Acne research studies for holistic treatments

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of other holistic experts and patients alike. Many practitioners share their Case Studies and the healing powers of acne and related therapies
as they heal people who benefited from our expertise.

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The Nicomide Improvement in Clinical Outcomes Study (NICOS): results of an 8-week trial.

January 2006

The Nicomide Improvement in Clinical Outcomes Study (NICOS) was an open-label, multicenter, prospective cohort study designed to assess the clinical utility of oral pharmacologic doses of nicotinamide and zinc in 198 patients with acne vulgaris and/or rosacea. The study’s primary efficacy measures were patient global evaluation and patient evaluation of the percentage of reduction in inflammatory lesions after 4 and 8 weeks of treatment; overall patient satisfaction also was recorded. The study formulation consisted of nicotinamide 750 mg, zinc 25 mg, copper 1.5 mg, and folic acid 500 microg, marketed as Nicomide (Nic/Zn). Nic/Zn was designed to deliver adequate concentrations of nicotinamide and zinc to effectively treat inflammatory cutaneous conditions with a safety profile suitable for long-term administration. After a relatively short treatment period of 4 weeks, the number of patients enrolled in NICOS who reported improvement was significantly greater (P50% reduction in lesions) improvement after 4 weeks of treatment (P

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Anti-acne-inducing bacterial activity of mangosteen fruit rind extracts.

January 2010

The aims of this study were to determine the most effective solvent extract of mangosteen, anti-acne- inducing bacterial activity and the amount of alpha-mangostin, a major active component in each mangosteen fruit rind extract, using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). MATERIALS AND
The fruit rinds of mangosteen were extracted with hexane, dichloromethane, ethanol and water. The extracts were tested for antibacterial activity against bacteria that induce acne, including Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis. Thin-layer chromatographic autobiography against these bacteria was also performed for each extract, while the alpha-mangostin content was analyzed using a validated HPLC method.
The dichloromethane extract exhibited the strongest antibacterial effect with minimum inhibitory concentration values for both bacterial species at 3.91 microg/ml, while the minimum bactericidal concentration values against P. acnes and S. epidermidis were 3.91 and 15.63 microg/ml, respectively. Thin-layer chromatographic autobiography indicated that alpha-mangostin was present in all extracts, except the water extract, and is a major active component against both P. acnes and S. epidermidis. Using HPLC, the dichloromethane extract yielded the highest content (46.21% w/w) of alpha-mangostin followed by the ethanol extract (18.03% w/w), the hexane extract (17.21% w/w) and the water extract (0.54% w/w). CONCLUSIONS: Dichloromethane extract exhibited the strongest anti-acne-inducing bacterial effect and this extract yielded the highest amount of alpha-mangostin.

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Free radical scavenging and anti-acne activities of mangosteen fruit rind extracts prepared by different extraction methods.

February 2010

The ethanol extracts of mangosteen fruit rinds prepared by several extraction methods were examined for their contents of bioactive compounds, DPPH-scavenging activity, and anti-acne producing bacteria against Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis. The dried powder of the fruit rind was extracted with 95% ethanol by maceration, percolation, Soxhlet extraction, ultrasonic extraction, and extraction using a magnetic stirrer. Soxhlet extraction promoted the maximum contents of crude extract (26.60% dry weight) and alpha-mangostin (13.51%, w/w of crude extract), and also gave the highest anti-acne activity with MIC 7.81 and 15.63 microg/mL and MBC 15.53 and 31.25 microg/mL against P. acnes and S. epidermidis, respectively. Ethanol 70% and 50% (v/v) were also compared in Soxhlet extraction. Ethanol 50% promoted the extract with maximum amounts of total phenolic compounds (26.96 g gallic acid equivalents/100 g extract) and total tannins (46.83 g tannic acid equivalents/100 g extract), and also exhibited the most effective DPPH-scavenging activity (EC(50) 12.84 microg/mL). Considering various factors involved in the process, Soxhlet extraction carried a low cost in terms of reagents and extraction time. It appears to be the recommended extraction method for mangosteen fruit rind. Ethanol 50% should be the appropriate solvent for extracting free radical-scavenging components, phenolic compounds, and tannins, while 95% ethanol is recommended for extraction of alpha-mangostin, a major anti-acne component from this plant.

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/ title=”Resveratrol-containing gel for the treatment of acne vulgaris: a single-blind, vehicle-controlled, pilot study.”>
Resveratrol-containing gel for the treatment of acne vulgaris: a single-blind, vehicle-controlled, pilot study.

April 2011

Acne vulgaris is a complex, chronic, and common skin disorder of pilosebaceous units. The major pathogenic factors involved are ductal hyperkeratinization, obstruction of sebaceous follicles resulting from abnormal keratinization of the infundibular epithelium, stimulation of sebaceous gland secretion by androgens, and microbial colonization of pilosebaceous units by Propionibacterium acnes, which promotes perifollicular inflammation. Aim: The aim of the study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of resveratrol, a natural phytoalexin produced by some spermatophytes, such as grapes and other plants, on acneic skin.
Resveratrol was incorporated in a carboxymethylcellulose-based gel. The chemical stability of resveratrol after storage at 4°C for 30 days was investigated by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The resveratrol-containing hydrogel was administered to 20 patients affected by acne vulgaris enrolled in this single-blind study. The resveratrol-containing formulation was applied daily as a solo treatment on the right side of the face for 60 days, while the hydrogel vehicle was applied to the left side of the face as a control. To objectively evaluate the results, a digital photographic database was used to collect images. The number and type of lesions were recorded for each patient, to compare the Global Acne Grading System (GAGS) score before treatment with that obtained at the end of the study. Moreover, with the innovative technique of follicular biopsy, areas of acneic skin were prepared for histopathology. The average area occupied by microcomedones at baseline was compared with that at the end of treatment.
HPLC analysis demonstrated that resveratrol, upon incorporation into the gel, did not convert to its cis-isomer when stored at 4°C for 30 days. All patients were satisfied with the active treatment and none experienced adverse effects. Clinical evaluation showed a 53.75% meanreduction in the GAGS score on the resveratrol-treated sides of the face compared with 6.10% on the vehicle-treated sides of the face. These data were supported by histologic analysis, which showed a 66.7% mean reduction in the average area of microcomedones on the resveratrol-treated sides of the face. The comparison with the vehicle-treated side of the face (9.7% reduction) showed a clinically relevant and statistically significant decrease of lesions in areas treated with resveratrol-containing hydrogel.
This pilot study showed positive results for resveratrol gel in acne, and should be considered a valid starting point for further testing of the effectiveness of this molecule in different concentrations and formulations and in a larger group of patients.

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Low doses of zinc gluconate for inflammatory acne.

January 1989

The effect of zinc on acne is unclear. In this study, only patients with an inflammatory acne were included in a double-blind trial using low doses of zinc gluconate (200 mg/day, corresponding to 30 mg zinc metal). We obtained a significantly different result between zinc and placebo groups in the inflammatory score (p less than 0.02). This efficiency could be explained by the action of zinc on inflammatory cells, especially granulocytes.

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The efficacy of topical 2% green tea lotion in mild-to-moderate acne vulgaris.

April 2009

Botanical extracts and preparations have been used in different pathological conditions with success. An important group of phytochemical phenolic compounds are the catechins found in green tea. Acne is a widely occurring inflammatory condition that is estimated to affect 40 to 50 million Americans. Finding an effective, safe, cost-effective and well-tolerated treatment is the challenge. OBJECTIVE:
To determine the efficacy of 2% green tea lotion in mild-to-moderate acne vulgaris.
Twenty patients fulfilling enrolment criteria were included. Green tea was given and applied twice daily for a period of 6 weeks. The patients were seen every 2 weeks to evaluate the lesions and any side effects. To determine efficacy on acne severity, the authors used both total lesion count (TLC) and their devised severity index (SI). Total lesions count (TLC) was calculated as papules + pustules while SI was scaled with numbers (1, 2 or 3) correlating to TLC in order of increasing intensity. TLC20 was given an SI of 3.
The mean total lesion count (TLC) decreased from 24 before the treatment to 10 after 6 weeks after treatment, a reduction of 58.33%. The difference was statistically significant (P

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