Is Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum An Effective Natural Remedy for Pimples?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Sulfur’s harsh. But it gets the job done faster than anything else I’ve ever tried. Kinda worth the trade-off, you know what I mean?

But I’m always on the lookout for something that can deliver the same results without the dryness and irritation. Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum promised me just that. Did it deliver?

  • What’s In Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum?
  • Texture
  • Fragrance
  • How To Use It
  • Performance & Personal Opinion
  • Who Is This For?
  • Who Is This Not For?
  • Packaging
  • Does Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum Live Up To Its Claims?
  • Price & Availability
  • Do You Need It?
  • Dupes & Alternatives?

What’s In Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum?


Zinc PCA is the main acne-fighter in Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum. A very unique one at that.

Zinc PCA moisturises skin while keeping oil production under control. It works like this: the zinc part helps reduce the production of sebum and limit the proliferation of P.Acnes (the bacteria that gives you acne) while PCA helps skin retain moisture.


Skinwell DFA is made up of several ingredients:

  • Polyglyceryl-3-Caprylate: An emulsifier that keeps the formula from separating.
  • Phenoxyethanol: A preservative that keeps the formula free from bacteria contamination.
  • Alcohol Denat: It helps active ingredients better penetrate skin.
  • Polyglyceryl-4-Caprate: An emollient that makes skin softer and smoother.
  • Bisabolol: The soothing agent in chamomile, it calms down redness and irritation.
  • Glyceryl Laurate: Another emollient that makes skin softer and smoother.
  • P-Ani-Sic-Acid: A preservative that works against fungi. It also helps mask unpleasant odours.

I’m not sure why Salcura emphases Skinwell DFA so much. The only thing here that works a little against acne is bisabolol.

And even that can only reduce the redness and irritation that comes along with pimples, not the pimple itself…


Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum also contains a small amount of tea tree oil, a natural acne fighter.

Derived from the Australian plant melaleuca alternifolia, Tea Tree Oil is an antimicrobial agent that kills P.Acnes, the bacteria that causes acne. Plus, it reduces inflammation.


Like most Salcura products, Antiac Activ Gel Serum is loaded with essential oils that can irritate sensitive skin. And acne-prone skin IS sensitive.


A lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion that leaves no greasy residue behind.


Herbal. Personally, I don’t like it. It’s pretty much a “love it or hate it” scent. I know people who dig it and others who think it stinks big time!

How To Use It

Apply on pimples as soon as they rear their ugly heads. Reapply every few hours until it goes away.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum didn’t really work for me. Or better, it did the best it could. Here’s what I mean.

This spot treatment did help to reduce redness. After a few hours, my pimple didn’t look so angry anymore. It also helped with soreness a little.

But it didn’t really make my pimple smaller or get rid of it. And yes, I did reapply it a couple of times throughout the day. The anti-acne actives are too mild to do much of anything.

In the end, I had to go back to sulfur to make that pimple disappear. I’m not sure I want to cheat on it again…


Salcura Antiac Activ Gel Serum comes in a sleek white tube with a pointed tip. Sleek and practical.

Do You Need It?

No. It may work at reducing the symptoms associated with pimples. But wouldn’t you want to get rid of them too while you’re at it?!


Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Grape See Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil), Panthenol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sea Buckthorn Extract (Hippophae Rhamnoides Kernel Extract), Polyglyceryl-3 Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Arginine, Zinc PCA, Potassium Hydroxide, Tea Tree Leaf Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil), Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil), Limonene, Sweet Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil), Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Eucalyptus Leaf Oil (Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil), p-Anisic Acid, Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia Oil), Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil), Bisabolol, Glyceryl Laurate, Linalool, Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Oil), Manuka Oil (Leptospermum Scoparium Branch/Leaf Oil), Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita Oil), Citral, Geraniol, Beta-Carotene.

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