Resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from grapes and found in wine, can inhibit growth of the bacteria that causes acne, a new research shows.
Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) also found that combining resveratrol with a common acne medication – benzoyl peroxide – may enhance the drug’s ability to kill the bacteria and could translate into new treatments.
The team grew colonies of the bacteria that causes acne and then added various concentrations of resveratrol and benzoyl peroxide, both alone and together.
The researchers monitored the cultures for bacterial growth or killing for 10 days.
Surprisingly, the two compounds together proved the most effective in reducing bacteria count.
“It was like combining the best of both worlds and offering a two-pronged attack on the bacteria,” added senior study author Jenny Kim, professor of clinical medicine in the division of dermatology, UCLA.
“We hope that our findings lead to a new class of acne therapies that centre on antioxidants such as resveratrol,” researchers concluded.