Top 5 Best Natural Serums for Acne-prone Skin in 2017

Acne is a delicate matter. You may be struggling for years with breakouts you cannot prevent, pimples you cannot stop from growing, cysts you cannot shrink, and acne scars you cannot heal completely. And therefore, it needs to be treated gently with the best pure, natural, plant-based serum you can find.

Yet, when you find the right treatment starting from inside out and using only natural, botanical, chemical-free acne products you will see significant improvements.

That is why, we have selected for you the best plant-based or plant-derived, mostly organic, natural serum we could find.

A Short Guide to Pick the Perfect Serum

If you want to find more about serums, read our article:

How to Choose the Best Natural Serum for Sensitive and Acne-Prone Skin

Best 5 Natural Serum for Acne in 2017 Summary

#1 Tea Tree Clear Skin Super Serum – by TruSkin Naturals has a potent formulation enhanced with Tea tree oil, Salicylic acid, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic acid, and Retinol. It unclogs pores, soothes irritation, and nourishes skin while clearing blemishes and acne scars.

#2 Royal Rose Hydrating Serum – by Valentia is a light serum with Rose oil created especially for sensitive, dry, and mature skin prone to acne.

#3 Vitamin C Serum with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid – by Amara Organics is a favorite company that is committed to using natural and organic ingredients without harsh chemicals, parabens and fragrances. Both Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid minimize pores, reduces acne, prevents breakouts and clears up the skin.

#4 Vitamin C Serum – by Radha Beauty doesn’t contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates and contains 20% Active Vitamin C and plant-based hyaluronic acid. It has great antioxidant, collagen stimulating, and pores unblocking properties.

#5 Retinol Serum with Natural Dead Sea Minerals and Organic Extract – by Calily Life it contains Aloe, Dead Sea Minerals, Vitamin A, B5, C, and E and Argan oil. This unique serum reduces pores, blemishes, acne spots, and inflammation. Suitable for sensitive skin.

Rankings

Best product

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Brand

Tea Tree Clear Skin Super Serum – by TruSkin Naturals

Royal Rose Hydrating Serum – by Valentia

Vitamin C Serum with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid – by Amara Organics

Vitamin C Serum – by Radha Beauty

Retinol Serum with Natural Dead Sea Minerals and Organic Extract – by Calily Life

Product

Content

1 oz.

1.18 oz.

1 oz.

2 oz.

1 oz.

Skin type

Sensitive, acne-prone skin

Sensitive, dry, mature, acne-prone skin

Sensitive, acne-prone skin

Acne-prone skin

Sensitive, acne-prone skin, hypoallergenic

Use

Morning/evening

Morning/evening

Morning/evening

Morning/evening

Evening

Frequency

2-3 times/week

Daily

Daily

Daily

Daily

Effects

Heals blemishes and scars, unclogs pores, reduces irritation, reduces dark spots, clears skin from acne, nourishes skin, anti-age effects

Reduces blemishes, pimples, acne, heals acne scars, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-irritant, soothing, regenerating

Clears acne, prevents breakouts, tightens pores, reduces acne scars. stimulates collagen, anti-age

Repairs skin problems, acne scars, wrinkles, reduces acnes and breakouts

Hydrates and soften skin. Tightens pores, reduces blemishes, acne, acne scars.

Parabens-free

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Synthetic fragrance

No

No

No

No

Yes

Natural Scent

Floral-earthy from essential oils

Rose petals (essential oil)

Neutral, slightly herbal

Light, oranges/citrucy

No

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Reviews of the Best 5 Natural Serums for Acne in 2017

#1 Tea Tree Clear Skin Super Serum – by TruSkin Naturals

This Clear Skin Super Serum gathered a Super Squad of Super Powerful ingredients: 20% Vitamin C, 5% Hyaluronic acid, 3.5% Niacinamide, 2.5% Retinol, and 2% Salicylic acid.

Maybe the most attractive feature of this Super Serum is that targets both acne and aging successfully, with its Super Natural Squad.

We liked that it also has included Tea tree oil, which is antibacterial, antiviral, and healing for acne-prone and works well for sensitive skin.

People who tried it liked the Essential Oil Trio Tea tree, Ylang-ylang, and Lavender which are great anti-acne and anti-age oils. They also liked the floral-earthy scent.

Many raved about the immediate results they noted, as the serum reduced adult acne with which they struggled for years. Breakouts cleared with no side-effects, like in the case of harsh, chemical-based serums.

Just a few users said that they got breakouts and irritation. But we know that everybody is different, and our skin reacts differently.

Take a patch test on your wrist before using it.

Use 3-5 drops of Serum followed by a moisturizer 2-3 times a week.

Pros

  • Salicylic acid (good for acne)
  • Retinol (good for acne)
  • Vitamin C (good for acne)
  • Contains essential oils that fight acne (Tea tree, Lavender)
  • NO parabens, synthetic fragrance, harsh chemicals

Cons

  • Contains a few low risk ingredients

This powerful serum is a potent, yet gentle “giant” filled with many lovely botanical goodies like Chamomile, Mullein, Ganoderma, Gotu Kola, designed by nature for sensitive, dry, mature and acne-prone skin.

We liked the rich formulation. The divas of this serum are the Rosa Damascena hydrosol and oil, Evening Primrose oil, Rosehip seed oil which have poured into this bottle their delicate, skin regenerating, anti-inflammatory, purifying, clarifying, antioxidant, healing properties.

Another great addition is the Lavender oil, another gentle antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, regenerating, calming, soothing natural ingredient that treats acne and heals acne scars.

We like that the company’s mission is to produce high quality, vegan, paraben-free skin care products from plants and minerals.

Reviewers loved the serum, said it is very gentle with the skin, it has a delicate rose petals scent. Others noted that it is incredibly hydrating, makes the skin soft, and clears acne.

This serum has high reviews, ranks high, and surprisingly has NO 1 star AT ALL, which is very rare.

Pros

  • A royal bouquet of natural roses in a bottle
  • Natural antioxidants and acne fighting goodies
  • Vegan
  • Paraben and harsh chemicals free

Cons

  • A couple of low risk ingredients (including acrylates)

Another great natural acne-fighting product from Amara Organics, this Serum is directly targeting acne-prone skin with a novelty, unique, patented, stabilized, bio-available Vitamin C form called STAY-C50.

It tightens pores, reduces acne, prevents future breakouts, heals acne scars, and improves mature skin and aging signs.

We liked that it contains Aloe Vera (listed as the second ingredients, which means it is a significant quantity), Jojoba oil, Gotu Kola, Horsetail herbal, Geranium, and Dandelion extract.

We would have also like to see less chemical ingredients in the formulation (if not none chemicals at all).

For those who are sensitive to scents (natural or chemical), this is a great product as it has a neutral smell, slightly herbal (from the plants extracts).

Reviewers give it a thumb up, as they shared that it absorbs quickly into the skin, a few drops are enough for the whole face, makes the skin look glowing, healthy, and not oily. It can be used under makeup or sunscreen.

Others say it reduced redness and helped them get rid of pimples within a couple of weeks. Results are promising.

Some reviewers complained that it didn’t do anything to them, others that it made them breakout or it is drying.

Pros

  • Unique bioavailable stabilized form of Vitamin C
  • Has Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil
  • Targets both acne and wrinkles
  • ​Almost no smell, slightly herbal
  • No harsh chemicals

Cons

  • A few low risk chemicals
  • Can be too drying for some with a very sensitive skin

The first great thing to notice about this serum is that it has double the quantity of other serums, for the same price (2 oz. vs. 1 oz). That can be a good point for some people.

Vitamin C is the king of this Serum, with both anti-acne and anti-age action.

Another great feature of this serum is that it contains Witch Hazel which cleanses the skin, unclog the pores, and stimulates skin regeneration.

We loved the Aloe vera, Jojoba oil, and the plant extracts.

Many reviewers like this serum and say only great things about it. They notice immediate changes in their skin, even overnight. And they rave about the double size, compared to other serums, which only have 1 oz.

Well, a few say that the product didn’t work for them. But you can’t make all happy, no matter how good you are, can you?

Pros

  • Double size volume
  • Vitamin C (targets both acne and age)
  • ​Plant extracts
  • No harsh chemicals

Cons

  • A couple of low risk chemicals

It could have been a wonderful natural and organic plant-based serum.

A remarkable thing we like about are the organic Dead sea minerals, Vitamin A, C, and E, and Retinol which moisturize, nourish, and heal your skin.

Another great thing to note in this serum is Argan oil that is a great antioxidant oil. Aloe vera soothes inflammation, provides moisture, and regenerates skin.

However, even if they say it is suitable for sensitive skin, it alarmingly contains quite a few chemical and potentially toxic ingredients such as Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexylethanol, Polysorbate-20, Triethanolamine, Acrylates, and SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE! Some of them are irritants, allergenic, and too harsh for a sensitive skin.

Too bad for the rest of the organic, natural ingredients.

With all that, it has amazing reviews, and close to perfection rating.

People who used it rave about it, saying that this thick serum tightened their pores, faded acne scars, reduced wrinkles, breakouts, pimples, and acne. No rashes, no irritation, no problems observed.

No 1 and 2 stars at all for this product.

Pros

  • Has Retinol
  • Dead Sea minerals
  • ​Argan oil and aloe vera
  • ​Clears acne and blemishes
  • Has soothing and restoring properties

Cons

  • Potentially toxic chemicals
  • Synthetic fragrance (irritant, allergenic)

Rankings

Best product

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Product

Tea Tree Clear Skin Super Serum – by TruSkin Naturals

Royal Rose Hydrating Serum – by Valentia

Vitamin C Serum with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid – by Amara Organics

Vitamin C Serum – by Radha Beauty

Retinol Serum with Natural Dead Sea Minerals and Organic Extract – by Calily Life

Ingredient

Organic Deionized Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe,Vitamin C, MSM, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Retinol, Olive Oil Squalane, Salicylic Acid, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Wildcrafted Dandelion, Organic Gotu Kola,Wild Geranium, Wildcrafted Horsetail, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Rose Hydrosol, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Botanical Hyaluronic acid, Witch Hazel, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Rosehip Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Uva Ursi (Bearberry), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Rose Absolute, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Lavender Extract, Wildcrafted Mullein, Wildcrafted Ganoderma (Reishi), Organic Gotu Kola, Proprietary Wildcrafted Blend, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol

Deionized Water, Organic Aloe, Vitamin C, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Vitamin E, Organic Gotu Kola Extract, Organic Horsetail Plant Extract, Organic Geranium Extract, Organic Dandelion Extract

Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, MSM, Botanical Hyaluronic acid, Witch Hazel, Carbomer, guanidinopentanoic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Dimethicone, Rose Flower extract, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Lactic acid, Serine, Urea, Glycine, Glucose, Allantoin, Dead sea minerals, Argan oil, Vitamin A, Olive oil, Polysorbate-20, Vitamin E, Triethanolamine, Vitamin B5, Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolimer, Vitamine C, Fragrance/Perfume, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Ethylhexylglycerine

Key ingredients

Vitamin C

Niacinamide, Retinol, Salicylic acid, Hyaluronic acid, Tea tree oil

Rosa Damascena, Niacinamide, Rosehip seed oil, Evening Primrose oil, Bearberry, lavender

Vitamin C (unique, stabilized, parented form – Stay-C50), hyaluronic acid, vitamin E,

STAY-C50 Vitamin C, Aloe vera, hyaluronic acid

Aloe, Vitamins A, B5, C, E, Dead Sea minerals

Concerning chemicals

MSM, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol

Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

MSM, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol

MSM, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

Propylen glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, polysorbate-20, triethanolamine, Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Imidazolidinyl, fragrance/perfume

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How to Apply Serum on Your Face?

A serum can be applied in the morning or/and at night.

However, if you’re using a retinoid, dermatologists recommends to not use a serum at night, as combining them may trigger irritation. Or it will be the Clash of the Titans on your skin and you really don’t want that, do you?

The serum is used after cleansing and toning, and before moisturizer.

If you use it without applying a moisturizer on top of it, it may cause irritation and dryness, as usually, serums contain concentrated ingredients that have other purposes than moisturizing your skin. They are more like a treatment. That is why it is mandatory to apply a layer of moisturizing cream on top of it.

1. Cleanse and rinse

2. Apply a few drops of Serum on damp skin

3. Leave it on for 5 minutes

4. Apply moisturizer

5. Enjoy

Conclusion

We have selected Tea tree Clear Skin Super Serum by TruSkin thanks to its super powerful formulation that is spot on (pun intended!) for acne. It is so potent that you only need to use it 2-3 times a week. Think of the economy you make, too, by not using it every day, morning and evening.

The key ingredients are:

  • Vitamin C
  • Plant-derived Hyaluronic acid
  • ​Plant-derived Retinol
  • ​Niacinamide
  • ​Salicylic acid
  • ​Tea tree oil
  • ​Lavender Oil
  • Ylang-ylang oil​
  • Herbal extracts for acne

These are all powerful, natural ingredients that fight acne, reduce breakouts, and heal acne scars. And they also have anti-age properties.

However, the true key to clear your skin from acne is to start a complex, natural, inside out treatment.

 

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