Propolis: nature’s solution to acne - scientifically proven
Updated: Jul 3
I still dread it: waking up to a new painful red spot on my face. If you’re like me, acne continued to appear even after our adolescent days were behind us. My skin certainly missed the memo—I was still breaking out with adult acne.
We may even share a similar experience: the limited and disappointing success of medications, antibiotics, and topical drying agents—typically recommended by dermatologists to treat acne. And, more robust treatments such as chemical peels and laser treatments are expensive!
Treating acne needn’t be harsh on your skin, nor costly. Nature provides a better way. In fact,
there is a natural and highly effective ingredient for treating your acne: all-natural Australian
native bee propolis.
What makes propolis so effective as an acne treatment?
Take a closer look at the magical little creatures that create healing propolis, and it comes as no surprise as to why propolis is such a powerful and effective treatment for acne. Bees produce propolis as a natural antimicrobial, which they diligently use to sterilise and sanitise their hives, while protecting their precious broods against the development and growth of unfriendly bacteria. These protective compounds are at the very heart of why propolis is the preferred way to naturally combat bacterial acne. How so?
Scientific studies* have proven that the antimicrobial properties found in propolis are effective in reducing the severity and occurrence of acne by inhibiting the growth of bacteria commonly found on our skin. These antibacterial effects are attributable to the synergistic activities of multiple compounds found in propolis, such as benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, caffeic acid and flavonoids.
We know that worldwide there is a growing concern over increasing resistance to antibiotics due to their overuse. Conversely, this natural ingredient has been scientifically proven to be more effective than antibiotics used in standard acne treatment. But, its benefits as an acne treatment extend beyond its antimicrobial properties. Propolis provides a range of other benefits that will improve the appearance of your skin in a matter of weeks!
Additional benefits of using propolis for acne
Anti-inflammatory: Propolis contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent
additional swelling, minimise redness and reduce discomfort caused by acne.
Healing properties: Propolis can minimise scarring as it has been shown to increase the
collagen content of skin tissue during the healing process. Its antioxidant properties also
facilitate the repair process.
Hydration: Unlike topical drying agents used in standard treatments, propolis does not dry or irritate the skin. Natural essential oils found in propolis will keep the skin hydrated, while
reducing excess oils (i.e., less pimple outbreaks).
Sunscreen agent: Propolis is a natural sunscreen due to its protective and preventive
properties. In fact, protection against UV radiation can minimise the hyperpigmentation caused
Vitamin C: Propolis contains vitamin C, which can help brighten skin and fade dark spots
caused by acne.
Your acne solution
All-natural Australian wild native bee propolis is an effective, gentle and safe alternative to current standard treatments often recommended by dermatologists. The best part— it is all natural and it works!
How to use propolis?
To manage and control teenage or adult acne, Native Beeings Propolis Extract can be used as
an everyday hydration serum and as a spot treatment. See below for direction of use:
Everyday hydration serum:
Step 1: Rinse your face and affected areas with lukewarm water and dry with soft towel.
Step 2: Place one or two pumps of propolis on your palm and rub hands together to warm the
Step 3: Gently massage propolis into skin and affected areas.
Step 4: Leave propolis on skin to provide ongoing protection and management of acne.
Step 5: Repeat once again at night.
Step 1: Apply propolis over blemish once detected and massage lightly into the skin.
Step 2: Repeat multiple times throughout the day until blemish resolves.
Native Beeings Propolis Extract
Native Beeings Propolis Extract is made up of 100% organic ingredients, without ethanol or petrochemicals added as a solvent.
Our Australian native bee propolis provides a more powerful and complex spectrum of medicinal properties compared to the commercial honeybee propolis commonly available on the market. We place our hives in Australia’s natural rainforests and bushland, where the bees have access to forage and collect their preferred saps, pollens and nectar from a wider range of biodiversity—resulting in the higher potency of our propolis.
Native Beeings propolis is authentic and traceable - we only process propolis from our own hives in Australia and collect only small quantities in a completely non-intrusive and sustainable manner. Our mission is simple: to protect and support Australia’s wild bee populations and to introduce their very special gift of healing propolis to others.
* Scientific Study References
Ali, B. M., Ghoname, N., Hodeib, A., & Elbadawy, M. (2015). Significance of topical propolis in the treatment of facial acne vulgaris. Egyptian Journal of Dermatology and Venerology, 35(1), 29. doi:10.4103/1110-6530.162468
De Silva, M., De Moura, N., Motoyama, A. B., & Ferreira, V. M. (2019). A review of the potential therapeutic and cosmetic use of propolis in topical formulations. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, 0(00), 001-011. doi:10.7324/JAPS.2018.8801
Goncalves, G., Santos, N., & Srebernich, S. (2011). Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of propolis and açai (Euterpe oleracea Mart) extracts. Journal of Basic and Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences, 32(3), 349-356.
Jong-Sung, P., & Kun-Suk, W. (1997). The Usage and Composition of Propolis Added Cosmetics in Korea. Bee Products, 121-124. doi:10.1007/978-1-4757-9371-0_15
Kurek-Górecka, A., Górecki, M., Rzepecka-Stojko, A., Balwierz, R., & Stojko, J. (2020). Bee Products in Dermatology and Skin Care. Molecules, 25(3), 556. doi:10.3390/molecules25030556
Mazzarello, V., Donadu, M., Ferrari, M., Piga, G., Usai, D., Zanetti, S., & Sotgiu, M. A. (2018). Treatment of acne with a combination of propolis, tea tree oil, and Aloe vera compared to erythromycin cream: Two double-blind investigations. Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications, Volume 10, 175-181. doi:10.2147/cpaa.s180474
Park, E., Kim, S., Kim, E., Li, S., An, S., & Choe, T. (2009). The Effect of Facial Skin Care by Propolis on the Inflammatory Acne. Asian J Beaut. Cosmetol. 7(1), 61-69.
Pasupuleti, V. R., Sammugam, L., Ramesh, N., & Gan, S. H. (2017). Honey, Propolis, and Royal Jelly: A Comprehensive Review of Their Biological Actions and Health Benefits. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity,2017, 1-21. doi:10.1155/2017/1259510