Thyme has found to be an effective treatment for acne.
New research from Leeds Metropolitan University found a solution using the common herb thyme was more effective in killing the acne bacterium than traditional chemical-based creams.
It may also be kinder to the skin and, unike the powerful peroxide-based treatments it doesn't leave skin feeling irritated.
Acne is caused by a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes which infects the skin pore and then forms a pimple.
Dr Gomez Escalada commented: "We now need to carry out further tests in conditions that mimic the skin to confirm the effectiveness in practical use. If thyme tincture is proven to be effective for the treatment of acne, it will provide a natural alternative to current treatments.”