Teenagers rarely call their best friends honey. Especially if it’s also the word their parents call each other. But teenagers who have the occasional bout of acne should love honey – the real stuff from bees. Acne does not discriminate on age, but it does seem to have a special preference for teenagers. The burst of hormones that come in the few years before 18 tend to be accompanied with periodic bursts of red inflamed pimples, otherwise known as acne. Teenage girls seem to get the worst of it, particularly at a certain point in the month, and, naturally, they do not like the apparent signal acne sends to the world. To most teenagers, only a sex-talk moment with their parents comes anywhere close to being more embarrassing than acne.
Teenagers of the world: you have a friend in honey.
The normal thing to do if you get acne is to get some acne treatment from the drugstore. Usually, it works. But sometimes, to the utter surprise of teenagers, it doesn’t quite work. The acne fades away but is replaced by a dry, reddish spots.
That’s where honey comes into the picture. A dose of honey for acne trouble is how teenagers sorted out acne long before drugstores were invented. For thousands of years before modern antibiotics and antibacterial medicine was created, people used honey as a natural antiseptic. In fact, there is virtually no medical dispute over honey’s antiseptic properties.
Treating Acne with Honey
The typical way of treating acne with honey is to soak small bits of gauze in a mixture of honey and hot water. Raw honey is best because it has more medicinal properties than processed honey. The wet gauze is then placed on the acne spots and held in place overnight with bandaids or other skin-friendly adhesive.
The change should be evident in the morning. The acne spots will have either healed completely or clearly shrunk in size. A few days of treatment almost always clears the face completely.
How does it work?
Honey is a treatment for acne because it is a natural antiseptic. Acne is typically a result of clogged skin pores that happens when your skin releases more than normal flow of skin oil. Pores clogging can happen to anyone, not just teenagers. The oil held by clogged skin pores then attracts bacteria growth, which soon provokes the skin to protect itself against the new organism making a home in its pores. The inflamed pimples are the skin’s way of keeping the bacteria at bay.
What honey does is to release low doses of hydrogen peroxide on the skin, plus a high sugar concentration with traces of acid – all of which interfere with bacterial growth. Honey also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the pimples away even as it prevents the skin from drying out.
A word of caution however: honey works only on the bacteria that makes acne ugly, not on the hormonal experience that cause an increase in skin oil flow in teenagers. In other words, the acne will probably return at some point down the road – and will require a repeat of the honey for acne routine.
So where do you buy honey? You can not buy this kind of honey at the grocery store, you used to have to buy this from your local beekeeper, until now! Crystal’s All Natural Raw Honey™ is now sharing its natural raw honey with the world.