CAN YOU USE HONEY AS A HOME REMEDY TO TREAT ACNE?


Honey is often touted as an effective remedy for sore throat, cold or cough. But did you know that it can also be used to treat acne? It contains natural antibacterial properties that make it suitable to soothe inflamed skin and acne. It is full of antioxidants, vitamin B and other minerals which can reduce the redness on your skin. 

However, honey isn’t an all magical ingredient that can cure your acne and prevent future ones from popping up. You still need to see a dermatologist and get your acne medically treated especially if your acne is serious. But if you have one acne that suddenly popped up and need a quick fix, honey is the home remedy you can quickly reach for to reduce the inflammation. 

Does that mean that any honey works? 

Unfortunately, no. You should be using honey which is labelled as one of the following: 

    • Raw
    • Natural 
    • Unprocessed
    • Unheated

For honey to be effective for treating acne, you should only use honey with these labels as those honey which are treated loses its antibacterial properties, making them ineffective. 

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1. Zinc Supplements

Zinc is an important nutrient the body needs for the growth of cells, production of hormones, metabolism as well as the immune system. Studies have shown that taking zinc supplements orally can be beneficial for clearing the skin from acne. Though zinc is good for the body, it can have side effects if overconsumed. The recommended daily dosage of zinc intake is not more than 40mg. 


2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been well known to treat pimples as well as any open wounds due to its antibacterial properties. Though it does not act as quickly as compared to benzoyl peroxide that can be found in more pimple or acne treatment cream, it can clear up the skin with regular and long usage. Due to its potency, for people with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute it before applying it directly on the acne.


3. Green Tea

Green tea is also another natural remedy that is high in antioxidants and this is why it is good for applying on your acne. The compounds in green tea can help to reduce sebum production and fight inflammation. Make your own green tea extract at home or save the hassle and look for pimple creams in-store that contains green tea extract. Steep green tea in water for around 5 minutes. Let it cool before using a cotton ball to apply it on the affected area. You can also add honey and turn it into a mask. 

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4. Aloe Vera

If you have a potted aloe vera plant at home, reach for it and use it as a home remedy for acne. It is effective for burns, inflammation and wounds. Scrape the aloe vera gel from the plant and you can apply it directly in your acne. Do it once or twice a day! 


5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar like many other kinds of vinegar are good for fighting bacteria. Other than containing vinegar, apple cider vinegar also contains lactic acid which can improve the appearance of your acne!