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You read that right: a new study on the effects of red wine, and the antioxidant resveratrol in the grapes used to make it, has found that this particular type of vino may actually help slow the processes of bacteria that cause acne. In addition, your favorite red may also be able to strengthen the effects of your over-the-counter acne medication.
According to a study published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy, researchers studied bacteria that cause acne and how quickly these colonies can spread. However, when they applied resveratrol, which as stated above is often found in abundance in red wine, to the bacteria, the growth of the colony slowed. Then, the researchers applied benzoyl peroxide, which is the active ingredient found in most over-the-counter acne drugs, and found that the combination of resveratrol and benzoyl peroxide was stronger than the latter alone.
The Benefits of Resveratrol and Red Wine
The researchers, though likely pleased with the results, will naturally need to spend more time studying these effects, but this definitely isn’t the first time the benefits of resveratrol have been pointed out. The antioxidant is also found in peanuts, pistachios, cranberries, and blueberries and has long been known to be a benefit for those who like to consume these foods.
This is one of the strongest reasons why red wine is considered to be a healthy option when used in moderation. Though doctors still recommend that people only have a glass to a glass and a half every day, the benefits of red wine have been greatly extolled recently—and most often—because of the health benefits associated with resveratrol. However, the ways in which this antioxidant may be beneficial for the treatment of acne have not been thoroughly studied as of yet, especially when associated with the daily intake of red wine.
What Does This Mean?
While it’s unlikely that your doctor’s office will start handing out prescriptions for a bottle of wine in order to minimize your signs acne, it is interesting to think about the repercussions of this study as well as what kinds of treatment options may be available to us in the future. After all, who doesn’t love the idea that their favorite glass of wine could potentially help keep acne at bay and make them more beautiful? We’ll drink to that.