The Effectiveness of Peperomia Pellucida Extract Against Acne Bacteria


  • Susan Kosasih Master Program of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Prima Indonesia, Medan, Indonesia
  • Chrismis Novalinda Ginting Faculty of Medicine, University of Prima Indonesia, Medan, South Sumatra Indonesia
  • Linda Chiuman Faculty of Medicine, University of Prima Indonesia, Medan, South Sumatra Indonesia
  • I Nyoman Ehrich Lister Faculty of Medicine, University of Prima Indonesia, Medan, South Sumatra Indonesia


Peperomia pellucida, Propionibacterium acnes, Anti-Bacterial, Agar Diffusion


Background: Acne vulgaris is a common inflammatory condition in the pilosebaceous unit that occurs in adolescents and young adults characterized by blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules. Among all of these bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes have the most important role in the pathogenesis of acne. Some leaves called tumpangan air (Peperomia pellucida) are one type of plant that is widely used for treatment. This leaf has various pharmaceutical effects includes antimicrobial, anticancer, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-oedematogenic activities. Objective: This study was aimed to examine the effectiveness of Peperomia pellucida in inhibiting the growth of Propionibacterium acne bacteria. Methods: Evaluation of antibacterial used agar diffusion method Which used ethanol extract of Peperomia pellucida (0.3 gr/ml, 0.5 gr/ml, 0.7 gr/ml and 1 gr/ml) as samples, gentamycin as positive, and DMSO as the negative control. Results: The higher concentration show higher antibacterial activity against Propionibacterium acne while the average of inhibition zone for 0.3 gr/ml, 0.5 gr/ml, 0.7 gr/ml and 1 gr/ml of ethanol extract from Peperomia pellucida were 9.53mm, 10.53mm, 0.7mm, 13.36 mm, and 15.70 mm, respectively. Conclusion: With the results, can be concluded that Peperomia pellucida extracts are anti-bacterial to inhibit the growth of Propionibacterium acnes bacteria.


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Kosasih, S. ., Novalinda Ginting, C. ., Chiuman, L. ., & Ehrich Lister, I. N. . (2019). The Effectiveness of Peperomia Pellucida Extract Against Acne Bacteria. American Scientific Research Journal for Engineering, Technology, and Sciences, 59(1), 149–153. Retrieved from