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by Christine GlasgowNovember 22, 2016

There are as many different treatments and remedies for acne as there are forms of acne and types of people who suffer from it. So many in fact it gets rather confusing. Which treatments will work for me? Will this treatment – or that treatment – work on blackheads as well as cystic acne? How can I effectively treat my acne without spending a small fortune on products that don’t work?

The simple fact is that, so far anyway, there is no one size fits all, magic bullet cure for acne. And what worked for your friend, or even someone with a genetic connection, like your sister or your Mom, may not work quite as well for you. What I’m basically saying is that yes, I know, treating acne is not always easy.


Types of Acne Treatment 

Although there are all kinds of acne treatments out there it is possible to break them down into basic categories:

  • In office dermatologists treatments
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter acne treatments
  • Natural, or home remedy, acne treatments

Each of these types of acne treatments also has its own set of pros and cons:

  • In office dermatologist treatments, can be very effective but also very expensive
  • Prescription medications can help with tough acne cases but they can have some nasty side effects.
  • Over the counter treatments can be a cheap and effective alternative to prescription meds but they vary in price and quality a great deal
  • Natural or home remedies can be more effective than people think, but not all of them work for everyone and it can be hard to know which are effective and which are just ‘old wives’ tales’.

For many people though, especially those who are younger, have less disposable income and/or no prescription drug coverage – or don’t like the idea of taking too many medicines – the idea of finding effective, but affordable, acne treatments has them hurrying to study up on natural cures for acne. And when they do, one of the first they are likely to read or hear about is honey.

Why is Honey an Effective Treatment for Acne?

If you suffer with acne even occasionally you have probably taken the time to find out about the basic causes of acne. If you haven’t here it is in a nutshell, acne, with the exception of some forms of hormonal acne, are basically caused by a combination of excess sebum (natural oil) dead skin cells, dirt, dust and environmental contaminants and bacteria.

The chances are that you are asking yourself at this point just what a sticky, sweet substance like honey, something you are probably more used to spreading on your toast or adding to your tea, could possibly do to help combat problem acne when it seems to be a rather complicated problem. The answer is quite a lot:

  • Honey has natural antibiotic properties, so it can help to prevent and heal infection
  • Honey also has antibacterial properties so it can help fight acne causing bacteria
  • Because it is a natural anti-inflammatory honey helps reduce pimple redness and swelling
  • Honey is a natural moisturizer that can help minimize the appearance of acne scarring

What Kind of Honey is Best to Treat Acne?

So, should you just head to the grocery store and pick up an economy size jar of honey? Well, not quite.

The honey that is commonly sold in stores for food consumption is heavily processed, something that makes it last longer and taste a little sweeter. All this processing however strips the honey of many of the natural properties it contains that fight acne.

Raw Honey

Raw honey, on the other hand, is neither pasteurized or processed and so still has all of its acne fighting powers. You can buy raw honey at health food stores, at some larger grocery stores (Whole Foods, Trader Joes etc.) and, if you are lucky enough to have one nearby from a beekeeper themselves.

While it is a little more expensive than standard processed honey raw honey is long lasting when stored correctly, so one bottle or jar will go a long way.

Manuka Honey 

There is one more type of honey that has become very popular in beauty and natural beauty circles; manuka honey.

Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and is made exclusively from the honeycombs of bees who only pollinate the manuka bushes, bushes that are from the same horticultural family as the tea tree. This means that in addition to all of the other great things that honey can do to fight acne this adds anti-microbial effects.

The downside however is that manuka honey is expensive and quite hard to find in North America right now. If you can find it though, and suffer from severe acne, especially cystic acne, it is a great investment.


How to Use Honey Treatments to get Rid of Acne 

So now that I have given you the lowdown on just how honey can help you in your battle against acne and shared a little shopping advice, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty; how to use honey to treat, prevent and get rid of acne.


1. Using Raw Honey to Spot Treat Acne

Sometimes you just have one or two stubborn acne pimples that you want gone as soon as possible. In this scenario spot treating them individually with raw honey can be very effective.

  • Place a dab of your chosen honey on small plate or saucer.
  • Using a clean cotton ball or cotton bud dab the honey onto the pimple you need to treat
  • Leave on for 30 minutes
  • Rinse the honey off using lukewarm water
  • Repeat the treatment every other day for the best results


2. Using a Honey and Cinnamon Mix to Get Rid of Acne 

If you have particularly stubborn acne to treat adding cinnamon into the mix can help clear them up faster, as cinnamon shares many of the same properties as honey does.

  • On a small plate, combine a small pinch of cinnamon powder with a generous dab of honey.
  • Mix the honey and the cinnamon together using a clean cotton bud.
  • Apply the paste to pimples individually
  • Leave in place for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Repeat the treatment once daily until the pimple(s) are healed completely


3. Using Honey as an Acne Mask

A mask can be a very effective skincare treatment in general, so it stands to reason that a once weekly mask that harnesses the power of honey, along with a few other acne fighting ingredients, is a great treatment to fight acne of all kinds while also helping to reduce the appearance of existing acne scars.

What You’ll Need 

  • 2 tablespoons of raw or manuka honey
  • 2-3 fresh strawberries
  • 3-4 drops lemon juice

How It’s Done

  • In a small bowl, using a fork, mash strawberries until you have a lumpy paste
  • Mix in honey
  • Dropper in lemon juice
  • Mix well until you are left with a smooth paste
  • Apply the paste to your entire face
  • Leave in place for 15 minutes
  • Rinse mask off with lukewarm water
  • Follow with a cold rinse to close pores
  • Repeat once a week for the best results


4. Nutmeg Honey Mask to Get Rid of Acne Scars 

As I mentioned earlier, honey can also be very effective to help reduce the appearance of acne scars. Again, the most effective way to do this is to use honey as a part of a weekly use mask. The addition of nutmeg adds a substance that has both anti-inflammatory and skin lightening properties that can really get to work on stubborn acne scars when combined with honey.

What You’ll Need 

  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg powder
  • 1/ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

How It’s Done 

  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well
  • When you have a smooth paste, apply to the whole face
  • Leave in place for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Follow with a cold rinse to close the pores
  • Repeat once a week


5. Eat Honey to Boost Acne Treatments

Taking honey internally – i.e. eating it – boosts the effectiveness of all of these acne treatments and is also a general wellness booster. You don’t need to eat a jar full to get the best effects, you can get great results with as little as a tablespoon a day.

I personally think that honey is delicious stuff and have no problem downing a tablespoon full of honey every day. I know however that not everyone feels that way so here are a few other ways of add honey into your daily diet:

  • Use honey in place of butter on your morning toast
  • Use honey as a healthy substitute for sugar in your tea or coffee (it adds just the right amount of sweetness)
  • Add honey to a pot of your favorite yogurt
  • Use honey in your baking. Honey glazed ham or pork chops, for example, taste wonderful and honey barbecue chicken wings are the best!

And now I want to hear from you. Have you tried honey to treat acne? If so which of the treatments did you find to be most effective?

Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.
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