Manuka honey is a unique therapeutic grade honey made by the bees that gather nectar from the manuka bush – found only in New Zealand. When I say therapeutic grade, I mean that it’s highly rich in vitamins and minerals. In addition to that, this honey includes antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties without causing any adverse effects. While the honey we find commonly also has these properties to some extent, it can’t be compared with manuka honey. Manuka honey can be taken internally for quick relief in cystic acne, but at the same time, it’s also a fantastic stuff to use as a facemask where it is applied straight on the afflicted location.
Why Does Manuka Honey Help In Cystic Acne?
Kills the acne causing bacteria
Manuka honey has the unique ability of drawing moisture out of the bacterium present in the afflicted locations, which is basically killing the bacterium that causes cystic acne.
Prevents future outbreaks of cystic acne
Manuka honey is also able to prevent future outbreaks of cystic acne by drawing the contaminants out from the pores of the skin. Keeping pores unclogged is necessary because clogged pore is where the bacteria grows and festers.
Manuka honey is an efficient anti-irritant
Manuka honey is an efficient anti-irritant. Skin irritation makes it a lot more likely for clogged pores to become inflamed.
Lightens the scars
Manuka honey nurtures, protects and moisturizes the skin. This ultimately leads to a brighter skin texture. In addition, manuka honey is incredibly helpful in lightening the scars left behind by the cystic acne.
Different Ways To Use Manuka Honey For Quick Relief In Cystic Acne
Using manuka honey is quite easy, just apply it on your face the way you apply a facemask. Because honey is a bit thick, it helps to moisten your skin before the application. In order to spread it out well, apply honey with wet hands. It is also possible to add honey to homemade recipes for acne relief. Some of the recipes where honey can be added include aspirin mask and apple cider vinegar toner.
If you’re applying honey for the first time, do a spot test on a small area of your jaw line to check whether you are allergic or sensitive to the honey. You could leave the honey mask on your skin as long as you want; however, it depends on how your skin responds to the treatment. While many individuals clean the mask after 30 minutes, I prefer to keep it on for an hour. On days when my skin is feeling quite shoddy, I go to sleep without washing it off. If your skin tolerates honey well, you can apply it as often as you want. Just to give my skin that extra oomph, I apply manuka honey mask twice every month.
What Is The Quantity Of Honey I Should Apply?
Unlike other facial masks, determining the quantity of honey that should be used in honey mask is a bit challenging. Honey doesn’t dry up. It will slip and slide all over your face, so you make sure that you don’t use excessive amount of honey. Otherwise, the warmth from your skin will melt the honey further and it will run or trickle even more. A pea-sized drop of honey would be sufficient for one time use.
Using Manuka Honey As A Spot Treatment
Manuka honey can likewise be used as a spot treatment or Neosporin-replacement. A fun way to use honey is to rub it over the skin and after that keep patting the face with your hands; this will improve the blood circulation in your skin.
My Experience With Honey And Cystic Acne
Whenever I feel a zit coming, I dab a little bit of manuka honey on it to either shrink it before it gets a chance to grow or at least bring it to a head.
Diluting honey helps it to stick to your skin so it doesn’t spread or run almost everywhere. I generally take a pea-sized drop of honey, add some water to it, and then rub the solution over my face using my palms. I guess this is more a honey toner than a facial mask.
Another method I have found useful is to use the honey straight on my skin and then lay a piece of paper facemask on to keep the honey in position. A paper towel with openings for your eyes, nose, and lips can easily do the job!
Few Manuka Honey Recipes That Are Useful For The Treatment Of Cystic Acne:
1. Honey and oatmeal mask
- Oatmeal (2 table spoons)
- Honey (3 table spoons)
- Lemons (one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, optional)
Preparation and application
The first thing you are supposed to do is to grind the oatmeal or blend it into a fine powder. Thereafter, add three tablespoons of honey to the mix. Blend everything well together with a spoon or fork.
If you really want this mask to deliver extra, don’t forget to add one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Leave everything on for about 15 mins, wash off, and you’re done!
2. Apple Honey Mask:
- One medium-sized apple (make sure that the apple has been grown naturally)
- 4-5 tbsps of honey (preferably organic) and lukewarm water
Preparation and application
Take out apple seeds and then grind the apple until it turns pulpy. Thereafter, add three to four tbsps of honey to it. The amount of honey you add will depend on the size of the apple and the number of times you want to bring it to use. Mix well to form a uniform paste, and then apply a complete layer of this mask all over your face. Wait for ten to fifteen mins or until the mask dries off before washing it off with lukewarm water.
How Do You Know If The Honey You Are Buying Is Good Quality?
Different rating systems are used to determine the quality of manuka honey sold in the markets. Some of the most popular rating systems include OMA (Organic Manuka Active), UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) and MGO (Methylglyoxal). These ratings are meant for you to determine how good the honey will be for your cystic acne treatment and other medical needs.
Not all kinds of manuka honey carry the antibacterial properties. In addition, words like raw, natural, or organic will certainly not assure that the honey is good. Therefore, the UMF, OMA and MGO ratings are the most trusted criteria to determine the quality of honey you are buying.
While choosing manuka honey, make sure that the following six criteria are fulfilled:
- The package must clearly mention UMF, MGO, or OMA clearly on the front of the container.
- The product must have mentioned the word “active” on its package.
- The product must be manufactured and packed in New Zealand.
- The product must be coming from a New Zealand company that is licensed to use the name UMF (which is in fact a trademarked name), OMA, or MGO.
- It has the MGO, UMF or OMA Licensee’s name on the front label.
- The product must have UMF or OMA rating of 15 or more, or if it is MGO, it must be at least 250.
Few Pros And Cons Of Using Manuka Honey
- Manuka honey is an all natural treatment option for cystic acne. In 99.9 percent of the cases, no adverse effects are seen.
- The cost of the treatment is much less compared to other forms of acne treatments.
While there are absolutely no side effects, manuka honey might trigger allergies in rarest of the rare cases.
The market is crowded with hundreds of alternative treatments for cystic acne that claim to be safe and effective. However, not many of them are able to fulfill the promises they make. Just try manuka honey! It is quite inexpensive and you don’t have to search the world to get hold of it. In short, you have nothing to shed other than your acne!