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manuka honey vs P.acne

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I recentely emailed one of the leading manuka honey researchers, and found out that p. acnes is indeed "very sensitive" to honey.

here is part of my email and his response:

...I am curious to know if manuka honey has been tested against Propionibacterium acnes, and how effective was it?  I'm hoping that manuka honey will be an effective antimicrobial agent without causing much irritation or dryness.  My plan is to apply the honey under a dressing every night.

If P. acnes has not been tested with manuka honey, then is there any other evidence to suggest that the honey would be effective?  I assume that the release of hydrogen peroxide would have a strong effect against anaerobic bacteria such as P. acnes, but I know HP release is dependant upon a number of factors... dilution, pH, survival of glucose oxidase during storage and transport. So I wonder how effective is HP release against P. acnes, and how effective is the non-peroxide antimicrobial factor?

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manuka honey works for me. Now i throw away all the prescription topicals, like benzamycin, and i only use manuka honey to treat my occassional zits.


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Some really great products for acne are: Living Nature's "Manuka oil and honey gel", and pure manuka oil. You can get them at: http://www.allnaturalcosmetics.com/

The manuka oil and honey gel is one of the best products on the planet for acne. Really, really, a fantastic "must have" product. The honey in it isn't sticky and sinks into your face.

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I second that recommendation, Denise - I absolutely love that product. (manuka oil and honey antiseptic gel) Although it is reasonably expensive, I believe it to be worth every penny. Fantastic. smile.gif

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I absolutely love that product. (manuka oil and honey antiseptic gel)

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Isn't it better to just use regular, natural manuka honey?


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The gel feels better on the face, but my personal results have been better with regular manuka honey than with the gel. The gel is an okay product, I guess great for some people, but it's not a preference for me.

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The honey is sticky; the gel has aloe, vitamin e, and the manuka oil, and isn't sticky, but sinks right in and tones and tightens the face as well.

You cannot function a normal life with honey all over your face, nor can you sleep with it on. I suppose if you are home every day, it would be alright.

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question for fans of manuka honey....

does it work better as a preventive measure (meaning you have to apply it all over your face all the time) or does it work better as a SPOT treeatment? or both.? i'm really just looking for a good SPOT treatment, as i've been controlling my acne with diet (low simple carb, low sugar, low dairy), so the only time i get blemishes is when i eat too much sweets or simple carbs (which, unfortunately i LOVE, a can't get to eliminating completely). thanks!

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The honey is sticky; the gel has aloe, vitamin e, and the manuka oil, and isn't sticky, but sinks right in and tones and tightens the face as well.

You cannot function a normal life with honey all over your face, nor can you sleep with it on.  I suppose if you are home every day, it would be alright.

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The honey is sticky; the gel has aloe, vitamin e, and the manuka oil, and isn't sticky, but sinks right in and tones and tightens the face as well.

You cannot function a normal life with honey all over your face, nor can you sleep with it on. I suppose if you are home every day, it would be alright.


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I am home on a daily basis.  bb_eusa_dance.gif

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You guys are crackin' me up about this smell thang....the smell has never bothered me at all. It's a bit antiseptic, but I never found it offensive...... ph34r.gifbb_eusa_think.gif

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Well it's better than rotten eggs I guess. wink.gif

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I am home on a daily basis.  bb_eusa_dance.gif

Same here. wink.gif

I don't wear the honey every day though. In fact I haven't been putting anything on my face while I'm at home lately and I'm liking that for a change.

And the manuka gel does have a strange, funky kind of smell... kind of like antiseptic snail slime or something.. hard to desribe. bb_eusa_think.gif


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the smell has never bothered me at all.  It's a bit antiseptic, but I never found it offensive...... ph34r.gif  bb_eusa_think.gif

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i think the anticeptic gel is a great product but it probably doesnt give much benefit from the manuka honey... for one thing, we dont know the UMF or if there even is a UMF... secondly, there is probably not any hydrogen peroxide activity because of processing and over-dilution... and thirdly, there is hardly any honey in the product because its not sticky at all. so the main benefit from manuka anticeptic gel is from the manuka oil, which is a strong antibacterial agent.

You cannot function a normal life with honey all over your face, nor can you sleep with it on.

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Sounds interesting. Keep us abreast of your results. One tip: Use distilled H20 on the cloth. Also, the cloth will dry during the night...


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Flipside: The product has other ingredients and isn't heated or "processed". The Living Nature products are all not processed at all. All the live enzymes and whatnot are intact. I'm not sure about the strength of the honey, but the product has the manuka OIL, which has fantastic antibacterial activity.

Tracy: I dunno.....I always thought I had a good smeller.....

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by "processed", i just meant all the mixing, stirring , and interaction between ingredients... that will probably reduce the active chemicals like glucose oxidase and whatever the UMF is (still unknown i believe). then there's the storage and shipping conditions to worry about... sitting in a hot mail truck all day cant be a good thing... i think i worry too much unsure.gif

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The ingredients of the manuka gel have been changed in the last few weeks - I got some today and manuka honey is now the 2nd largest constituent after water, whereas before the flax oil made up more of the product. Also, I agree with Denise that the manuka OIL included is likely to make the gel as effective as pure manuka honey - I have used manuka oil, manuka honey UMF 18, and the manuka gel and have found manuka OIL to be the most effective on active acne.

I wonder what the UMF of manuka OIL would be - ie: how effective against bacteria. I am thinking at least 50.

And Tracy - the smell isn't THAT bad! Lol!!! laugh.gif I can't believe you hate it so much! Sure, it smells a little weird, but there are some other things that smell a lot worse - like the DMAE gel from Richard, emu oil, and even the IG R-ALA, in my opinion. bb_icon_mrgreen.gif

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Rossie, who was that dude on the scar board who raved about manuka oil curing his jock itch he had had for 20 years? ohmy.gifblink.gifbb_shock.gifbb_icon_eek.gif

I forgot who it was, but he went on and on about it last week on the scar board. The manuka oil will take away a cyst in about a day or two flat.

I agree with you....I've used the strongest manuka honey 18 umf, but the Living Nature gel and the manuka oil seem to be the most effective on active zits.

Another thing that seems to be very effective on active acne is oregano oil.

IMHO, oregano oil and manuka oil are way more effective on acne than tea tree oil.

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And Tracy - the smell isn't THAT bad! Lol!!! laugh.gif I can't believe you hate it so much! Sure, it smells a little weird, but there are some other things that smell a lot worse - like the DMAE gel from Richard, emu oil, and even the IG R-ALA, in my opinion. bb_icon_mrgreen.gif

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I'll have to check this honey thing out. I admit that I haven't heard of it. Sticky is never good when you have cats - just putting jojoba oil on my legs after a shower is inviting disaster with numerous cats. Besides, they know when I've showered and are delighted to "mark" me as theirs again. Talk about the hairy legs from hell syndrome.

When it comes to odor - we each have our own issues. Someone else's perfume is a classic example of something we might find horrifically obnoxious. My mom loves tea tree oil and it's smell but my dad thinks it's godawful. He says he'd rather smell bleach. A lot of people like glade and lysol - I despise their odors and will rapidly exit a room when they have been presented. But nothing is worse than those trash bag liners with the horrid potpourri odor. Put some skank smelling trash in there and then you have skank odor overlaid with potpourri.

Oh, the nose horror!

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But nothing is worse than those trash bag liners with the horrid potpourri odor. Put some skank smelling trash in there and then you have skank odor overlaid with potpourri.

Oh, the nose horror!

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