St. John's wort

Plant Extracts , Antioxidants

Plant that contains several components that can cause a negative reaction on skin in the presence of sunlight. Any product that contains St. John’s wort should be followed by application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen. [1]

St. John’s wort’s association with improving depression when taken as an oral supplement is unrelated to its topical impact on skin. However, it does have potent antioxidant properties. [2]

In terms of skin healing, research has shown that St. John’s wort enhances the process while minimizing pain, making it a suitable option for helping to minimize the formation and ultimate appearance of scars. St. John’s wort also has antifungal and antibacterial activity. [3]

References Cited:

  1. Boiy A, Roelandts R, van den Oord J, de Witte P. Photosensitizing activity of hypericin and hypericin acetate after topical application on normal mouse skin. Br J Dermatol. 2008;158(2):360-9.
  2. Zheng W, Wang S. Antioxidant activity and phenolic compounds in selected herbs. J Agric Food Chem. 2001;49(11):5165-70.
  3. Saddiqe Z, Naeem I, Maimoona A. A review of the antibacterial activity of Hypericum perforatum L. J Ethnopharmacol. 2010;131(3):511-21.

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