Thyme tinctures may be more effective at destroying blemish-causing bacteria than benzyl peroxide, the active ingredient in many anti-acne face washes and treatments, according to researchers from Britain's Leeds Metropolitan University.
In the laboratory study, the scientists examined the effect of different herbal tinctures, including thyme and marigold, on the bacteria that causes acne. They discovered that thyme destroyed the most bacteria—even more powerful than the standard concentration of benzyl peroxide.
Want to clear up your complexion naturally? Consider the following options...
1. Brittanie's Thyme Organic Blemish Toner ($9) This spot treatment is made with witch hazel, tea tree, and lavender oils.
2. Kiss My Face Rough Thyme Shower & Bath Gel ($11) Made with jojoba wax beads, this wash exfoliates as it deep-cleans.
3. Pangea Organics Argentinean Tangerine & Thyme Facial Toner ($26) Mist this toner in the morning and evening to clear up your complexion.
Want a DIY option? Whip up your own fennel, thyme, and lemon cleanser with this simple recipe.