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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