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THE PHARMA REVIEW (SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2010)

Survey on Emerging Medicinal Plants Showing Activity Against Acne

Amit K. Sachan, Deepika Bhatt, Sanjay Jain

Abstract
Propionibacterium acnes, a usual inhabitant of human skin, plays an important role in the acne development and thus, involved in the degradation of host skin cells. Various topical therapies like comedolytic or anti-inflammatory agents along with antimicrobials are generally recommended for the topical management of Acne vulgaris in patients with non-inflammatory comedones and mild to moderate inflammatory acnes. But the available drugs for topical and systemic management of acnes have shown specific limitations. In the past few decades, many reports have been documented as emergence of antibiotic resistance for P. acnes alongwith various short- and long-term adverse effects. To overcome the potential risk of adverse effects and antibiotic resistance, traditional herbal medicines have been extensively studied as alternative treatment for acne. In the same vein, the potential use of herbal medicines as new skin-care cosmetics has been emphasized recently. Many plant species are known in folklore medicines of different cultures possessing anti-acne properties. Some of the herbal plants are been mentioned here which are widely used in traditional to treat acnes.

  

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