

“The plant material is steeped in alcohol for days or even weeks to prepare a tincture, said lead researcher Dr. Margarita Gomez-Escalada. “This process draws out the active compounds from the plant. While thyme, marigold and myrrh are common herbal alternatives to standard antibacterial skin washes, this is the first study to demonstrate the effect they have on the bacterium that causes the infection leading to acne.”

Does that mean you should run out, buy some thyme, and try this at home? Probably not. If you’re an experienced and skilled herbalist, however, you know better than we do.

What it does mean is all you folks who love natural products should keep an eye out for thyme acne concoctions from reputable places. They may just be legit.