Historically used as a medicinal ingredient, willow bark is making a come back in modern beauty. Willow bark extract (salix alba) comes from the bark of white willow trees and has many health and beauty benefits. From offering pain relief to reducing inflammation, this natural ingredient has ability to help us immensely.

In the beauty world, willow bark extract has made its way into all kinds of serums, cleansers, and oil-controlling creams. While this ingredient can be very drying, it can still be used with most skin types. Read on to learn more about the benefits and uses of calming willow bark.

Willow Bark Benefits

The most common way to derive willow bark extract is by making a tincture with alcohol and the natural tree bark. Again, it’s the white willow bark that is used to obtain this calming extract. It’s essential to make that distinction as there are many types of willow out there. The white willow tree bark has four main properties which make it so beneficial.

Willow Bark and Your Skin

Willow bark extract can help reduce redness, prevent acne, and diminish the signs of ageing. Although different skin types will benefit from this natural ingredient in different ways.

Blemish-prone Skin

Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, willow bark works wonders for blemish-prone skin. The natural pain relief that it offers also helps with painful acne. For a super drying effect, combining this extract with witch hazel can help significantly reduce oil on the skin. It also works well with the powerful and antifungal tea tree oil to kill any lingering bacteria. However, if you are looking to treat your acne, you’ll have to make sure that you are using a non-comedogenic product with willow bark.

Sensitive Skin

Those with sensitive skin can also benefit from the calming effects of willow bark. This natural ingredient helps reduce redness and even prevent it from happening altogether. Anyone suffering from rosacea might find this particularly useful. Although it’s important to avoid using willow bark in harsh formulas as it’s quite astringent. If you have sensitive skin, you should opt for compositions that include calming ingredients like aloe vera or calendula.

Oily Skin

As this extract is a powerful natural astringent, it is ideal for people with oily skin and larger pores. The high levels of tannins present in this extract help tighten the skin and minimize the size of pores. People with oily skin are often prone to breakouts, which means they can also benefit from the calming effects of this natural ingredient. It would be ideal to use willow bark in a toner or mask form to clear up and mattify your skin naturally.

Normal and Dry Skin

In general, those with normal to dry skin don’t struggle with excessive oils and larger pores. Nonetheless, there are still some benefits that willow bark can offer them. For instance, if you are experiencing any sensitivity with your skin, you can look to this natural ingredient to help you calm your skin down. Also, you can take advantage of its anti-ageing properties and use it as preventative skin care. As it’s very drying, be sure to look for products with moisturizing ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid.


Whether you’re suffering from acne and breakouts or you’re simply trying to fight off Father Time, willow bark extract can help, regardless of your skin type. We hope that you’ll give it a try and let us know if it helped you naturally improve your skin. To learn more about this series, check out our articles on Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar and Healing Licorice Root. For more hands-on learning, consider signing up for WapoBeauty’s Complete Facial Skincare Workshop online.



Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni

3 Responses

  1. I m having having pimple n redness on face. It because of over heat in my body. I try everything but nothing work. I saw about willow bark. N want to give a try. But there is many capsule. Idk which to try. I Will opt for cheapest one. N give a try. I hope it will work

    1. Hi Sonam, you may want to consider trying a cleanser with willow bark in it rather than a capsule. Your skin could benefit from the drying effect it offers as you wash your face to prevent breakouts. Please, let us know how it worked for you!

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