Skin is like a mirror image of our internal health. Beautiful glowing skin indicates proper care, hydrated and a healthy Acne diet. Usually oxidative, poor nutrition, improper diet, stress, oxidative skin, certain medication i.e. corticosteroids, androgens, birth control pills and lithium may also play part to worsen Acne and hormonal imbalances usually result in whiteheads, blackheads and other pimples
Basically Acne is a common disease nowadays describe by pimples on the face, chest, thighs and back. According to the latest survey it has affected nearly 17 million people in the United States. Whereas, Acne has no specific age, it usually appears at age of puberty and sometimes worsens during adolescences. Practically 85% of the population suffers Acne sometime between 12 – 25 years. In 20% women develop mild Acne.

The reason for pimples is when the skin becomes clogged with oil, bacteria and dead skin. The sebaceous gland which lies just beneath the skin’s surface, an oil is produce called sebum. These follicles are known as sebaceous follicles. They enter in to our skin through pores. During the puberty age, androgens (male hormones) levels increases, which cause the gland to produce excessive sebum.

Severe inflammatory kinds of Acne usually result after the block follicle is occupied by Propionibacterium Acnes. It takes a form of a pimple as soon the damaged follicle weakens and bursts open, results in to sebum bacteria. The inflamed pimples near the skin surroundings are called papules, while the pimples which are deeper are known as pustules.
There are two forms of Acne one are the mild ones, while the other are severe. The most severe type of Acne consists of cysts (closed sacs). It becomes scarier when new cells are laid below in order to replace the damage ones.

According to an ongoing review published in the Archives of Dermatological Research by Acne Clinic, in which 82 patients suffering with Acne vulgaris were divided in to 5 different groups. In which 4 different Ayurvedic treatment were on oral prescription for 6 weeks, whereas, one group was giving placebo. Both and physical and medical experiments were carried out with 2 weeks interval. When compared with the placebo and the other Ayurvedic formulation, which resulted to be unsuccessful, instead a significant reduction in lesion count was recorded in patients receiving Sunder Vati.
A well know Dermatological expert Dr. Angelika Maria Koch shared her case study at http://www.nourishdoc.com, an evidence and outcomes based website focused on Integrative medicine. She treated a patient who had hormonal imbalance which resulted in facial Acne vulgaris. The symptoms she suffered were drained and also undergo mood swings due to irregular menstrual cycle. The treatment provided were Homeopathy and natural supplements and the time allotted for the therapy was around 4-6 months.
Another Dermatological Research published looked at the effectiveness of Thai basil oils and their micro emulsions for Acne. An agar disc dispersal technique was employed for screening antimicrobial activity of the essential oils of Ocimum basilicum L. (sweet basil), Ocimum sanctum L. (holy basil) and Ocimum americanum L. (hoary basil) in opposition to P. Acnes. A least amount of inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of the basil were using agar dilution assay. The results obtained clearly indicate that the MIC values of both the holy and sweet basil oil were 3.0% and 2.0% v/v.
While hoary basil oil failed to show any activity. Gas Chromatography – mass spectrometry study discovered that mrthyl chavicol (93.0%) was the huge amount in sweet basil oil, and eugenoll (40.5%), gamma-caryophyllene (23.7%) plus methyl eugenol (11.8%) were main compounds in holy basil oil. Hoary basil oil includes maximum amount of geraniol (32.0%) and neral (27.2%) and minimum amount of methyl chavicol (0.8%). MIC values were formulated by corresponding oil in water (o/w) micro emulsion of individual basil oil with concentrations.a constant o/w micro emulsion system for basil oil consisted of 55.0% v/v water phase, 10.0 v/v oil phase (2.0 or 3.0% v/v sweet basil or 3.0% holy basil oil plus 7.0% v/v isopropy; myristate), 29.2% v/v polysorbate 80 and 5.8% v/v 1,2 propylene glycol. Hydroxyethycellulose at a concentration of 0.5% w/v was used as means to thicken.

According to the disc dispersal assay, the formulation that contains sweet basil oil exhibited higher activity against p. Acnes that contained holy basil oil, and the thickened formulations tended to produce higher activity against P. than the Acnes than the non thickened formulations. The ready micro emulsions were ready after it passed the test by a heat cool cycling method which continued 5 days.
The above research specifies the possibility to use Thai sweet and holy basil oil is appropriate formulations for Acne affected skin. Integrative medicine has come a long way to help treat non-critical medical conditions as illustrated in this article.