We already known that acne is inflammatory condition mostly caused by bacteria Propionibacterium acnes. In order to reduce inflammation, irritation and pain we can apply the honey as mask itself or in combination with some other great nutrients like lemon, apple, cinnamon, garlic, yogurt and milk.
By all means you should eat honey every day, at least 3-5 tablespoons during the day. Good way to start your day is with 1-2 tablespoons of honey with some fruit or whole grains cereals. Also, good way to finish your day is with one tablespoon of honey, before going to bed.
Here are some great honey masks for acne treatment. However, before applying any type of mask you should clean your face. The best natural tonic is chamomile tea. Take a piece of cotton wool and dip it in lukewarm chamomile tea and gently clean your face.
1. Lemon and honey mask for acne
• 1 half of lemon (organic if possible)
• 1 tablespoons of honey
Preparation: squeeze the lemon and mix it with honey until it becomes homogeneous. Apply the mixture on clean acne and leave it on for 30 minutes. After that you should wash your face with warm water. Pat it dry.
Benefits: this mask will accelerate the healing process of inflammatory acne, prevent the new ones to develop, clear the skin from excessive oil and finally it will make your skin soft and smooth.
2. Apple and honey mask for acne
• 1 average size apple (organic if possible)
• 4 tablespoons of honey
Preparation: remove the apple seeds and mix the rest in blender. Add 4 tablespoons of honey and mix it until it becomes a homogeneous mixture. Apply the mask evenly on clean face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Now you can dry it out a little with cotton wool or napkin then wash it off with warm water, pat it dry.
Benefits: this mask gives the best result when it is used freshly prepared. Apple has great peeling characteristics and it will clean skin pores leaving the place for honey to eliminate bacteria, infection and reduce the inflammation.
3. Cinnamon and honey mask for acne
• 3 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
• 2 tablespoons of honey
Preparation: mix the cinnamon powder and honey until it becomes a homogeneous mixture. Apply the mask on clean face and leave it on for 30 minutes then wash it off with warm water, pat it dry. You can also leave the mask during the night and wash it off in the morning.
Benefits: cinnamon is a good exfoliator with great antioxidant, antimicrobial and antiviral characteristics and combined with honey becomes a powerful combination for fighting the acne.
4. Garlic, turmeric and honey mask for acne
• 6 garlic cloves (organic if possible)
• 3 tablespoons of honey
• 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric (spice also called curcuma or Indian saffron)
Preparation: peel and smash 6 garlic cloves, put it in a clean bowl or cup and mix it with 3 tablespoons of honey. Add half of teaspoon of turmeric spice. When you get the homogeneous mixture apply it on clean face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and pat it dry.You will feel burning sensation because of strong garlic and turmeric characteristics.
Benefits: garlic is a strong natural antibiotic with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is a strong antiseptic, analgesic with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This mask will clear your skin and make it soft, smooth and glowing. Be aware that turmeric has a strong color and it can leave stains on your face or clothes so don’t use more than a teaspoon.
These are only a few honey masks for acne treatment but they are really helpful and effective.
You should always do this when using the masks:
• always check if you are allergic to some of the ingredients int he mask you choose to use
• apply the mask once or twice per week
• wash your face before applying the mask (best with lukewarm chamomile tea)
• use only fresh prepared mask
• if it is possible use only organic ingredients
• do not use any kind of soap to wash your face after mask
• be patient and persistent, it will not magically clear your acne overnight
What is the best type of honey for acne treatment?
The most effective honey for acne treatment would be New Zealand’s Active Manuka Honey from the flower of Manuka bush. This is very strong and efficient type of honey because of high level and unique non-peroxide antibacterial activity. Today there are lots of brands of manuka honey but you should look for those with a label UMF 10, UMF 15, UMF 16+. It indicates the level of antibacterial strength. The higher number indicates the higher level of antibacterial activity. Manuka Honey is unaffected by heat or light, does not require moisture or oxygen to be effective and penetrates deep into skin tissue.
You can find a lot of testimonials on benefits of using Active Manuka Honey. The most effective manuka honey for acne is proven to be with UMF 16 -18 antibacterial strength. You can find this honey in a local ‘healthy store’ or you can simply by it on Amazon. These are the most popular ones with good reviews and happy customers.
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Watch this video about another honey mask for acne.