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Use Manuka honey to treat your acne

Updated on May 21, 2013


I had very bad acne in my early teenage years. I would always buy drugstore brands such as Neutrogena and Clean & Clear to treat my acne, expecting better results. However, my skin would become very dry and my pimples would suddenly pop, bleed and turn into scars. I became self conscious that I never left the house without wearing any foundation. After years of using products that were too harsh for my skin, I decided to give my skin a break.

I began to realise that I had sensitive skin at the beginning of 2011 when I purchased the Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash. Although it smelt nice, I noticed that the product was actually making my acne worse. My acne became larger that it swelled up, leaving huge bumps on my face. It was not pretty! So I had to stop using the face wash otherwise more scars would appear on my face.

Luckily, I stumbled upon a Youtube Guru who was passionate about detoxing and organic food. I decided to take her advice. I was spending so much money on face cleansers that were full of chemicals. I realised that I did not need to waste money on these unnecessary products.

Method for using honey as a face cleanser

1. Tie your hair back and use a headband to prevent the honey from sticking on your hair.

2. Remove your makeup and wash your face with warm water to open up your pores

4. Use a teaspoon to scoop a small amount of honey from the tub. This is more hygienic than dipping your fingers in the tub of honey.

5. Use your fingers to scoop out the honey on the teaspoon. Spread the honey on your face and massage your face in circular motions.

6. Let the honey sit for about 3-5 minutes. Otherwise let the honey sit for 15 minutes as a face mask.

7. Wash the honey off with warm water. You will notice that the honey washes off easily.

8. Finally, rinse your face with cool water to close your pores.

9. Do this at least once a day. It is also gentle enough to use the honey as a face cleanser twice a day.

You may experience a transition period where your acne starts appearing more in the first week or two. Just picture it this way. Honey has antibacterial properties that will get deep into your pores. The honey is bringing all your acne onto the surface of your skin while effectively cleaning your pores. Overtime, you will notice a huge improvement.

My Experience using Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is my go to product each time I start to see pimples appearing on my face which is usually at that time of the month. Honey treats my acne by reducing its size and it prevents my acne from bleeding. It has also prevented scars from developing on my face. My parents have noticed a huge difference in my skin. Read my article on The 10 Amazing benefits of honey.

If you or your teenagers suffer from acne, I suggest that you try honey. It is best to use organic honey or Manuka honey from New Zealand. The products listed below are excellent brands to use. Using honey leaves your skin feeling moisturised, smooth and it gives your skin a healthy glow. Not only does it do a good job as a face cleanser, it lightens your blemishes because it has its own natural hydrogen peroxide and honey is also an anti ageing ingredient.

People spend so much money on brands such as Proactiv because people rely on it, expecting positive results. But with my experience using honey, I have stayed away from face cleansers for good. It is the best feeling to be able to go out and let your skin breathe, without having to cover your face with makeup.


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      Mayor61 4 years ago

      I have pretty bad skin: at 30 I have to use acne medication... That aside, my skin is so sensitive that I often get huge problems with my skin starting to painfully peel off. Needless to say, I'm not very keen on face washes. I've tried some before, but they were so irritating and caused break outs.

      The only thing my sensitive skin can use is the Made From Earth Grapefruit Glycolic Wash. First, micro-beads are big, so even if you scrub a lot, they won't scratch you. Second, I did not notice any break outs after using this product every other day for a month now and my skin looks much more radiant and feels really smooth.

      I'm one of those people who really need to use sensitive skin products, but I' trying to move away from Clinique to more natural/organic like Made From Earth.

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      smiileyfacexo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi. Sorry for the very late reply. It's normal to get more pimples in the first week. It might even take longer. It's just getting used to the whole process. Unless your generally allergic to honey. How is it going for you?

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      Zaika 5 years ago

      Ok, i will recommend this...


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      honeylover 5 years ago

      i have been trying the manuka honey for a week now and i'm getting pimples more than usual. please tell me what should i do? shall i keep on using it to get the results?

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      smiileyfacexo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes it is possible. I always tell people that we try new products all the time so why not try this natural alternative. Anything organic such as oranges and green tea, I have used on my face lol but this works the best for me.

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      smiileyfacexo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi =) Manuka honey is a type of honey only found in New Zealand (Manuka is New Zealand's native tree). It is recognised internationally because it contains unique phytochemical properties, making it more valuable and superior than other types of honey. People buy Manuka Honey because it is one of the most healthiest to eat and it works well. Some Manuka honey is better than others depending on its UMF factor. "The higher the UMF level, the higher the level of anti-bacterial benefits." Read about UMF here

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I didn't know this was possible but it sounds like it might work. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      alipuckett 6 years ago

      This is so interesting! I'd definitely like to try it. I've never hear of 'Manuka' honey. Is it a particular brand?