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Even though honey contains moisturizing properties, it is nonetheless a very effective acne treatment. It is easy to use honey at home to reduce acne or help prevent new pimples from forming.
Right Type of Honey
Raw organic honey should be used over regular honey. That is because this type of honey is thicker and has no impurities in it since chemicals were not used in beehives. This type of honey might also contain bits of the honeycomb, and this will be useful in cleansing. Raw organic honey can be purchased from a health food store and should be labeled as such. It can generally be distinguished by its color, which is a light brown rather than being white or clear.
Applying a Mask
The best way to use honey as an acne treatment is by applying it as a mask. To do this, simply wet the skin with a bit of water and then place some honey on the fingertips. Begin at the forehead and apply honey in short even strokes, until the area is completely covered. Continue working downward, covering the nose, each cheek, the chin and neck. Honey can be applied underneath the eyes, but the eyelids should be avoided. Leave this mask on for around 10 to 15 minutes and then wash off thoroughly with a warm washcloth.
Honey Oatmeal Mask
Some people find that honey tends to slide off their face. Adding oatmeal can be a great way to make sure it adheres to the skin’s surface. Oatmeal has an added advantage in that it also helps exfoliate the skin. To use a honey oatmeal mask, simply mix equal parts of honey and oatmeal in order to form a paste. Apply this to the skin and leave in place for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off.
Honey can be used as a spot treatment for acne in between masks. After dipping a cotton swab in honey, simply dab the top of a pimple and allow the honey to remain in place for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off. This tends to work especially well on pus-filled pimples that are just below the surface of the skin. The reason is that honey contains antibacterial properties, so it removes infection and therefore helps eliminate pimples.
Raw organic honey is somewhat expensive to purchase, so many people are put off by this acne treatment because of its cost. Honey can also be rather messy to use and requires extensive cleanup. People who are allergic to bee stings may not be able to use this treatment method because honey might cause them to break out even worse than they did before. Those who are not sure whether they have an allergy to bee stings should try a honey mask on a small patch of skin before fully applying it to the face.
Those who have successfully tried honey claim that it not only reduces acne, but also helps to tighten sagging skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Honey can be an effective acne treatment that can be used as often as needed to improve the overall condition of the skin.