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7 Natural Anti-Acne Ingredients That *Really* Work

Go back to basics.

When you find that the usual zit-zappers like salicyclic acid, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and glycolic acid too *matapang* for your skin, try these naturally sourced ingredients. These additives are effective in treating acne without harming the skin. Take note of these add-ons before making a purchase.

  1. Tea Tree Oil

    Pure tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Australia. It's a common add-on for anti-acne and anti-dandruff products because it is naturally antibacterial. It's a gentler option compared to salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, but you should still be careful when using this. Pure tea tree oil, when applied directly on the zit, can be too harsh. It's best to mix it with a carrier oil or a moisturizer. To save yourself the hassle of doing this step, go for tea tree oil-infused products.

    Human Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel, P199.75, Human Nature


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  2. Rosehip Oil

    Before you gasp at the thought of putting oil on your zits, read this first: Rosehip oil is a miracle worker for acne. It helps heal pimples and fades acne scars. It hydrates and protects the skin barrier without clogging the pores. Here's a testimonial that shows how a woman cured her acne after incorporating rosehip oil in her routine. BTW, this essential oil works as a great anti-aging skincare product as it improves skin elasticity.

    One Earth Organics Pure Rosehip Oil, P480, Beauty Bar


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  3. Witch Hazel

    Witch hazel is extracted from Hamamelis virginiana, a flowering plant native to North America. It is famous for being anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, making it a great ingredient to fight acne. It also helps control excess sebum production.

    Thayers Original Witch Hazel Toner, P695, BeautyMNL


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  4. Propolis

    Propolis is produced by bees, and it is a combination of beeswax and tree sap that are used to fill in the honeycomb's crevices for protection. When used on the skin, it kills acne-causing bacteria and speeds up the pimple's healing process. It hydrates while fighting excess sebum production. It can also combat free radicals, thanks to its antioxidant-rich content.

    Natural anti-acne ingredient: Propolis
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    Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask, P149, BeautyMNL


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  5. Snail Mucin

    Snail mucin is the slime common garden snails leave whenever they move. Although it's a popular K-beauty ingredient, Chileans were the first to add snail mucin to skincare products. The Chilean snail breeders' hands were incredibly soft, which led to the production of Elicina, an anti-aging cream.

    Snail mucin has excellent healing and radiance-boosting properties. It can repair your skin—from breakouts to dry patches. It's an excellent addition to both anti-acne and anti-aging skincare routines.

    COSRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, P980, Skincare Curator


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  6. Turmeric

    Turmeric is a common spice in Asian dishes, particularly in India and Thailand. Aside from making your curry extra tasty, it has amazing benefits for acne-prone skin. It evens out pigmentation and soothes breakouts.

    The Inkey List Turmeric Moisturizer, P930, Sephora


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  7. Green tea

    Green tea is not just a refreshing drink. As a skincare product add-on, it aids in reducing bacteria and inflammation. Pimples heal faster and the pores are purified. It's also rich in antioxidants that prevent skin dullness and signs of aging. To further convince you that this *works*, check out how one girl cleared her acne with the help of green tea.

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    Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum, P1,450, SM Megamall

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