Most of us have had an acne episode at least once. You know, the skin eruptions and red little pimples that somehow appear out of nowhere at the most inopportune times.
What about you? Are you one of the few blessed ones who has never had to deal with the problems associated with this embarrassing problem? If you are, we officially hate you. (Insert smile).
I remember when I was a teen I would do everything in my power to avoid acne, but it seemed like the more I worked on the problem, the worse it became. I must admit, my acne wasn’t too bad and certainly wasn’t as bad as some of my classmates. But I was, unfortunately, the only one in my family that had acne as a teenager.
There were six of us, and I had to be the one with the acne. My younger sister had the most amazing skin – blemish free, silky, and glowing. She used to look at me as I methodically put lotions and potions on my face each night before bed, and she would tell me to just forget about all that stuff. I looked at her as if she was from Mars. I reasoned that she simply didn’t get it; how could she, she was blessed with perfect skin.
And like most teens, the acne quietly left as mysteriously as it came. Relief. I was fortunate because many people battle acne beyond their teen years. Some even develop acne in their adult years and can’t seem to get rid of it. In fact, the problem is so prevalent that there is a plethora of books, magazines, and other sources that offer remedies and various treatment plans. If you walk into a pharmacy, you would see an entire section dedicated to acne treatments.
And what is more confusing is all the contradictory information out there. Even medical doctors give advice that contradicts other medical doctors! No one seems to know why a person gets acne to begin with, and no one seems to know how to get rid of it. No wonder acne is so depressing and stressful.
So, here’s the million dollar question – Is there a way to get rid of acne? Is there a natural cure for acne? And if so, will something as simple as honey do the trick? Is honey good for acne?
Before we answer this question, let’s take a look at honey to see if it might be a good remedy for acne.
Acne happens when the pores in our skin become clogged and infected. When this happens the pores become loaded with bacteria, and this causes redness and inflammation. Although acne isn’t serious, it can cause permanent scarring and pitting of the skin.
Why honey is good for acne
Now keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at honey. Honey is antibacterial and antifungal. It releases small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, so it is an excellent product for infections. Honey is a natural humectant that keeps moisture on your skin, so it helps with balancing the oil production of the skin and helps to prevent dryness. It is loaded with beneficial enzymes and some vitamins and minerals. Many beautiful women down through the centuries have shared their beauty secret for healthy, gorgeous skin – honey.
Honey has been successfully used in many hospitals across Europe and the United States in the treatment of wounds and infections. It has been proven to be even better than some antibiotics!
So, honey is an excellent thing to use for most cases of acne! It is inexpensive, safe, and easy to use. But how?
Many acne soaps strip the skin of much-needed moisture and oil. This causes the skin to overcompensate and produce more oil, exacerbating the problem. Many have found great results by washing the face with raw honey (preferably manuka honey) only. It’s as simple as wetting your face, applying a teaspoon of raw honey, and massaging it gently. Afterward, just wash it off with warm water thoroughly.
To up the benefits, a combination of honey and cinnamon is very, very effective. Take a tablespoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and mix together to form a paste. Apply to a clean face and leave on for about an hour, then wash off. This will fortify the honey wash. You can even leave it on overnight if you want, but be warned you just might smell like apple pie and good enough to eat – just sayin’ :-). This treatment can be used just on specific problem area too. Done daily for about two weeks will really help eliminate or greatly improve the problem.
In order to help balance the skin’s ph and calm the skin, a mixture of 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 2/3 water used as a toner is good. Apply this toner after you have used the honey wash and/or the honey and cinnamon treatment.
If you are seeing results, but the acne hasn’t completely gone…
Honey is wonderful for helping to heal acne on the outside, but what about the inside? You could take honey internally, of course, but what are you eating, or better yet, not eating? Our skin is a mirror of what is going on inside of us. If we are having skin problems, there may be hormone issues, diet issues, stress, reaction to medicine or other substances we are ingesting, and the list goes on and on. In order to completely get rid of acne, it is important to look at what your skin is trying to tell you. Sometimes we are allergic to something and our skin is warning us by producing acne. An example of this is dairy. Are you allergic or have a sensitivity to milk, cheese or other dairy product? Many have stopped eating and drinking dairy and their conditions have resolved, almost overnight. Cystic acne, for example, tends to be allergy driven.
If you have done everything under the sun to eliminate acne, perhaps something as simple as drinking more water, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and getting more fresh air and exercise is all that is needed.
You would probably be absolutely shocked to find that almost ALL packaged foods sold in grocery stores today contain sugar! You would be hard pressed to find an item that doesn’t contain sugar, and processed sugar is toxic to your health. Try to eliminate sugar from your diet. Did I send you into a panic? Sugar is both addictive and harmful at the same time. But the good news is that there are many natural alternatives such as honey, coconut nectar, and even dark, delicious pure maple syrup. If processed food is your problem, start slowly by eliminating one item and replacing it with a natural alternative. You won’t miss it after a couple of weeks, I promise. Your health will be better, and you just might get rid of your acne for good.
In a nutshell:
- Wash your face with manuka honey instead of acne soaps
- Follow your wash with a honey and cinnamon treatment
- Apply an apple cider vinegar and water toner to calm and balance the skin
- Eliminate or reduce the amount of sugar and processed foods you are eating
- Eliminate dairy to see if this is causing your acne
So is honey good for acne? It certainly is; in fact, it has helped thousands of people to resolve their acne problems, and it just may be a remedy for you too!
How many of you have used honey to treat your acne? What have you used that you found to be effective? What is your natural cure for acne? Please share it with us in the comments below.