A recent Italian study published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, tested the benefits of Resveratrol for treating acne. Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant found in the seed and skin of red grapes (it’s also present in red wine). Resveratrol reduces inflammation, kills the bacteria that cause acne and prevents abnormal growth of skin cells which can clog pores.
The resveratrol-containing formulation was applied to the right side of the face of each participant for 60 days. 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 and after the study and other baseline data were collected before and after the study to measure the results of the treatment.
All test patients were satisfied with the active treatment and none experienced adverse effects. After the 60-day trial, clinical evaluation showed:
- 53.75% reduction in the GAGS score on the resveratrol-treated side of the face compared with 6.10 percent on the untreated, right side of the face.
- 66.7% reduction in the average area of microcomedones on the resveratrol-treated sides of the face. A microcomedone is the smallest form of an acne lesion, it is the very beginning of a pore blockage. It cannot be seen with the naked eye.
While there are no resveratrol-based acne treatments or products currently available, researchers said resveratrol 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.
In the meantime, resveratrol is available in several anti-aging creams that have proven effective – it’s only a matter of time before researchers find other amazing uses for this most powerful of antioxidants.
By the way, before you rush to open that bottle of wine – applying red wine directly to the skin will not help improve your acne – all it will do is stain your skin. There are, however, some home remedies you can try using red wine – read our article on red wine and skincare to find out more.