Study Shows that Resveratrol Inhibits Acne Bacteria

Young woman with acne

Resveralife came across a study that was published in the Dermatology and Therapy Journal in the year 2014. The study was conducted by a group of researchers working for the UCLA and it discovered that resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes, can help in inhibiting the growth of bacteria that leads to acne. Resveratrol has also been prescribed by specialists because of its skin benefits and heart-health properties.

The researchers discovered that combining benzoyl peroxide (a common acne medication) with resveratrol substantially enhanced the drug’s effectiveness in killing the acne bacteria and also inhibits its growth. Resveratrol is an excellent antioxidant that prevents the cell and tissue damage caused by free radicals. On the other hand, benzoyl peroxide is an oxidant that creates free radicals, which in turn kill the acne bacteria. According to the findings of this study, a combination of benzoyl peroxide and resveratrol attacked the Propionibacterium acnes (the acne causing bacteria) in multiple ways.

Millions of people are known to suffer from acne all over the world. The appearance of acne has a significant psychosocial effect on the person who suffers from it, but very limited progress has been made in terms of offering effective acne solutions. Researchers have mentioned that all current treatments like retinoids and benzoyl peroxide are limited by side effects and antibiotic resistance.

According to Dr. Emma Taylor, the first author of this study, the researchers initially believed that the combination of the two ingredients would cancel out because the two compounds are opposing. However, in reality, the study ended up demonstrating that combining an antioxidant with an oxidant can not only enhance both ingredients, but also offer sustained bacteria-fighting capabilities over a period of time.

As a part of the study, researchers grew colonies of acne causing bacteria and added different concentrations of both ingredients, including individual ingredient compositions. The cultures were monitored for bacterial activity for a period of 10 days. It was found that benzoyl peroxide killed the bacteria at all concentration levels, but the effect never lasted for more than 24 hours. Cultures that only had resveratrol showed inhibited bacteria growth for a longer period of time. However, cultures that had a combination of both ingredients proved to be the most effective in reducing bacteria both in terms of count and duration.

Dr. Jenny Kim, a senior author of the study, mentions that the results were almost like combining the best of different worlds to offer the body a two-pronged protection from the acne causing bacteria.

The researchers also tested both compounds for their toxicity on cultured human blood cells and skin cells. It was noted that resveratrol was less toxic than benzoyl peroxide. This explained the reasons why the skin becomes irritated and reddish when high doses of benzoyl peroxide are used to treat acne. Researchers noted that combining both compounds minimized their toxicity and offered a prolonged antibacterial effect on the acne causing bacteria.

These findings could actually lead to less irritating and more effective topical therapies for acne. The next step of this study is expected to involve more laboratory testings so as understand the mechanisms of both compounds better. Vine Vera believes that this study shows great promise for people suffering from acne issues because it could lead to the development of a number of highly effective treatments.

'Study Shows that Resveratrol Inhibits Acne Bacteria' have 28 comments

  1. August 8, 2015 @ 6:04 am Gabrielle

    I knew resveratrol was a beneficial ingredient in skincare, but I hadn’t known it was efficacious against acne before. Thanks for enlightening me.


  2. August 9, 2015 @ 2:28 am Linda Zukowski

    Now I understand why it is that, while other skin care products designed to reduce wrinkles and make your skin look and feel younger end up giving me acne, while the Vine Vera line does not! I tend to break out, even at the age of 53, with skin care products, but not with these. Great information .


  3. August 9, 2015 @ 5:59 pm Gina Ferrell

    Thanks for this article it was very helping with my daughter suffering with acne. Love all the view points and very interesting!!!


  4. August 10, 2015 @ 5:41 pm Erika Chilton

    I had no idea that resveratrol can help in inhibiting the growth of bacteria that leads to acne. Thank you for the information!


  5. August 10, 2015 @ 8:03 pm Neha Kaul

    Resveratrol is something I’ve been meaning to try for the longest time and now that it has been shown to be longer acting and less toxic than benzoyl peroxide, there is all the more reason to give it a whirl.


  6. August 10, 2015 @ 8:46 pm Tabby72

    I found it interesting that reservatrol is probably less toxic for our skin than benzoyl peroxide, so this might be promising for a new acne treatment!


  7. August 10, 2015 @ 10:29 pm Rhonda

    Nice to hear that resveratrol helps with acne. So many natural things from the earth beautify our skin and bodies. I’m just guessing, but I would think that since resveratrol comes from the skin of grapes, it may also help brighten and fade skin discolorations.


  8. August 10, 2015 @ 11:22 pm Janice Santillo

    I thought Resvesterol was used in anti-aging products. You learn something everyday.


  9. August 11, 2015 @ 10:56 am bexs

    This stuff is superb!


  10. August 11, 2015 @ 10:59 am Helena

    Great review!
    Really interesting!
    Thank you for sharing.


  11. August 11, 2015 @ 11:03 am Amy Lovell

    These sound great, I love how it is all natural and lists all ingredients


  12. August 11, 2015 @ 4:41 pm Sakshi B

    Resvesterol was so unknown to me! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  13. August 11, 2015 @ 11:27 pm Irina G.

    I didn’t know much about resvesterol.
    Thanks for the info!


  14. August 12, 2015 @ 8:29 am Nikolina

    Fighting acne for 5 years but never heard of this before, thank you!


  15. August 13, 2015 @ 4:51 am M.Clark

    The article says that resveratrol inhibited the growth of bacteria for longer than the benzoyl peroxide did, but the post doesn’t say how much longer. Was it a significantly longer period of time?


  16. August 13, 2015 @ 7:35 am Irina Stiles

    It’s always wonderful to know that there was a serious research done, and interesting new and uninspected conclusions made on what we know as a “fashionable” ingredient in cosmetics. Sounds exciting, but what’s best – believable.


  17. August 14, 2015 @ 2:30 am Gail Lindsey

    I had no idea that resveratrol helps to prevent acne. It will be interesting to see what further studies will reveal.


  18. August 14, 2015 @ 3:55 am robyn donnelly

    Reversatrol is been known for a lot of anti-aging benefits. I like the overall look it gives inside and out.


  19. August 14, 2015 @ 1:50 pm Kaye Newman

    I did not know Reversatrol helps to prevent acne. I have got to give this a try!


  20. August 14, 2015 @ 5:54 pm Carol Burgess

    I had no clue. So glad I found you and read your articles. Thank you


  21. August 15, 2015 @ 6:25 pm Renea

    Interesting. I love to try anything that can reverse the signs of aging or prevent the signs of aging.


  22. August 15, 2015 @ 7:48 pm Pam Flynn

    This leads to less irritating and more effective topical therapies for acne but I’m wondering if it wouldn’t help with aging skin as well?


  23. August 15, 2015 @ 9:47 pm Elizabeth H.

    Reversatrol is the best! I like how it makes me feel all over.


  24. August 16, 2015 @ 11:18 am JOanne Lowery

    As a woman, I care a great deal about my skin and we just can’t hide from bacteria in our daily lives. Therefore, I am very excited about the ingredient Reversatrol and the fact that it comes from nature in a compound found in the skin of red grapes and that it targets bacteria that causes acne. Additionally, combining it with benzoyl peroxide in just the right amount further enhances the killing effect of bacteria. As a sufferer of acne, I am aware and anticipate how this product could affect me emotionally for the better and am grateful for the opportunity to treat my skin to the best available product on the market. We all want great skin and this may just be my ticket to a big smile looking back at me in the mirror. Thanks.


  25. August 16, 2015 @ 3:38 pm melissa allen

    I have horrible skin, so this article is helpful!


  26. August 16, 2015 @ 6:07 pm Shauntea Crutcher

    I knew that Resveratrol was used in anti-aging products, but I wasn’t aware of its benefits that relate to treating acne. Very informative article.


  27. August 16, 2015 @ 6:35 pm Patsy

    Makes sense as wine doesn’t spoil due to bacterial action.Thanks!


  28. August 16, 2015 @ 9:04 pm Veronica Garrett

    Resveratrol sounds great. I wish i had known about it when I was younger.


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