I thought by the time I had wrinkles that acne would be over. Nope. And adult acne is tricky. Cystic acne, Rudolph red nose, pimples, and full-blown zits. Acne Slayer fights all the above. We got a chance to try this plant-based blemish fighter. It works because it has natural, proven ingredients that are delivered by a unique method of conveyance. Read about the research-backed natural ingredients and our experience with Acne Slayer.
WHY IT WORKS
Acne Slayer works because it uses proven plant extracts to enhance the skin’s natural ability to heal.
DermaVine is Acne Slayer’s secret weapon. It is a proprietary blend of ingredients like willow bark, lemon peel oil, and cinnamon extract.
|Cinnamon bark enhances the permeation and delivery of topical treating ingredients. |
The DermaVine formula is suspended within an alcohol solution. Alcohol destroys fungal, viral, and bacterial cells that cause acne. This also enables the best possible absorption – better than creams, salves, or serums.
As a liquid, it won’t leave a residue. It is undetectable on a bare face or under moisturizer, sunscreen, or makeup.
|Lemon Peel Oil eliminates Cutibacterium acnes, an acne-causing bacteria, better than the antibiotic erythromycin. |
Typically, alcohol dries adult skin. But the DermaVine formulation rehydrates and promotes new, healthy skin cells. The result is a natural, effective, plant-based acne remedy.
Let’s take a look at the acne-fighting properties of a few of the ingredients in the DermaVine formula:
Willow Bark Extract
Willow Bark Extract is an excellent acne remedy. It unclogs pores, reduces redness, and regulates sebum production. Yet it is gentle to the skin.
Willow Bark extract has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. 
Willow Bark contains salicin, from which salicylic acid is derived. Salicylic Acid is a natural bHA. Salicylic Acid purges clogged pores without excess drying the skin surface. Salicylic Acid does not cause the dryness that occurs with Benzoyl Peroxide or Retinol.
Salicylic Acid also helps build collagen to heal acne scars and improve skin care texture. Collagen production is a nice perk of acne treatment!
Lemon Peel Oil
Lemon Peel Oil clears the skin. As a natural exfoliator and skin purifier, lemon peel oil gives skin a lovely glow. 
Lemon Peel Oil alleviates skin inflammation  to reduce the angry red appearance of a blemish. It also reduces certain infection-causing bacterias. 
One study reported Lemon Peel Oil demonstrates remarkable antibacterial activity against Cutibacterium acnes (C. acnes, Formerly P. acnes) and common microorganisms such as S. aureus, B. subtilis, and E. coli. Even compared with the common antibiotics (such as erythromycin, clindamycin, and tetracycline) for acne therapy, its antibacterial activity against C. acnes is more excellent .
Lemon Peel Oil is an antioxidant containing high levels of Vitamin C. Vitamin C reduces excess oil production, shrinks pores, and exfoliates dead surface skin. These reduce the formation of acne.
Direct, undiluted application of lemon peel oil can be excessively drying to the skin, but it works well within a balanced formulation.
Cinnamonum Extract is a type of cinnamon bark.
It is used in skincare as an antiseptic, antibiotic, and astringent.
Cinnamonum Extract helps eliminate bacteria and prevent future breakouts due to its’ detoxifying and antiseptic properties. It is particularly effective in eliminating acne causing Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis. [9, 10]
Cinnamon Extract can enhance the absorption and delivery of treating ingredients via the skin.
Studies suggest cinnamaldehyde, a component in cinnamon, may enhance healing in P. aeruginosa-infected skin wounds. 
The texture is a bit thicker than water consistency. I am impressed that it is not greasy or sticky.
It smells of alcohol but doesn’t sting. The smell of alcohol evaporates quickly. It is fresh smelling, but I don’t detect a specific note. Maybe a bit citrus with slight spice but not exactly cinnamon. I smell nothing once it is dry.
It dries down completely clean. I can wear makeup or sunscreen on top without any grainy, chalky, or greasy residue.
How does it work?
Just on cue, a cystic acne pimple emerged on my chin. Red, swollen and painful.
So I applied Acne Slayer as directed. I wipe it on my face with a cotton wipe, like a toner. It dries immediately without a residue, and I apply my sunscreen or moisturizer directly on top. I apply daily.
Normally cystic acne painfully sits on my face, slowly forming into pimple form for over a week or so. Acne Slayer reduced the size, removed the painful swelling, and the redness. It also accelerated the process. Acne Slayer stopped the painful inflammation and redness of cystic acne, quickly reducing an angry blemish to a non-inflamed white head that resolved on its’ in a few days.
Where to Buy It
Find Acne Slayer at https://www.slayerskincare.com/acne-slayer
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