FMIPA UNS — Students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) of Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta have made another proud achievement. They are Millenia Trias Puspa Rukmi from Chemistry Study Program FMIPA, Mariyam Noor from Pharmacy Study Program Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences UNS together with Putri Indah Nurani from the Diploma 3 Pharmacy Study Program (SV) won gold medals in international competitions.  

The competition they are participating in is the Global Competition for Life Sciences (GloCoLiS) 2022 which will take place in Surabaya on 9-12 April 2022 in Surabaya. When interviewed as quoted from the uns.ac.id page on Monday (4/25/2022), Putri Indah said that they made a gel from the active ingredients of Temu Kunci and lemongrass extracts made in the form of nanoparticles.

“The name is Antiacne Gel Innovation from Fingerroot and Lemongrass as a Solution for Maskne or Citranda. The combination of turmeric and lemongrass has a more optimal antibacterial effect than if separated. We apply this combination into a gel dosage form so that it can be useful as an antiacne gel. We make it in the form of nanoparticles so that it has a more optimal effect,” he explained.

Putri explained that the idea was motivated by a pandemic that required people to wear masks to ward off droplets that carry viruses and bacteria. However, on the other hand, droplets trapped in the mask can also cause new problems because it causes the skin covered by the mask to become moist and sensitive. One of the bacteria that emerges from the respiratory tract is Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia Coli. These bacteria can trigger acne or what is called a mask.

“Scitronella and Temu Kunci have antibacterial activity because the extracts produced contain active compounds such as saponins, polyphenols, flavonoids, and essential oils. These compounds play a role in denaturing bacterial cells so that they can damage cell membranes without repairing them. The active substances found in citronella and temu Kunci can be applied as a pharmaceutical preparation, one of which is in the form of an anti-acne nano emulsion gel, which we make innovations in dealing with masks,” explained Putri.

Putri and her team admitted that they were very proud and happy with this achievement. “Especially if rewinding the struggle to get the title, it really takes a lot of effort because you have to share your time and energy with projects and other activities. Hopefully Citranda doesn’t just stop here, but one day can be patented and can be produced and distributed,” he concluded. [MnR/MIPA]