The Little-Known Ingredient Korean Women Use to Fight Acne

Alicia  Yoon

I’ve gone to Seoul to beauty-hunt for my website, Peach &Lily, every few months for the past three years, and lately I’ve noticed a meaningful increase in products that include one ingredient: propolis. This growth in popularity is for good reason. First things first—what is propolis? The resin-like substance is made by bees and mainly used to fill in honeycomb crevices for protection. Bees collect tree sap and combine it with beeswax to make propolis, which beekeepers then scrape away from the hive boxes (no bees are harmed in the process). After all this, it turns out propolis is also an amazing ingredient for your skin. Keep scrolling to find out how it can help your skin—and acne, in particular.

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