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White willow tree bark extract | Salicin

White Willow Tree Bark Extract | Salicin


Salicin is the active extract of the bark of the white willow tree (Salix alba).
The use of willow bark dates back thousands of years, to the time of Hippocrates (circa 400 BC), when patients were advised to chew on the bark to reduce fever and inflammation. White willow bark is traditionally known to ease aches and pains and reduce fevers, and has been used throughout the centuries in Ancient Egypt, Sumer and Assyria, as well as Europe and China, and continues to be used today for the treatment of pains and ailments such as lower back pain and osteoarthritis, headaches, and inflammatory conditions like bursitis and tendinitis.
In combination with the herb’s powerful anti-inflammatory plant compounds (called flavonoids), salicin is thought to be responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb. In fact, in the 1800s, salicin was used to develop aspirin. The white willow appears to bring pain relief more slowly than aspirin, but its effects may last longer.
Clinical science has discovered that salicin exfoliates skin and can improve its texture and colour, and also with reducing acne.  Studies have shown that salicin delivers good results in improving skin texture and colour. Salicin helps correct the abnormal desquamation process that occurs in acne-prone skin.  It works as an exfoliant, promoting the sloughing away of dead skin cells.  It is especially helpful in treating acne because of its ability to penetrate the follicle.  Salicin encourages the shedding of dead skin cells from within the follicle, helping keep the pores clear of cellular debris.  In this way, it reduces the number of pore blockages and breakouts on the skin.
The white willow bark extract can be found in LIVING PROOF’s Deep Cell Cleansing Gel exfoliant.  After the skin is sufficiently clear, Deep Cell Cleansing Gel can often be used in place of gels or pads to maintain clear skin.
As with most topical treatment medications, salicin must be applied over the entire face or affected body area.  Using it as a spot treatment on visible breakouts is rather ineffective.  Instead, apply the Deep Cell Cleansing Gel over the entire affected area so the salicin can prevent pore blockages and help clear microcomedones, which are tiny blemishes too small yet to see.  Continuous use of the Deep Cell Cleansing Gel is necessary to obtain and maintain positive results.  If you stop using the treatment, the pores may once again clog with excess oil and dead cells, and acne may return.
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