Nyssa Phoebe M. Dy | Monica Herschel T. Orden | Karmina Noelle D. Padilla
Mhegl C. Patinglag | Ryan Christopher C. Ramos
School of Natural Sciences
Dr. Marilou M. Saong, Adviser
Sayote (Sechium edule) is a plant commonly found in the City of Baguio. The researchers aimed to find more ways of utilizing the Sayote plant aside from consuming it as food. The purpose of the study was to determine the effectiveness of Sayote extract as a component of an anti-acne cream in comparison to commercially available anti-acne cream on the causative agents of acne, namely Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis. The researchers used three formulations of Sayote anti-acne cream, prepared anti-acne cream without Sayote extract, and a commercially available anti-acne cream. 50µL of each of the creams were placed in the 8mm bore at the center of the Mueller-Hinton agar. S. aureus and S. epidermidis were subjected to antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Statistically, there was a significant difference between and among the commercially available anti-acne cream, prepared anti-acne cream and anti-acne cream with Sayote extract on S. aureus but not with S. epidermidis. The results showed that the Sayote anti-acne cream is more effective than the commercially available anti-acne cream in eradicating S. aureus and that the Sayote anti-acne cream is comparable to commercially available anti-acne cream in eradicating S. epidermidis. The researchers recommend future studies of a similar kind to utilize Propionibacterium acnes as the microorganism of choice for testing. The researchers would also recommend the development of the different parts of the Sayote plant as an ingredient in the anti-acne cream formulation.
Key words: Sayote extract, quasi-experimental, anti-acne cream, anti-microbial susceptibility testing