So i'm doing a research paper on honey and how it kills bacteria, and i've been reading a lot of research papers on the anti-inflammatory factors of honey. Apparently its so antibacterial, many researchers are looking to honey to be the new antibiotic.
Hows this relevant to your acne? well here are some properties of honey that may be good in getting rid of /treating problems associated with acne:
As i said, honey is very antibacterial, and famous for wound treatment. Russian soldiers in WW2 would use honey on wounds, and it is reported that the application of honey massively reduced the chance of scarring, and often left little or no scars. This is perhaps because honey is rich in minerals, often keeps the wound moist and kills most pathogens in that may cause further scarring in the wound.
The interesting thing is that all honeys are antibiotic, but the way they deal with bacteria can be completely different. Meaning that different types of honey can have completely different effects on your skin, depending on your condition. However the way it treats infection often depends on the plant its come from. BUT ALWAYS GET RAW HONEY! local is best!
Application of honey has cured infections in wounds modern drugs and topicals could not. Mainly because there are a lot of drug resistant bacteria.
Honey is used to treat gastrointestinal problems, which have been shown to be related to acne. Manuka honey especially is said to reduce inflammation in the gut
Raw honey has a very high antioxidant capacity, antioxidants play a big role in treating acne!
Honey has a low GI, which means it doesn't flood your system with sugar, which contributes to acne! However its still a lot of sugar so dont eat in excess.
Its important if you do use honey, you should always use raw honey that organic! Supermarket "honey" is often laced with fructose corn syrup, which is terrible!
So how do i apply it?
Honey is best applied on open wounds ( ones you have popped) or scars, but it can be good in making your skin softer and fighting infections. I'm not guaranteeing it will cure your acne! But i am saying from what i've read it seems to have a lot of potential in fighting factors that cause acne! I would try it on myself, but i got rid of my acne through the paleo diet. I'm just leaving this here as i think it could potentially contribute to clear skin!
IMPORTANT for best results! Lab experiments often dilute their honey! This can increase the antibacterial properties, by increasing hydrogen peroxide I would recommend a mixutre of 50% honey and 50% LUKE WARM water. This also reduces the thickness of honey, which some people claim clog pores....
Or you could take a guilt free spoonful or two of honey each day, knowing its doing you good Any questions? Feel free to ask!
P.S i didn't go into scientific details as it would be too long.
All information was gathered from pubmed.gov