Honey and its benefits for skin health

Raw honey has always been one of the most favourite home-remedies, dating back to 2000 B.C. when the ancient Greeks and Egyptians recognized it as a healing method for skin wounds and burns. Nowadays honey is widely used for sore throats, digestive problems and skin conditions. It’s especially beneficial for treating eczema, acne and psoriasis.

There are numbers of before-and-after photos of women on the internet who claim to have cured acne with the help of honey. However, scientific researches point out that they are not sure whether and how raw honey helps skin conditions since there’s a lack of publications on the subject. What is known so far, is that honey can reduce inflammation, improve the appearance of the skin and keep it youthful. It also quickens the healing process of the skin cells.

When using honey as a skin treatment, it’s important to use unadulterated honey and also make sure that you aren’t allergic to it. According to a study performed in the USA 75% of the commercial honey brands in the USA contain no pollen. Pollen has antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulating properties. So when honey contains no pollen then this may reduce its antioxidants effects.

Face masks with honey are an easy homemade tool. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of honey is one of the most popular facial masks used for acne treatment. Cinnamon has also been found to have anti-inflammatory effects. Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also apply Cleopatra’s trick and mix honey with milk. Milk is known to have a great exfoliating effect on the skin. (Apply this with cotton pads!)
Or clean your dead skin cells with a homemade face scrub, combining honey and sugar. Do not rub too hard because harsh rubbing can irritate acne!

P.S. Before using any of the facial masks, do a patch test to make sure that you aren’t allergic to any of the products!

Source:
Komosinska-Vassev, K., Olczyk, P., Kaźmierczak, J., Mencner, L., & Olczyk, K. (2015). Bee pollen: chemical composition and therapeutic application. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2015, 297425. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/297425
McLoone, P., Oluwadun, A., Warnock, M., & Fyfe, L. (2016). Honey: A Therapeutic Agent for Disorders of the Skin. Central Asian journal of global health, 5(1), 241. https://doi.org/10.5195/cajgh.2016.241
All About Raw Honey: How Is It Different Than Regular Honey?. 2008. Ryan Raman, MS, RD 
Here’s the Truth About Using Honey as an Acne Treatment. 2016. Renee Jacques.
How Effective Is Honey For Acne?. 2019. Ramona Sinha.

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