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Honey for acne? Get smooth skin and fight acne with lemon and raw honey face masks

Vitals_DIYNaturalHoneyFaceMask_FeaturedHow sweet it is, raw honey. Use it to sweeten a cup of tea, to glaze a ham, or to bake or enhance the nutty flavor of a pecan pie — honey is pretty versatile. Honey is also a natural humectant, which means it’s a great moisturizer, and it also has antibacterial properties that can help you spot-treat annoying zits and pimples.

The catch — if you can call it that — is that not all honey is created equal, and if you’re going to use it in masks to brighten your complexion or as a spot treatment for acne, you’ll probably have to shell out from $7 to $10 for some organic raw honey at your local gourmet or organic foods shop or at your local farmers market.

The good news is that you won’t have to shell out a couple of $20 bills on face wash, moisturizer and spot treatment containing benzoyl peroxide, which might certainly obliterate those annoying zits and pimples but might also strip your skin of its moisture, leaving it dry. And that’s just the stuff you can get at your local chain pharmacy. If you want higher end, top-shelf stuff, you’re looking at a $17 price tag on 1 ounce of acne spot treatment.

Despite raw honey’s higher ticket price than your average dollar-store honey bear bottle, it’s still a bargain in comparison, and you know exactly what you’re putting on your face, which is always a plus.

 

Recipe: Honey face mask for smooth skin

Vitals_HoneyFaceMaskSo you want to pamper yourself with a mask that gives your skin a healthy glow and makes it look bright and feel soft and smooth. In a bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice with 2 teaspoons of raw honey. Take a hot shower and cleanse your face as you typically do, while letting the steam from the shower open up your pores.

When you’re done showering and drying yourself off, apply the honey and lemon mixture on your clean skin, as you would any mask — which means steer clear of your eyes. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and catch up on that book you should have finished ages ago. Rinse the mixture off with warm water. Splash a bit of cold water on your clean face to close up those pores. This is a good mask to use about once a week.

 

Recipe: Acne-fighting honey face mask

Vitals_AspirinThat’s great, you say, but you need something a bit stronger because you are battling a few pimples and a couple of annoying zits that are overstaying their welcome. No problem. In a bowl, crush two or three uncoated aspirin. If you can’t find uncoated aspirin, just rub the coating off beneath running water until the tablets feel rough. Add a tablespoon of water to the crushed aspirin and mix it until it forms a thick paste. Add 1 teaspoon of raw honey and mix well.

Cleanse your face as you normally do and run the hot water so the steam opens up your pores. Apply the honey and aspirin mixture to your face, and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and splash some cold water to close up your pores. Since it does include aspirin and aspirin is a drug, don’t do this mask more than once a week.

IMPORTANT: If you’re allergic to aspirin, you can’t use this mask. Your skin won’t absorb the drug the same way your system absorbs it if you take aspirin orally, but there is still some absorption — so if you are not supposed to be taking aspirin because of heart or other health-related issues, do not ever use this mask.

 

Recipe: Honey-and-cinnamon acne treatment

Vitals_HoneyAndCinnamonMasks are great and all, but you don’t have the time and patience for pampering and you really just want to get rid of that one zit on your chin that’s been driving you crazy for three days. OK, no worries. Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon onto the palm of your hand. Add a bit of honey — about 1/ 4 teaspoon — and mix into a paste. Dab it on that zit. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water, or leave it on overnight and rinse it in the morning.

 

Acne exceptions

Just like all honey isn’t created equal, neither is all acne, unfortunately. Honey works so well because it targets bacteria. So if your pimples and zits are brought on by bacteria, honey is going to help wipe them off your face. But if your acne is triggered or aggravated by hormones, medication or diet, then honey won’t make it disappear for good. It will still help soothe breakouts and improve your complexion.

 

Comments

Submitted by Linda on

I have this acne that has been on my face particularly on my cheeks for over 6 years now. My acne came up after I used a tube spot remover cream to lighten up my face. I have tried virtually everything but it won't go away. I used go to the spa to get them extracted but just recently I was told that too much extraction leaves holes on the face. What do I do? Please help me. Thanks

Submitted by Vivian Lee on

Hi, Linda, thanks for your comment. If you've had this problem for more than six years it seems you should consider seeing a dermatologist, rather than going to a spa. As the article suggests, the more stubborn acne can be the result of hormonal and other issues, and sometimes it's best to let a doctor help you narrow down the cause so you can work on a solution that is safe and effective. Good luck!

Submitted by Elissa on

Luckily, I'm on of those few teenagers that don't get too many pimples. I don't use make up and my face doesn't get very oily. However, recently, I've gotten three small pimples on my forehead. They're really bothering me, so any suggestions?

Submitted by Vivian Lee on

Hi, Elissa, thanks for your comment. Have you tried any of the three masks from the article?

Submitted by Faith on

I've been having acne ever since i was Grade 7. It's been a year now and nothing really changed.. I'm using a cleanser that suits my skin and my acne but nothing really works :( any suggestions?

Submitted by Vivian Lee on

Hi, Faith -- if you're acne has been constant for a year, I would suggest you see a dermatologist and ask if any of the three masks listed here would help. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

Submitted by Crystal on

You are what you eat and what you absorb. It's not only what goes on your skin that treats it but also what you take in internally. Cut out the processed junk and start eating more live healthy veggies and fruits. Your skin will clear up in no time.

Submitted by Vivian Lee on

Hi, Monique. The first mask can be done about once or twice a week. The aspirin mask -- provided you do not have adverse reactions to it, including allergic ones -- should not be done more than once a week. The spot treatment can be done daily.

Submitted by Dariann on

I keep getting these irritating pimples on my chin, they'll go away for about two weeks and cone back in the exact same spots! Does that mean I touch my face too much or do you think its more serious? And if I use the spot treatment how effective do you think it would be?

Submitted by Vivian Lee on

If you think you may be touching your chin too much, make an effort to not do it and see how that works for you. As for how effective spot treatment is, as the article suggests, it works differently for everyone. Have you seen a dermatologist?

Submitted by Lauren on

I live in Australia and I don't think we have aspirin. Can I use Panamax? It's a generic brand of panadol.
I have blemish prone skin and it's just really annoying. I'm 18 and it just won't go away! I have a constant skin routine and it's not clearing up. Would you say the honey and lemon is my best bet? Thanks!

Submitted by Roseline on

Not sure which Australia you live but the one I know has Asprin

Submitted by Mayor61 on

I have pretty bad skin: at 30 I have to use acne medication... That aside, my skin is so sensitive that I often get huge problems with my skin starting to painfully peel off. Needless to say, I'm not very keen on face washes. I've tried some before, but they were so irritating and caused break outs.

The only thing my sensitive skin can use is the Made From Earth Grapefruit Glycolic Wash. First, micro-beads are big, so even if you scrub a lot, they won't scratch you. Second, I did not notice any break outs after using this product every other day for a month now and my skin looks much more radiant and feels really smooth.
I'm one of those people who really need to use sensitive skin products, but I' trying to move away from Clinique to more natural/organic like Made From Earth.

Submitted by Josh on

Hey, im 16 and i was that kid that didnt get pimples at all. But then i started working at this fast food resturant (jack in the box), i was working as a fryer, and once i got out of work my face was really oily. Didnt do much bout it, then few weeks past i started getting pimples and it turn out in to acne, on my cheeks and fore head, so now what i do is i use this bar of soap called asepxia (mexican bar soap) it has worked, but now i have acne marks what should i do!?!?

Submitted by naomi on

Hi,my acne jst gt worse over a year n it irritates me a lot bt d most annoying part is I've gt non on my fore-head jst my cheeks n its so obvious and I was tld 2 mix raw honey,sugar n lemon juice.Wat shld I do?

Submitted by angie on

I have never really had bad acne just the regular pimples here and there. but it really started getting bad and the end of my 6th grade year. im currently in 7th grade. I have been getting more and more pimples and they really wont go away. I don't use foundation so that isn't clogging up my pores and I don't want to take medicine for it. I want to get of my pimples in a natural way and not by going to the dermatologist. pls reply thanx! :)

Submitted by Nick welling on

hey there.

I have been suffering from acne for a couple of years now whenever I tried to do something about it just won't budge . I have tried honey and lemon mask before and it worked especially over my forehead area but not so on my cheeks, here's what I did

before applying I always took a hot/warm shower so that it will open my pores and then apply the mask & leave it for 20 mins and hot/warm water to wash it away I never once splash it with cold water(should I have) and it always made my skin kinda half and half, my forehead was clear but my cheeks weren't , there were pores so I was wondering what's the correct way to do so.

should I splash it cold water after washing it away from the hot/warm shower, I'm really nervous as I haven't apply honey and lemon mask for years.
it would mean a lot if you could help

Submitted by maryam on

I had acne problem,I was so shy cause of this problem..but I didnt want to give up..so I kept searching,(excuse my english isnt my native language).It worked for me chamomile tea,i put the bag tea on the pimple for 20- 30 min and its working washing my face with chamomile tea,i also use some products from la roche posay -effeclar gel moussant and effeclar duo,don't use towel for face cause germs will still be there so you didnt resolve anything use cosmetic tissues,egg yolk and white egg,marigold cream for scars and dark circles around the eyes.You must stop drinking coffee,soda,eating chocolate,smoking,eat many fruits as you can especially grapes,oranges,lemon,they say potassium is good for acne.i hope this will help some people :)

Submitted by slindo on

Can I use lemon juice that's already made from the stores or I must use fresh lemon?

Submitted by WK987 on

Citrus Clear's Sensitive Face Wash is exactly what you need - I use it daily! I only use natural and organic products. This wash is not too strong nor too weak. Shrinks pores dramatically, gets rid of blackheads, even ones that seem to have been there forever, and no noticeable peeling or reddening. Just nice results! For reference I am 32, a redhead and have fair freckled skin.

Submitted by Maria J on

Yes, I agree with you - Citrus Clear products are the best for acne. I wish they sold them at my local store - I can only buy them online - but they have totally cleared up my face. . . way worth it. . and i love the smell. . .

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