A year ago, a new version of the widely used acne drug, Herbalife, was released.
Now, a whole new crop of herbs are on the market, and it’s not just a matter of being able to buy the ingredients.
A new crop can be used to treat or prevent the condition itself.
And for the most part, it’s working, at least for some people.
“We know that the main ingredient of Herbalspell, Dextrose, is actually quite powerful and has been shown to be effective against acne in mice,” said Sarah J. Smith, Ph.
D., a professor of dermatology and dermatology at the University of Washington.
“The only way to really do a real test on that is to test the effectiveness of a particular herb.
We know that it works.
It is safe.
And we also know that in a study in mice, it has the ability to decrease inflammation and improve skin barrier function.”
But what about those with eczema, psoriasis, and other conditions that can cause dry skin?
Smith says she’s found the same benefit with herbal medicines, but there’s some question as to whether those treatments can help people with dry skin.
For example, Chenapine is a powerful acne treatment that is often prescribed to people with psorosis, as well as other conditions.
“But we also have an issue of a lot of people being prescribed it for dry skin, and there is actually a small number of studies that actually show that the effects of Chenapine may be very similar to those of herbal drugs,” Smith said.
“There’s no data that shows that Chenapines effect is similar to other anti-acne treatments,” Smith added.
So how is it possible for an herbal remedy to be able to reduce dry skin in people who aren’t taking anti-aging products?
It’s actually pretty simple.
“We know from clinical trials that certain herbs and other plants can work together to help with inflammation,” Smith explained.
“So, for example, if you’re looking at some of the herbals for acne, for psoraceus, or for eczemas, you can actually take a dose of those and get an effect that works better than you’d get from anti-inflammatory drugs.”
In one study, researchers at the New York University School of Medicine tested the effects on skin barrier integrity of a herbal drug that was given to people taking a common anti-inflammation medication.
“In fact, the people who were given the herbal-derived treatment were actually significantly less likely to develop dry patches than people who weren’t taking the anti-inflamed medication,” Smith told TechCrunch.
“So, it may be that the herb, as it stands, is doing its job and preventing dry patches,” Smith concluded.
But is this a miracle?
“It’s difficult to say,” Smith admitted.
Smith and her colleagues are now testing whether this particular herb actually works to treat dry patches in people with eczoas.
They’ve found that, in some cases, it actually can help.
But for others, the herbs don’t work.
“For the vast majority of people, I think it would be too early to say that the results from this study have been replicated, but the next step would be to do a large trial of this,” Smith noted.
“It’s still early in the research to tell if these herbs work,” she said.
“It could be that it’s the same effect for people who already have eczas, for people with other conditions, and people who have psorias.”
And if this work is true, it could have huge implications for the future of anti-inflammatory drugs.
“The question we have to answer is whether it’s a matter just of a person taking a particular treatment, or whether there are other conditions where they can use these herbs to help them,” Smith continued.
“One of the things that’s so exciting about this is that we know that people who are on these drugs, who are taking these medications, are not having adverse effects on their skin.”
Smith’s research team is currently testing the effects in people in Germany.
They plan to conduct further studies with patients in Europe, China, the United States, Australia, and elsewhere.
“This is a promising area,” Smith cautioned.
“What we want to do is do this as widely as possible.
We don’t want to just do this in a single population, but to try and do a lot more studies with different populations.”
Smith believes that this study is the first step in a long, long, and interesting story.