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Cica 101: The Benefits of Centella Asiatica for Your Skin

by Burt’s Bees | 2 min read

Used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine, this ancient herb brings big benefits to any skin care routine—especially for acne-prone skin.

So what is Centella Asiatica?

Centella asiatica, which also goes by the easier-to-pronounce nickname Cica, is a small-but-mighty green herb . There’s recently been buzz around everything this soothing botanical can do for our skin—even the sensitive types—and for good reason.

Benefits of Centella Asiatica

The benefits of Cica read like a who’s-who of skincare needs—it improves scratches, burns, helps heal hypertrophic wounds, enhances collagen, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent for conditions like eczema, and more! Tigers even roll around in Cica to help heal their wounds in the wild.

Boost Collagen

Studies have suggested that Centella asiatica promotes collagen synthesis and antibacterial effects on burn wounds.

Anti-Inflammatory & Antioxidant

Centella asiatica has powerful antioxidant activity thanks to its natural flavonoids and phenolic compounds, which help skin amp up its protection against the effects of pollution, stress and UV rays. 

Reduce Redness

In a study, Centella asiatica extract helped to improve the skin barrier function and reduce redness by helping to lock in hydration and lowering the pH value of the skin. 

Centella Asiatica Side Effects

Side effects aren’t very common, but it’s always a good idea to do a patch test with any new skin care product on your inner forearm before applying all over. 

What can Centella Asiatica do for acne-prone skin?

Keeping blemishes at bay requires a skin care routine that’s tough on oil, with the benefits of active natural ingredients like Salicylic Acid—a beta hydroxy acid that acts as an exfoliator to unclog pores—and Cica. Using Cica alongside acne-fighters brings balance with its ancient skin-soothing properties to go easy on skin while active ingredients tackle acne. No tight, irritated skin here. 

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 Ask a healthcare professional about the most suitable skin care regimen for you.

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