, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 471–476 | Cite as

Abies koreana Essential Oil Inhibits Drug-Resistant Skin Pathogen Growth and LPS-Induced Inflammatory Effects of Murine Macrophage

  • Weon-Jong Yoon
  • Sang-Suk Kim
  • Tae-Heon Oh
  • Nam Ho Lee
  • Chang-Gu Hyun


Since acne vulgaris is the combined result of a bacterial infection and the inflammatory response to that infection, we examined whether Abies koreana essential oil (AKE) possessed anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activities against skin pathogens. In this study, AKE showed excellent antibacterial activities against drug-susceptible and -resistant Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis, which are acne-causing bacteria. In addition, AKE reduced the LPS-induced secretion of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), IL-6, NO and PGE2 in RAW 264.7 cells, indicating that it has anti-inflammatory effects. Therefore, we suggest that AKE may be an attractive candidate for promoting skin health.


Abies koreana Acne vulgaris Essential oil Inflammation Skin pathogen 



This research was supported by the Regional Technology Innovation Program (RTI04-02-07), which is managed by the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy, Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weon-Jong Yoon
    • 1
  • Sang-Suk Kim
    • 2
  • Tae-Heon Oh
    • 2
  • Nam Ho Lee
    • 2
  • Chang-Gu Hyun
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Group for Cosmetic MaterialsJeju Biodiversity Research Institute (JBRI), Jeju High-Tech Development Institute (HiDI)JejuKorea
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryCheju National UniversityJejuKorea

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