Acne is a skin condition that afflicts many, especially in adolescence, although adult acne is also often. Whenever it appears, we wouldn’t say it is welcome and we are constantly looking for ways to get rid of it.
Nowadays, there are many who want natural ingredients for their face care in an effort to avoid harsh chemicals. But is there something in nature that can help us?
Propolis seems to be a substance that, thanks to its properties, is often used in acne products and has recently been gaining ground. It has attracted the attention of experts because of its use in nature, where bees produce it to fortify their nests and protect it from external dangers such as bacteria, viruses, and other animals.
But what are the qualities that make it an important aid for acne?
Propolis: Properties for the skin
- Antimicrobial. Perhaps its main asset, its antimicrobial action, is what makes propolis stand out! In fact, in a study of 40 patients in the group in which ethanol extract of propolis was applied topically, there was significant antibacterial efficacy in both gram-positive aerobic and anaerobic bacteria (Staphylococcus epidermidis, Propionibacterium acnes) (1).
- Anti-inflammatory. Acne is an inflammatory disease that affects 85% of young people! Propolis is one of the most known substances for their anti-inflammatory action in nature. It can thus repair damaged tissue and make the skin smoother.
- Antioxidant. Thanks to its antioxidants it protects the skin from daily attacks, keeping the skin cells strong and healthy.
These properties are due to the flavonoids, polyphenols and phenolic acids it contains.
It is now available in many acne products such as cleansers, creams and lotions, and propolis face masks can work very well if you use them 2-3 times a week.
If a dermatologist already sees you, consult with him before trying this product category as he can better understand all skin needs.