For centuries, people have been using honey masks as a treatment for acne and for curing other marks, scars, spots, and blemishes.
There is not a single recipe for a honey mask that treats acne, but rather, it can be made from many different combinations of herbs and other substances.
In this article, we’ll try to cover all relevant aspects related to using honey masks as a treatment for acne.
Using honey masks for acne treatment is a very popular home remedy and if you are serious about treating your acne in a more natural, harmless way, or if your body does not respond well to absorbing those medicines made of harsh chemicals, then honey masks are the right choice for you.
You can get rid of acne without enduring the pain of digesting bitter pills or applying those creams and lotions which, in most cases, are nothing but lumps of petroleum jelly mixed with an artificial scent, color, mild bleach and random antibiotics.
The chemicals present in these common solutions to acne can be harsh on your skin, and the potent mix of chemicals can affect your body in other ways that you never expected.
In terms of the honey mask approach, you can use it combined with the medication you may are already be taking and it won’t interfere in any way.
However, before you start exploring the treatment options, you should fully understand what causes acne and then try to logically deduce how honey masks can be helpful in its treatment.
What Causes Acne?
Acne Vulgaris (the scientific name for the common form of acne) is an almost universal problem, with nearly everyone in the world suffering from some form (mild or severe), sooner or later in their lives. This type of common acne is caused by the blocking of the sebaceous glands, the glands responsible for the production and secretion of sebum, either due to peeled off skin, dust, or other such material obstruction.
Common acne can also arise due to certain hormonal activity during the teenage years that are often associated with the entrance into puberty. This hormonal activity often makes the regulation of the sebaceous gland to malfunction, abruptly producing huge amounts of sebum.
This is why common acne is most commonly found in teens. When the openings of these sebum glands are blocked, the sebum cannot escape and it starts depositing itself below the skin pores, making them look red and swollen. As a result, the openings of these glands cannot be cleaned, whereas they were previously cleaned due to the regular flow of sebum.
This makes these pores susceptible to infections by microbes and the situation becomes a vicious cycle that gets more and more severe. The pores proceed to become red, itchy, and painfully swollen spots on the skin which look unattractive and leave dark spots on skin when they heal. This unfortunate situation is called having acne.
Cure Of Acne
Once you know and understand the cause, it is then time to find a cure. Since acne is caused due to the blockage and subsequent infection of the sebum glands, then clearing the blockage and fighting the infection should logically help cure your acne symptoms.
This is where the honey mask for acne comes into play. Using a honey mask for acne not only clears the blockage but also removes the infectious microbes, thus reducing the signs of acne. Now, different types of honey mask for acne are used for different skin types.
For example, dry skin, oily skin, and sensitive skin might benefit from different styles of honey masks. Below are some of the most widely used combinations, and you should be able to find one that fits your needs.
Here are some examples of masks, along with their recipes, symptoms, the skin type for which it is specifically made, and some helpful tips.
Honey Mask(Pulls Away Dead Skin And Microbes From Pores)
Honey alone can be used as a mask and is effective in curing acne by cleansing your pores and not letting microbes grow, due to its antimicrobial properties. Additionally, the waxy part of honey helps keep the skin soft, smooth and glowing.
Ingredients: Nothing but honey.
Quantity: As per requirement.
Application: Simply spread a layer on your face.
Tips: Try to use filtered honey, rather than traditional cooking honey.
Facts: Honey has antimicrobial properties, antioxidants and at the same time, is beneficially sticky. This stickiness pulls away the dust, dead skin, and microbes from the pores while the antimicrobial properties keep the skin from becoming infected again. The antioxidants in honey help make the skin look younger and finally, the wax makes the skin smooth, shiny, and moist.
Caution: Those who are allergic to topical application of honey should not use this method.
Apple Honey Mask (Eliminates Microbial Infection)
One medium-sized apple (preferably organic), four to five tablespoons of honey (also preferably organic) and lukewarm water.
Scoop out the seeds of the apple and run the rest through a mixer to make a fine pulp. Then, add three to four tablespoons of honey into the pulp. The amount of honey will depend on the size of the apple and how many masks you intend to make with it. Basically, the quantity of honey should be sufficient to mix well with the pulp. Mix well into a uniform paste, and then your apple honey mask is ready to apply.
Apply a layer of the apple honey mask on your whole face. Wait for ten to fifteen minutes and let the mask dry up a bit. After that time, wash the mask off with the lukewarm water. Then, wait for the results!
The apple honey mask works best when it’s fresh. In other words, after preparation, you shouldn’t keep it in the refrigerator to apply later. Since it is so quick and easy to prepare, make it just before you plan to use it.
While the grains of the apple works as a sort of gentle scrub for cleaning your face, the glycolic acid in it facilitates exfoliation. Together, they clear up the skin pores. Honey is a natural antioxidant and it has antimicrobial properties. This eliminates the microbial infections that cause acne.
Confirm if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the mask by applying it on a small patch on your wrist and then wait for a few hours. If rashes appear or if you show other symptoms of allergy, do not use this mask on your face.
Lemon Yogurt Honey Mask(Cleanse And Softens The Skin)
This is another very good treatment for acne. This variation is also completely made from natural and edible ingredients.
Two tablespoons of fresh milk, two tablespoons of honey, fresh juice from one lemon, one tablespoon of fresh yogurt, and lukewarm water.
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients in a bowl to get a uniform consistency to the lotion.
Apply one layer of this mixture on your whole face and down onto your throat. Wait for a few minutes until it dries. Then, apply a second layer and keep applying until you have used the whole batch. When you are finished applying to the affected acne areas, wait for approximately ten minutes and then rinse off you entire face with the lukewarm water.
Use this mixture three to four times a week (even a daily application is fine), but be sure to prepare it fresh every time, as it is very easy to prepare and most effective at that point. Although it may not always be possible, try using all organic ingredients. The less artificial chemicals the better!
The citric acid in lemon juice is an excellent cleanser, and so is milk. Yogurt is also a good cleanser, as well as a good softener. This is important because using lemon juice alone can make your skin feel stretched and dried.
As always, check if you are allergic to any ingredients prior to using this type of mask.
You can separately use combinations of lemon-honey, milk-honey and yogurt-honey acne masks. All of them are effective, but some people develop preferences, and everyone’s body is a little different!
Cinnamon Honey Mask(Eliminates Microbial Infection)
This variation on the honey mask for acne treatment is a very effective and popular technique.
Cinnamon Powder and Honey. The quantity of cinnamon depends on the area that is affected by the acne. If you want a mask for your whole face, than three to four tablespoons of cinnamon powder would be sufficient, and be sure to have enough honey to make a loose paste with the cinnamon powder.
Again, the preparation is very simple. Just mix the two ingredients and make a uniformly mixed paste.
Apply on the areas affected with acne, or you can apply it on the whole face as a preventative method. Do this before you go to bed and leave the mask on overnight. Rinse your face with warm water the next morning. It is recommended to try this for two weeks and then measure the results.
It gives very good results, but it does take time to see them. If you don’t immediately see a change, don’t give up. You can’t expect results within a day or two. Also, the mixture is best applied when freshly made.
Cinnamon is rich in in cinnamaldehyde,one of its main constituents, along with eugenol, methyl chavicol, linalool, beta-caryophyllene and roughage or fiber.
The components in cinnamon oil, particularly cinnamaldehyde, eugenol and methyl chavicol have great antimicrobial properties and eliminate microbial infection in acne, while the coarse granules and fiber in cinnamon powder facilitates exfoliation. This combination of characteristics, along with the benefits of honey which we’re already explained make for a great acne treatment.
Many people are allergic to cinnamon and it can sometimes produce irritation in people with unusually sensitive skins. Therefore, this mask should be used after testing somewhere other than on the face.
Aloe Vera Honey Mask For Sensitive Skin(Moistens,Soothes,Softens The Skin)
It is another great mask that takes very good care of your skin and helps cure acne.
One tablespoon full of Aloe Vera juice or pulp (not Aloe Latex) and one tablespoon of honey.
Mix the two ingredients uniformly.
Apply a coating of the mixture on your face and to any affected areas.
Works best when fresh. Leave the mixture stand for about ten minutes before applying it to the affected acne areas.
Aloe Vera is well known for its skin-friendly properties. It moistens, soothes, softens, and tones skin. Additionally, this mixture includes the remarkable antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of honey. This mask is best for people who have sensitive skin or commonly suffer from redness, inflammation, itching, and irritation.
Aloe Vera supposedly has no side effects, and there are no reports of it being allergenic. However, some people may be allergic to honey. Regardless of your allergen history, it is best to test it on your wrist before you apply it to your face.
Tea Tree Oil Honey Mask(Antiseptic And Fungicidal Properties)
Two drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil and one tablespoon of honey.
Very simple. Just mix the two ingredients very well.
Apply on the whole face or just the affected parts. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Use this method 2-3 times a week for better and faster results.
It is much more successful if you use organic tea tree essential oil. Use the mask as quickly as possible after preparation because the essential oils are generally volatile and often oxidize when exposed to air, which causes them to lose some, if not all, of their benefits.
Tea Tree Essential Oil has strong antimicrobial, antiseptic and fungicidal properties. It also has some antioxidants. Therefore, when combined with honey, it helps to efficiently eradicate the infections in acne-affected areas.
Due to its strong germicidal and fungicidal properties, tea tree oil should not be used during pregnancy. Moreover, ingestion should be avoided. Tea Tree Essential Oil may not suit some skin types and may cause irritations, inflammations or rashes. In that case, stop using this technique and try one of the other masks. You should consult a practicing Aromatherapist before using any essential oils.