There are many different treatment options for acne.
The most common involve harsh abrasives, chemicals, and antibiotics. Abrasives and chemicals can cause skin irritation in some people that makes them less than ideal for everyday use, and antibiotics can cause severe stomach discomfort and drug-resistant strains of bacteria.
While they're all potential options for acne, many try to go a more natural route. One proposed treatment is Grape Seed for acne, both in supplement form and in lotion/oil form.
What is Grape Seed?
As the name implies, grape seed is the seed of pressed grapes. Generally, the supposedly beneficial components of grape seed are extracted from the seed itself, often by crushing the grapes and removing any oils that come out as a result.
Studies have shown that grape seed has a high concentration of several important minerals, including flavonoids, vitamin E, and lineolic acid.
Many herbal medicine supporters have linked some of the qualities of grape seed with potential health benefits. For example, some believe that extract from the seeds may protect teeth from sugar damage, and that some of the antioxidants may protect against certain types of cancer.
Studies have not yet shown any significant side effects of taking grape seed, either in the short or long term. However, it should be noted that no longitudinal studies have tested grape seed as a long term supplement.
Linoleic Acid and Acne
The linoleic acid found in grape seed oil helps protect the collagen and elastin found in the skin cell membranes. A Harvard Medical School publication, HEALTHbeat, explains linoleic acid serves as an emollient, or an agent that smooths the skin, and fills in the spaces between skin cells. Emollients can contribute to clearing up acne-prone skin. So, using skincare products containing grape seed oil can prove effective in keeping skin looking younger and firmer. Linoleic acid also has exfoliating properties, which is extremely important for spot prone skin types. Research studies have shown daily application of linoleic acid over a month helped to reduce spot size and incidence by 25%,
Antioxidants, Antihistamines and Acne
Antioxidants, found naturally in many foods, are all-around helpful to and healthy for the body. When it comes to skin, the antioxidants found in grape seed oil OPCs help neutralize the free radicals in our bodies. This can help clear acne. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory properties of the OPCs can also effectively prevent breakouts. These also prevent the aging process, not only helping clear acne, but also keeping skin looking younger.