Using Manuka Honey To Treat Acne

22 January 2015
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If you have acne and are looking for a natural way to treat it, then Manuka honey may be the right option for you. Manuka honey is loaded with antibacterial properties that not only cleanse the skin, but also gives it an even tone. Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and is produced by bees who feed on the manuka bush that grows throughout the country. The quality of Manuka honey is measured on a numeric scale. Manuka honey that has a score of sixteen is the best type to use on your skin for the treatment of acne.

Use It As A Cleanser

Manuka honey is sticky, so if you don't like the idea of keeping it on your skin then you can apply it in the same way that you would apply soap or another cleanser to the face, rub it into the skin for at least half a minute and then wash it off. You can also mix Manuka honey into your regular facial cleanser and use it to wash your face as well.

Use it As A Mask

Manuka honey is a very effective mask for the soothing and removal of acne. In order to use it as a mask, you will need to apply about two teaspoons of it to the face and gently massage it in. Leave it on your face for about an hour before rinsing it off. You can also steam the face after application so that the antibacterial properties have a chance to get into the pores of the skin. You can steam your face by filling a large bowl or basin with steaming hot water and using a towel to create a tent over your head while you hang your face over the bowl or basin. Steam the face for about ten minutes.

Use it As An Overnight Treatment

You can apply Manuka honey to the skin and leave it on overnight. Use at least two teaspoons of the honey and apply it liberally to the face and then massage it in for about thirty seconds. This treatment can get a bit sticky and may damage sheets, so it is best that you use an old sheet and pillowcase on your bed the night when you use this. You may also set aside a special sheet and pillowcase for this purpose.

Before you start to use Manuka honey on your face, it is best to test it on an area of the skin. Negative reactions are rare, but you should still make sure that you are not allergic to any of its properties.