There are thousands of products on the market today that claim to cure acne and similar skin conditions. While you may experience some success with these products, many contain harsh chemicals that could actually do more harm than good.
Manuka honey, on the other hand, is an all-natural product that has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In this article, we'll look at the many benefits of Manuka honey, its potential for curing acne and how you can make your own natural acne treatments at home.
Nature's Liquid Gold
Often referred to as "liquid gold", Manuka honey is made by bees from the nectar of the Manuka tree which grows only in New Zealand and Australia.
Manuka honey is bursting with vitamins and natural chemicals, many of which have proved very successful in treating a number of ailments. The compounds found in Manuka honey include:
- DHA, an omega-3 acid
- methylglyoxal, an antibacterial agent
- leptosperin, a naturally occurring chemical found in the nectar of Manuka flowers
- amino acids
What Makes Manuka Honey Good For the Skin?
So, what is it about Manuka honey that has many people using it on their skin? Well, any Manuka honey with a 10+ rating or higher (this will be displayed on the label) is considered medical grade and to have therapeutic properties. This rating, known as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF®), is the industry standard and assures purity and authenticity. The products in the Cannuka range contain Manuka honey with a UMF® of 16+! Beneficial compounds within Manuka make it an ideal topical antibacterial treatment for acne, scarring, wounds and other skin conditions. What's more, it can be easily incorporated into your daily routine. More on this later.
Most important, Manuka honey is rated based on an industry-standard rating called UMF®: Unique Manuka Factor. The industry standard minimum rating is UMF® +5 and medically rated Manuka honey starts at UMF® +10. Our ingredient is UMF® +16, assuring authenticity and purity (it is not mixed or extended with lesser honeys).
Does Manuka Honey Help to Relieve Acne?
For centuries, Manuka honey has been used for its wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Let's take a closer look into the individual benefits that can contribute to reducing acne and even eliminating it altogether.
According to research, antioxidants in Manuka honey can have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. These properties could help to reduce redness and swelling.
Acne can be further exacerbated by bacteria which can infect the pores and cause angry flare-ups, redness and painful pimples. Fortunately, Manuka honey has antimicrobial agents that can destroy microorganisms, such as bacteria.
The high sugar content of Manuka honey can also kill bacteria by drawing out the moisture that it needs to thrive and survive.
According to another study, Manuka can also promote wound healing due to its low pH levels. When applied to the wound, the honey lowers the pH of the wound which can speed up the healing process.
How to Use Manuka Honey on Acne
Manuka honey is one of the most versatile natural substances on the planet. Can you think of another natural product that you can spread on your toast at the same time as wearing it on your skin? Many people swear by the healing properties of Manuka. It's just an added bonus that it tastes great, too!
Here are just some of the ways you can use Manuka honey to treat acne:
- As a spot treatment: Using a small spatula for hygiene reasons, take a small amount of Manuka honey and dab it onto your pimples. Leave to dry. Discard spatula after use.
- As a face mask: Mix together Manuka honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice and make a paste. Apply this paste liberally to your face and relax for 15 minutes until it dries. Rinse off thoroughly and pat dry. The astringent properties of lemon help to cleanse and tone your skin while the honey's wound healing properties get to work.
- As a cleanser: Massage a small amount of honey into your skin for one minute and rinse off.