Acne and Raw Honey

Article by Brianna Mobilian

Honey was used for its medicinal purposes long before antibiotics were invented, and dates back to ancient times in civilization. Honey is making a comeback in the medical field, and is being awarded the credit that it deserves.

There are many scientific reasons why honey is effective in preventing and treating the embarrassing skin condition known as acne. Raw honey contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which are known to eliminate acne by destroying bacteria found in the skin. Honey works as a powerful cleansing agent that naturally eradicates acne while healing the skin. It pulls impurities directly from the skin. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties that allow it to reduce acne redness. Raw honey is also packed with antioxidants, so it is able to prevent free radical damage. Just like aloe vera, raw honey is able to treat burns and the wounds caused by acne.

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Honey dehydrates and eliminates bacterial cells by pulling water from them in what is known as the osmotic effect. Raw honey is able to produce low amounts of hydrogen peroxide in a chemical reaction. This happens when honey comes into contact with the skin due to the levels of sodium and high pH found in body fluids and the skin. A particular type of honey called Manuka Honey, which originates in New Zealand, is used for medical purposes. Raw honey is considered to be a natural alternative that works as an antibiotic. Honey is used to treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria when conventional methods of treatment do not work. Raw honey have been proven to promote healing, which substantiates how incredibly powerful it truly is.

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How to Use It:

Using honey as a method to treat acne is easy.

1. First, heat the honey to make it more liquidly. It is best to place the amount of honey you will use in a cup, and submerge the cup in a bowl full of hot water. This will allow the raw honey to heat pretty evenly. The heated honey will be used as a natural facial mask.
2. Next, apply it evenly to cleansed skin and allow it to penetrate into your skin for fifteen to twenty minutes before washing it off. As an alternative to using a honey facial mask, you may dab raw honey to problematic areas on the skin. It is safe to use honey on a daily basis.

Once you start using raw honey to treat your acne, you will experience the true phenomenon that it is.

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100630111037.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/
http://www.prlog.org/10227103-the-hydrogen-peroxide-producing-capacity-of-honey.html

Brianna Mobilian is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pre/Postal Specialist, Certified Postnatal Yoga Instructor, and passionate mother. She enjoys living her life as holistically as possible, and teaching her family and others to do the same.

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