- Honey has long been used to treat skin disorders like acne.
- There is little scientific evidence to demonstrate honey can reduce acne symptoms or the bacteria that causes most acne.
- Other OTC and prescribed treatments are more effective at reducing inflammation, promote wound healing and soothing painful blemishes.
- Eating honey has no proven effect on diminishing acne.
- Topically applying organic raw honey is better for skin than processed honey.
Honey has been used for millennia as a topical treatment for a wide range of skin disorders, including acne. A common skin disease, acne occurs when dead skin cells, dirt and acne-causing bacteria clog pores, resulting in non-inflammatory whiteheads and blackheads or inflammatory pustules, papules and cysts.
As a topical treatment, honey can help cleanse pores and speed up healing existing pustules, whiteheads, blackheads and lesions. Its moisturizing, antibacterial and antifungal properties allegedly inhibits the bacteria that cause acne and enhances the appearance of breakouts. However, this effect is mostly anecdotal and not backed by scientific evidence.
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