Propolis is antibacterial and especially great for acne.
You’re probably wondering how the bee equivalent of household caulk can get you clear skin. According to Dr. Gohara, the four main benefits of propolis include its ability to “act as an antibacterial, help with wound healing, moisturize, and be a powerful antioxidant.”
People with acne-prone skin reap the benefits of propolis. “Its antibacterial properties can fight acne-causing bacteria, while the moisturizing and healing properties help repair skin faster post-acne as well,” says Dr. Gohara.
Propolis is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that contains “amino acids, phenolic acids, phenolic acid esters, flavonoids, cinnamic acid, terpenoids, and caffeic acid” according to Lopez. Translation: It helps reduce irritation caused by acne (or other wounds) as well as speed the healing process. And similar to the aloe plant, propolis is a great option for those who are suffering with a sun or windburn as it reduces inflammation and protects the compromised skin barrier.