Burt's Bees new Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser ($9.99) joins a suite of zit zappers and demonstrates yet again that Burt's Bees is making green affordable. In particular, acne treatments tend to be a cocktail of harsh chemicals, so Natural Acne Solutions is a refreshing change with a smorgasboard of ingredients that (mostly) are good enough to eat.
The active ingredient is salicylic acid, a common acne treatment. It works as a keratolytic by causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, preventing pores from clogging up, and allowing room for new cell growth. More unusual in a cosmetic is antioxidant beetroot, although you will find it in one of our Five Best lip products
The beets, along with evening primrose, could make this a good candidate for anyone suffering from adult acne and looking, as well, for some anti-aging help. Several human trials have demonstrated evening primrose's
efficacy in treating inflammation, eczema, pruritus, xerosis, and scaliness. More than 20 randomized, controlled studies have evaluated the effects of gamma linoleic acid on skin, and the majority of data suggests that GLA application enhances the epidermal barrier. Because of its ability to dilute sebum production, evening primrose oil is good at calming acne flare-ups, while at the same time hydrating skin. The astringent properties of the plant's juice can soothe skin irritations and inflammations.
Any drying caused by salicylic acid will be counteracted by hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, a moisturizer made by extracting the water molecules from liquid honey.
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (1.0%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Sucrose Laurate, Salix Nigra Bark Extract (Willow), Coco Betaine, Betaine, Beta Vulgaris Root Extract (Beet), Oenothera Biennis Leaf Extract (Evening Primrose), Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco Glucoside, Fragrance, Glucose, Alcohol Denat., Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol