Dragon's Blood

We know what you’re thinking. Forget knights in shining armor and hordes of magical treasure—dragon’s blood, a relatively new addition on the Western skin care scene, is anything but mythical. Used most commonly in the modern treatment of acne, this ingredient provides numerous medical benefits, particularly when it comes to preventing and healing inflammatory skin conditions.

Dragon’s blood is the latex or “tears” that form when the bark of the Croton lechleri tree is cut, giving the appearance that the tree is bleeding. Found in the upper Amazon region of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia, the dark sap is then collected and marketed as dragon’s blood—a term most likely originating from regional names, as local monikers like “sangre de grado” literally translate to “blood of the dragon.”

Historically, dragon’s blood was used by early Amazonian populations to treat external wounds, hemorrhoids, and fractures, since natural compounds in the blood red sap staunch bleeding, accelerate the healing process, and seal off injuries from infection. Internally, it was used to treat inflamed gums, stomach ulcers, and fevers. In modern medicine, the ingredient is known for its powerful antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant therapeutic properties, among many others. // dermaxime.com