Using honey for acne treatment is a natural and safe way to regain soft, clear skin without relying on expensive chemical-based products. While over the counter acne products can be helpful for severe, recurring acne, in many cases these products are too strong for the average pimple outbreak. Natural remedies, such as honey, are great options for those seeking a cost-effective, gentle acne treatment that can be used as frequently as desired. Honey is an especially effective natural acne remedy because it has strong antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it has been used throughout history to prevent wounds from becoming infected and to speed up the healing process. It has also been used to minimize and smooth scars, which is also great news for individuals who scar easily after a particularly severe pimple.
There are many ways that the antibacterial properties of honey can be used to treat and prevent acne outbreaks. The following suggestions are just a few ways that you can utilize pure, raw honey to treat, prevent, and replenish your skin. Once you have tried a few techniques, you might even give in to a creative instinct and concoct a mixture or regimen that works best for your own skin type.
1. Rejuvenating Honey Face Scrub
Face scrubs are seldom given due respect. Although bacteria is one factor in the pimple formula, the other major contributor is pore-clogging matter. This “gunk” is often a cocktail of dead cells that have failed to fall away from the skin’s surface, sebum oil, and everyday elements that happen to be floating in the air, like dust and dirt. Everyday cleansers can have trouble cleaning out blocked pores because they simply cannot get past the thickened material at the opening of the pore. This means that bacteria trapped deep within a pore will be allowed to spread unhindered.
Before using your favorite cleanser, or in lieu of cleansing, consider whipping up an easy and effective face scrub. Any basic scrub can be made using a smooth liquid element and a fine scrubbing agent. To ease yourself into the territory of homemade exfoliates, try putting together a rejuvenating honey face scrub that is safe for all skin types. All you need for this recipe are the following ingredients: 2 teaspoons of strong-brewed, cooled green tea, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and 5 teaspoons of sugar (you may use either granulated white sugar or brown sugar as they both work well). Mix all of these ingredients together in a small dish. Wet your face with cool water and apply the scrub directly to the skin. You may use a cotton ball to work the mixture over the area in a circular motion or you can get right in there and use your fingertips to create a massage effect. Use a light and gentle rubbing technique for about 15 seconds and then allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Initially, you may want to use this exfoliate twice each week and gauge how your body reacts to the treatment. You may be able to dial back your usage to one time each week or even bi-weekly, depending on your skin type.
2. Warming Honey-Cinnamon Face Mask
This face mask is perfect for acne-prone individuals, but may generally be used by anyone except those with highly sensitive skin. This face mask creates a gorgeous warming effect that is especially comforting during the cooler months of the year. In this mask, honey works as the antibacterial agent that eliminates surface bacteria and also reduces inflammation (swelling and redness) in existing pimples. The cinnamon is a light exfoliate but its primary purpose in the face mask is to add plumpness and a rosy glow. This is particularly popular for use in people who have undesirable dips and creases in the skin, such as wrinkles or hollow, tired-looking spaces under the eyes.
This recipe requires only two ingredients: 3 teaspoons of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Mix these ingredients together and apply them directly to your face. You can use a cotton ball or your fingers to do so. Try to avoid rubbing the mixture in as this could cause irritation. Instead, using a smoothing motion to spread the concoction over the surface being treated. Lay flat on your back and allow gravity to naturally pull the thick mixture into your skin. You can remain like this anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes before rinsing the mask away with lukewarm water. Cinnamon can be slightly irritating to some skin types, so you may want to do a patch test in a discreet location on your body in which you apply the mix to a small part of your body using the same technique that is described above. If you do not develop an adverse reaction within the next 24 hours then you’re good to go with the facial application.
3. Milk and Honey Rinse
Milk and honey is a time-tested marriage that is still used in many skin care and beauty products today. It is said that Cleopatra would have a daily soak in a milk and honey bath in order to keep her skin smooth, supple, and hydrated. While bathing in this mixture may be something worth trying eventually, let’s start with using this remedy on the face. Milk is great for reducing pore size, smoothing and moisturizing the epidermis, soothing irritation, and brightening the surface layers. When you combine these traits with honey’s ability to eliminate bacteria, you have a recipe for an acne-kicking, skin softening rinse.
To make this rinse, mix two tablespoons of milk with one teaspoon of honey. If you like a thicker or thinner cleanser then you may adjust the milk to honey ratio to suit your own taste. Splash your face with cool water and then use your hands to massage this homemade rinse into your face using outward circular motions. Rinse away the concoction with lukewarm water. If you require a toner afterward, consider using pure aloe vera gel or apple cider vinegar.
4. Honey-Lemon Acne Scar Treatment
If you have been permanently marked by acne outbreaks from the past, then you should give this honey and lemon acne scar treatment a try. Granted, it does take a few months before results may become visible, but that is often the case even with prescription-strength scar creams. In this recipe, lemon is the major player in lightening the appearance of acne scars (as well as freckles and other oddly-colored patches of skin). Honey will prevent the lemon juice from drawing too much moisture from the skin and can also help to soften tough scar tissue.
To make this treatment, simply combine 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey with one-half teaspoon of lemon juice. As lemon juice is very acidic and may cause irritation in sensitive individuals, it is recommended that you do a patch test before applying this mixture to your face. Use a cotton ball to smooth the honey and lemon juice over large scars or patches of darkened skin. For a finer application you may find it easier to use a cotton swab or your fingertip. Allow the mixture to sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing it away with water.