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Honey acne

Updated on October 21, 2013

Honey For Acne

There has been a lot of talk, as to the benefits of honey for acne, for your skin. When I was a teenager I suffered from acne. It wasn't as bad as some at my school but kept the smile off my dial for a good two years.

Without doubt, acne is probably the worst thing that can happen to a teenager. Most will get some acne, some will suffer terribly with it and can at the same time do all sorts of damage to their skin for the future, trying in desperation commercial treatments that are full of chemicals.

Most commercial treatments are to dry the adolescent's naturally oily skin. This can indeed set the scene for later years if this drying treatment has an effect with the summer sun. In fact it can cause severe scarring if the acne is bad enough.

As a teenager, nobody had considered that honey for acne could be beneficial. This has only being discovered over the last couple of years with doctors using honey acne for all sorts of skin uses, especially for the quick repair of scar tissue.

We are not discussing though about your everyday honey for acne cure, the type of honey that you buy at your local supermarket, but rather genuine Manuka honey from New Zealand. Manuka honey is special only to New Zealand as the Manuka plant is a native to New Zealand.

This is the only honey that will help you.

The very special Manuka flower, that has special properties for curing acne, that Bees love
The very special Manuka flower, that has special properties for curing acne, that Bees love

What is Acne and Why Me?

Acne develops through puberty due to the fact that hair starts growing through the pores of our skin. We all have oil glands beneath the skin. The glands are connected by small canals and in puberty with the advent of facial hair growth for the first time, the hair follicles can stimulate excess oil beneath the skin to block the skin pores.

Acne not only occurs on the face, but the neck, back, shoulders and chest. When the pores get blocked by a plus of oil bacteria forms and voila - An irritated pimple.

Why its worse in some rather than others can depend on all sorts of reasons. Boys normally get much worse acne than girls, but this is generally because boys grow facial hair and girls don't (well not until later). It mostly depends on genes and climate as well. Just as some will be bald by middle age and some wont. Unfortunately there's no preventative, such as applying honey for acne before puberty. Acne is just a breakout upon puberty and then the fights on.

Acne can be so debilitating though that the sufferer wont even want to leave the home while he or she suffers from it. This of course can have lasting social consequences.

This Product is a combination of Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil

How does Honey Help Acne?

How will honey for acne help? Quite honestly nobody really knows. Manuka honey is much darker in color compared to other honey's like clover honey and has been medically tested to have vastly more antibacterial properties than normal honey. It has a very rich flavor.

A strong part of the make up of honey is hydrogen Peroxide. This gives honey its antibacterial powers. however, Manuka honey for acne also has other components that other honey doesn't. Manuka honey also has something called MG, methylglyoxal. Another compound found in Manuka flowers is dihydroxyacetone. This compound combined with hydrogen peroxide is what gives Manuka honey much stronger antibacterial powers than any other honey and therefore a much better cure for honey for acne.

However, some Manuka honey that's marketed does not have the same healing powers on honey acne that another Manuka honey may have. For this reason scientists have produced a scale that Manuka honey producers must adhere to to identify the strength of their honey.

The rating is called UMF which stands for Unique Manuka Factor. To be beneficial as honey for acne, the scale must be above the level of 10. Once above this level, the honey may be marketed as UMF Manuka honey or Active Manuka Honey. Once you see this on the side of the bottle you'll know that you have the right product for honey for acne.

Honey Acne Use

The correct honey for acne product and application really depends on the extent of your acne. If you have mild acne, then you are probably best to buy a small pot of Manuka honey and dab it on your blemishes with a cotton wool bud. It's of course quite sticky so you could wear it overnight as a quick cure for honey for acne by applying a small band aid over the top.

If your acne is quite bad and in several areas at the same time then you are best to purchase the product above that's a combination of honey and oil in the same bottle. This isn't as sticky and can be used as often as you like. It also has a pleasant aroma. Honey for acne cure is longer term because it's not as concentrated as the Manuka Honey product but at least you will be on top of it as a longer term cure.

Honey Acne Mask

Honey For Acne Mask

Now here's a great idea for honey for acne cure and that's simply a honey mask that you can wear in bed and wake up in the morning hopefully with a totally clear complexion. This mask is made in New Zealand and contains both Rotorua Mud (Used by many New York skin therapists for its healing properties) and Manuka Honey.


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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for the info, Jerry. I'll check it out.

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      Jerry Fisher 2 years ago from Wellington

      Yeah it could be Janis according to some recent UK student research that Manuka honey is only good for wounds and nothing else (that is by digesting it). You could check this out on the net. It wasn't especially scientific but was a bit of an eye opener given its expense.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      I actually have a product called "Wound Honey," made with manuka honey. I will definitely pull it out and use it when I have the occasionally irritating breakout. Thanks for a very informative article. Thumbs up.