Seaweed-based face wash could be an effective cure for acne as researchers have claimed that that an active ingredient from brown seaweed can cut spots by nearly two thirds.
A new clinical trial of treatments containing the ingredient showed that the number of spots fell by 64 per cent whereas blackheads were cut down by 60 per cent just after eight weeks.
The trial is the first cosmetics clinical study for acne, which got published in an official dermatology journal.
The study investigated products from a wide range of ‘OXY’ treatments using the active compound called Phycosaccharide ACP.
In a trial of 60 young men aged between 14 to 21 years with mild acne, half used seaweed-based skin wash and balm, while the others used dummy products that did not contain the active ingredient.
At the end of the trial, after eight weeks, both groups of teenagers showed a reduction in inflammatory spots and comedones (blackheads and whiteheads)
The trial found that ‘OXY’ products were significantly more effective than a dummy face wash, scrub or gel.
The study claimed that acne is an age-old problem for teenagers but help could be at hand from an unlikely source.
The Seaweed has been found to contain a powerful active ingredient that could help to beat acne.
The active ingredient is extracted out of the brown seaweed ‘Laminaria digitata’, which is found only off the coast of Brittany, France.
Dr Gill Jenkins, a GP with a special interest in acne, revealed that the combination of seaweed extract and zinc directly affected the formation of spots rather than the oil-producing sebaceous glands.
“The zinc-oligosaccharide complex used in this study produced a significant reduction in mild acne compared with control without causing irritation,” she said.
“As a result of this study, I would suggest that for many people with mild acne, opting for these OXY products could be beneficial since they have been clinically proven,” she added.