Anti-Irritants , Antibacterial/Anti-Acne
Plant whose primary component, berberine, is an alkaloid that can have antibacterial properties and some cellular anti-inflammatory response. However, it can also be a skin irritant because of its effect on cells (Sources: Alternative Medicine Review, April 2000, pages 175–177; and Healthnotes Review of Complementary and Integrative Medicine,

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