Propolis: An All-Natural Do It All

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Honey gets all the hype, but propolis is another product produced by bees. And similar to honey, propolis is jam-packed with all the best stuff — amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins — that can help treat a variety of skin concerns!

Propolis is a natural substance produced by bees from tree sap combined with their beeswax and secretions to form a sticky resin that helps seal open spaces in their hives. Historically, propolis was used by the Egyptians to embalm mummies and the Greeks to treat infections.

It also has many healing benefits and contains polyphenols which are antioxidants that help fight against oxidative stress. So they play a role in protection and repair from environmental factors. It helps fight bacteria and fungus and reduces inflammation. Many people swear by it for anti-aging because of all the flavonoids.

It’s especially great for acne due to its antibacterial and antifungal compounds combined with its healing benefits. It’s been reported to also help other inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.  

 Dr. Azi’s Propolis Recommendations:

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Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.

Specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Shirazi received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine. After doing a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, she completed her residency training in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in addition to completing her training in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

She has received multiple research scholarships from iconic institutions including Harvard University and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has several peer-reviewed publications to her name.