People always ask me, “does honey help acne?” The short answer is, yes! Since ancient times people have used honey for acne and a host of other ailments. This little miracle food is one of mother nature’s best kept secrets. Queen Cleopatra of ancient Egypt took a daily beauty bath in a tub of milk and honey. She new about honey’s cosmetic benefits!
Honey is pretty amazing. It can treat wounds, burns, ulcers, boost your immune system, and a lot more. It’s full of essential ingredients, vitamins, and minerals. It’s an incredibly strong antibiotic, killing bacteria in some cases that modern medicine can’t even handle, such as the bacteria found in chronic wounds. It’s grate for allergies. It’s full of antioxidants, and it’s even anti-inflammatory. Wow, right?
Why Use Honey For Acne?
So, this stuff’s great, but why use honey for acne? Honey acne treatments work well for several reasons. First, honey helps kill the bacteria that cause acne. Honey has an osmotic effect meaning it likes to absorb water. If you put honey on acne, it will absorb the water in the wound. This kills the bacteria because they need water too.
Honey is pretty amazing. It can treat wounds, burns, ulcers, boost your immune system, and a lot more.
The water absorbed by the honey triggers a chemical reaction causing the honey to release hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a great antiseptic which helps kill even more bacteria.
Also, honey is relatively acidic, which helps to prevent the growth of bacteria. Honey helps reduce the redness associated with acne because it’s an anti-inflammatory. The antioxidants in honey help prevent damage from free radicals. I could go on, but I think you get the point. So, let’s continue!
Which Honey Is Best For Acne?
The best honey for acne (and best for health purposes in general) is Manuka honey(WebMD). Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand is where the Manuka bush grows naturally, and the honey is collected by beekeepers who build hives in the wild near areas where these bushes grow naturally.
The reason I recommend Manuka honey for acne is because it has been shown to have an additional antibacterial quality that all other honeys lack. This incredible property of Manuka honey is not fully understood yet, and is referred to as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).
Honey Acne Treatments
The two most common ways to use honey for acne is to apply it directly to the face in a mask or some sort of spot treatment, or to take the honey as a dietary supplement with the goal of improving your overall health and helping your skin from the inside out. Here are a few different acne treatments that use honey.
Honey Masks For Acne
There are a ton of different ways to use honey for acne facial masks. You can easily combine it with almost any other acne mask out there, or use it by itself. Here are several great honey masks for acne that you can try:
Plain Honey Mask
- Heat the honey to make it more liquid and easier to work with. The best way to do this is to put some honey in a cup, then put the cup in a pan of water and heat the water over a stove. You can also use a microwave, just go slow so you don’t make a gooey mess in your microwave.
- Rub the honey on your acne, or entire face.
- Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash it off.
Apple Honey Mask
- ½ Medium apple (remove the seeds)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Put the apple in a blender and blend it into a pulp.
- Add 2 tablespoons of honey.
- Blend it together into an even mixture.
- Apply the paste to your entire face.
- Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash it off.
Cinnamon Honey Mask
- Cinnamon powder
- Heat the honey a little bit to make it more liquid and easier to work with.
- Mix the cinnamon and honey into a uniform paste.
- Apply the paste to your acne, or your whole face.
- Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash it off.
Other Honey Masks
You can combine honey with all kinds of ingredients. Just make it the same way as any of the masks we already talked about. Heat the honey. Add other ingredients, etc. Here is a list of some popular ingredients to combine with honey:
- Aloe Vera
- Cream cheese
- Egg white
- Egg yolk
- Heavy Cream
- Lemon (juice)
- Orange (juice)
- Wheat germ
Compliment Your Honey Treatment With Other Natural Acne Treatments
It is often beneficial to combine multiple natural remedies when treating one’s acne. Unlike many traditional medications (which may have adverse side affects when combined) you can combine a number of natural treatments without any trouble. You may even find that they work better when combined.
Also, you may want to reassess your diet, lifestyle, and other factors to see if they could be contributing to your acne problem. If these things are not in balance, you may unwittingly be creating an “acne environment” in your body.
You could try treating the outward symptoms of acne (like red irritated and broken-out skin) all day long, but if you don’t actively try to fix these imbalances in your diet and lifestyle you may never become truly free of acne.
If you want to try healing your acne from the inside out by eliminating this “acne environment”, then take a look at Acne No More. It’s a step-by-step guide that teaches how to use diet, detoxification, cleansing, stress management, exercise, and other treatment options.
I like it because it eliminates the cause of acne instead of just managing the symptoms, not to mention most people report a modest improvement in overall health from the diet and lifestyle changes…
Eat Honey For Acne
Eating honey each day is a great way to improve your overall health and help your acne. You give your body a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and much more. It can even help with allergies.
I recommend using raw unprocessed honey whenever possible, because you will get the benefit of all the pollens and other goodies that is removed by processing. If you can find locally grown honey that’s even better, because it will be full of all the local pollens. By eating these pollens you can reduce your allergic reaction to them by slowly building up a resistance.
Try to eat 1 tablespoon of honey each day. You can put it on toast, muffins, pancakes, in hot chocolate, a million other things, or my personal favorite, in a cup of green tea. Green tea is also great for acne, so drink a cup a day with 1 tablespoon of honey and you will see a big improvement in your acne.
That’s all I have about honey. I hope you learned some useful things. If you have ever used honey for acne or just in general, please tell us about it. Let’s keep helping each other learn new ways to treat acne. Good luck!