I was asked the other day to look into treatments for blackheads and whiteheads and found that I had to kiss a lot of frogs. I have yet to find my prince, but I do like the look of Bion's Blackhead & Whitehead Controller. What appeals to me is the simplicity of its well-chosen natural ingredients.

Thyme is well-known as a DIY remedy for acne and its astringent properties are considered to be helpful in drying oily, blocked pores. But there is more to thyme than that. It is also a powerful antiseptic that was used to keep bandages clean in the days of yore and this is going to help keep acne-forming bacteria at bay. You might also like to know that it is an antioxidant.  A study on albino rats showed that thyme extract can prevent N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA)-induced oxidative stress. The principal constituent of thyme is a phenol called thymus. Interestingly, ajowan seeds (a staple spice in southern Indian cooking) are an even better source of thymus.

The great thing about the inclusion of burdock is that it is also an anti-ager. According to a German study: "a topical treatment with a natural A. lappa fruit extract significantly improves the metabolism of the dermal extracellular matrix and leads to a visible wrinkle reduction in vivo." Burdock stimulates collagen production and is an anti-inflammatory. For those with zits, or even acne, it helps by controlling seborrhea (over-activity of sebaceous skin glands).

Both birch and scurvy grass are detoxifiers and purifiers. Birch can also help in treating discoloration caused by acne scars. Its anti-inflammatory and skin soothing abilities are often used to treat eczema, psoriasis and warts. Since it contains vitamins B1, B2, A, C and E, it is also believed to work as an antioxidant.

Ingredients:

Deionized Water (Aqua), Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Extract, Burdock (Arctium Lappa) Extract, Scurvy Grass (Cochlearia Officinalis) Extract, Birch (Betula Alba) Extract, Citric Acid, Methylparaben.