Honey hydrates pimple-prone skin, putting moisture back in where harsh, acne-fighting ingredients from cleansers and medication have pulled it out. Honey features anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that can draw out sebum, reduce redness and extinguish irritating inflammation. Apply a honey mask and watch as your pimples take a backseat to your glowing complexion.
Honey, I Shrunk the Pimples
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush. This kind of honey can protect against skin bacteria and stimulate the production of skin cells. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the pain associated with some pimples, and antioxidants to smooth out lumps and scars. In addition, the hydrogen peroxide component of Manuka is similar to benzoyl peroxide, the ingredient found in over-the-counter and prescription acne-fighting medication. The honey works the same way to break down bacteria on the skin to get rid of blackheads and pimples.
Making the Magic Happen
Head to the kitchen to concoct homemade honey masks to clear your acne. Mix 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 3 teaspoons milk and 1 teaspoon honey together. The milk moisturizes your face, while the lactic acid gets rid of dead skin cells that clog your pores. Or make a mask with avocado, which helps smooth out your complexion and hydrate your face. Put 1/4 avocado, 3 tablespoons fresh cream and 1 tablespoon honey together in a blender, and puree until smooth. Another honey mask includes 1 to 2 crushed aspirin tablets dissolved in a little water. Pour 1 tablespoon of honey into the water, then use a spoon to mix it into a lotion.
The Application Process
Wash your face first with acne-fighting ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulphur or alpha-hydroxy acid. Place a dollop of the honey-milk mask onto your fingertips and gently rub in small circles on your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Or scoop the avocado-honey mask onto your fingertips and apply to your face using small strokes. Let the mask penetrate your skin for at least one hour. Smooth the aspirin-honey mask onto your face and allow it to penetrate for 10 minutes.
Be Sweet to Your Skin
After the appropriate time, rinse your face with warm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Apply some toner to a cotton pad and wipe your face with it. Choose toners with tea tree oil, salicylic acid and witch hazel for their acne-fighting ingredients. Smooth on a non-comedogenic moisturizer with sunscreen around your entire face. Make sure it's water-based and does not include any artificial fragrances or colors that can aggravate acne.
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