The idea of slathering sticky honey on your face for acne probably isn’t very appealing. But Manuka honey isn’t any old honey. This specialty food from New Zealand does wonders for overall skin and acne. Here’s how this all natural treatment works and how you can use it for your own stubborn acne, too.
Manuka honey is a popular go-to food for people who want to fight colds and get allergy relief. But how does honey help with acne?
According to dermatologist, Karen Hammerman, M.D., Manuka honey’s “anti-inflammatory effects can decrease acne inflammation, and as an antibacterial, it leaves few bacteria to infect pores and cause acne.”
What’s more, this honey helps to gather up all the old dead skin cells so you’re complexion looks refreshed rather than dull and spiritless.
This all sounds great, but how are you supposed to apply sticky honey to your face?
Manuka honey for acne spots
As soon as you notice a pimple, apply a small amount of honey directly on the pimple, and let it be for a little while before rinsing the honey off with warm water.
Manuka honey as a facial cleanser
As an overall acne preventative and treatment, you can use Manuka honey as a cleanser, too. Just blend about one tablespoon of honey with warm water, and apply this sweet and hydrating cleanser to your face with gentle, circular motions.
When purchasing your Manuka honey, look for the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) marking. This is a grading system that ensures the honey is authentic and high quality – exactly what you want for your face.