Those red bumps and pus-filled lesions commonly associated with teenage years are unfortunately a common skin condition in adults as well.253 Adding insult to injury, people with darker skin tones (Fitzpatrick skin types III-V) are more likely to experience hyperpigmentation after inflammatory acne clears up.17 But recent scientific research involving a topical form of resveratrol may have found a natural solution from a plant used in traditional Ayurveda medicine to treat skin diseases (e.g., psoriasis and fungal infections) to this unappealing and stressful condition.17
Called bakuchiol cream, this patented form of resveratrol developed from babchi plant seeds was recently tested in a clinical setting on 13 patients with facial acne. Over the course of the 16-week study over 50% of the patients had more than a 35% reduction in inflammatory pimples, and 39% of participants reduced non-inflammatory lesions by the same amount. In all, three of the thirteen patients experienced over 35% reduction in total pimple count.17
Perhaps even more exciting was that the resveratrol cream significantly reduced the incidence of post-acne hyperpigmentation. While prior to the study only one of the patients had no significant post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, use of the cream healed the inflammatory acne lesions with little or no discoloration in five of the thirteen participants.17
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