Can Resveratrol Prevent Acne and Help Future Breakouts?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs because of over-productive oil glands in your skin. Acne usually affects people in their teens to late 20s, however it can occur from childhood to any age.

Your skin produces natural oils to protect and lubricate itself, but when there is too much oil, bacteria interacts with the oil and gets trapped in blocked oil ducts. This causes pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads on the surface of the skin and can sometimes result in deeper skin lesions that are called cysts.

Many people erroneously believe that eating fried foods or chocolate or any number of other foods will cause acne but this simply isn’t true. While eating the right foods and drinking enough liquids will make you healthier, even the healthiest diet regimen can’t prevent acne breakouts, especially among teens.

Treatments for acne today vary from prescription medication, over-the-counter (OTC) and home remedies. A surprising and exciting natural cure for acne has been reported by researchers in England at Oxford University.

Benefits of Using Resveratrol to Treat Acne

Clinical studies done at Oxford University in England discovered that Resveratrol is a better cure for acne than Benzoil Peroxide. What the results indicate is that all strains of bacteria that cause acne get killed off at the right dosage of Resveratrol without the dangers or side effects from Benzoil Peroxide, a common ingredient in acne treatments.

What most people don’t know about Benzoyl Peroxide is that it has been proven to cause tumors in the skin with prolonged use. The ingredient also generates large quantities of free radicals within the skin which leads to premature aging and deep wrinkling over the years.

The study stated that, “The effects of the anti-inflammatory drug resveratrol were tested on three strains of P. acnes. The results showed that resveratrol inhibited P. acnes and was bactericidal at the highest concentration tested. The results also demonstrated that the bacterium with the fastest generation time was more susceptible to the inhibitory effects of resveratrol than those with slower generation times. When compared with commonly used treatments of acne vulgaris, erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide, resveratrol compared quite favorably.”

Resveratrol has many health and curative properties that combined give it some amazing abilities for anti-aging, anti-cancer, and more. But for acne, the topical application cream has proven to be more effective than today’s leading medication, Benzoil Peroxide.

Resveratrol acts as an anti-biotic within the skin, blocking the formation of and removing existing bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Once the bacteria production is eliminated, Resveratrol stops future out breaks and its rejuvenation properties helps heal breakouts at the source. Because Resveratrol is also an anti-inflammatory, topical application of the cream will also help sooth the red and inflamed areas of the skin.


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About Corina Wilson

is a home remedy expert and health and nutrition advocate of consuming nutrient dense whole foods, using herbs, nutritional supplements and using plain old common sense in order to live a long and healthy life.