Honey masks for acne?
Acne is inflammatory condition. In order to reduce skin inflammation and irritation, use honey as a face mask. Either alone or in combination with other ingredients like lemon, apple, cinnamon, garlic, yogurt or milk.
Nevertheless, eating 3-5 tablespoons of honey every day is most benefitial for your health. For example, start your day with 1-2 tablespoons of honey mixed with fruits or whole grains cereals. Warm lemonade with honey is especially healthy. Finish your day with one tablespoon of honey, before going to bed.
First of all, before applying any type of mask you need to clean your face. For this purpose use plain chamomile tea as natural tonic. While chamomile tea is lukewarm take a piece of cotton wool and dip it in and gently clean your face.
1. Lemon and honey masks for acne
• 1 half of lemon (organic if possible)
• 1 tablespoons of honey
Preparation: First, squeeze the lemon and mix it with honey until it becomes homogeneous. Then apply the mixture on clean acne and leave it on for 30 minutes. After that you should wash your face with warm water. At the end gently pat it dry.
Benefits: This mask will accelerate the healing process of inflammatory acne and prevent new ones to develop. At the end it will clear your skin from excessive oil and finally it will make your skin soft and smooth.
2. Apple and honey masks for acne
• 1 average size apple (organic if possible)
• 4 tablespoons of honey
Preparation: First, remove the apple seeds then mix the rest in blender. Add 4 tablespoons of honey, mix it until it becomes a homogeneous mixture. Thereafter apply the mask evenly and leave it on for 15 minutes. Dry it out a little with cotton wool or napkin then wash it off with warm water. Finaly, pat it dry.
Benefits: This mask gives the best result when it is used freshly prepared. Apple has great peeling characteristics. Besides thath it will clean skin pores leaving the place for honey to eliminate bacteria, infection and reduce the inflammation.
3. Cinnamon and honey masks for acne
• 3 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
• 2 tablespoons of honey
Preparation: First, mix the cinnamon powder and honey until it becomes a homogeneous mixture. After that apply the mask on clean face and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and finally pat it dry. However, you can 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. At the same time combined with honey it becomes a powerful remedie for fighting the acne.
4. Garlic, turmeric and honey masks 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. Then put them in a clean bowl or cup and mix it with 3 tablespoons of honey. After that add half of teaspoon of turmeric spice. Mix it until you get homogeneous mixture. Next, apply the mask on clean face and leave it on for 10 minutes.
Afterwards, wash it off with warm water and pat it dry gently. As a result you will feel burning sensation because of strong garlic and turmeric characteristics.
Benefits: Garlic is a strong natural antibiotic with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric also is a strong antiseptic, analgetic with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Surely this mask will clear your skin, make it soft, smooth and glowing.
Since turmeric has a strong color it can leave stains on your face or clothes so don’t use more than a teaspoon.
After all these are only few honey masks for acne treatment. Nevertheless, they are really helpful and effective.
It is especially significant that you keep in mind following:
- Firstly, check are you allergic at mask ingredients.
- Secondly, apply the mask once or twice per week.
- Always wash your face before applying the mask (for instance with lukewarm chamomile tea).
- For best results use only fresh prepared masks.
- Always use organic ingredients whenever if possible.
- And of course carefully choose a soap for your face wash.
So, what is the best type of honey for acne treatment?
New Zealand’s Active Manuka Honey is the best one to use for acne treatment. It comes from the flower of Manuka bush. Since it has high level of unique natural hydrogen peroxide and antibacterial activity this honey is very strong and efficient.
Therefore, since there are lot of brands of manuka honey you should look for those with a label UMF 16, UMF 18. This indicates the level of antibacterial strength. Consequently, the higher number indicates the higher level of antibacterial activity.
On the other hand Manuka Honey is unaffected by heat or light. However it does not require moisture or oxygen to be effective. Furthermore it penetrates deep into the skin tissue. The most effective ones are with UMF 16 -18 antibacterial strength. Find it in a local ‘health store’ or simply by it on Amazon.
For instance, the most popular ones with good reviews and satisfied customers are these.
Watch this video about honey mask for acne.