Manuka Honey cleanser/mask for acne prone skin

by Sinéad Gormley

When I was working in a health food store a few years ago, Manuka Honey started appearing on the shelves all of a sudden. As part of our training, we had to read up and study the facts about the products we were selling, and so I came to know all about this honey and it's amazing properties. I always remember one man that came into the store who told me about his son that was continuously catching colds and flus. They decided to start giving him a tablespoon of manuka honey a day and he actually stopped getting sick.

The bottom line with manuka honey is that it has higher antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant factors than regular honey, making it ideal for use on acne-prone skin. If you suffer from dry skin or psoriasis it's also a fantastic treatment as it soothes and nourishes skin.

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Using manuka honey as a mask

Make sure your hair is pulled back from your face. A shower cap is ideal, as there's nothing worse than getting sticky honey in your hair! Use a very small amount of honey and apply to your face. Massage it in gently, and leave this on the skin for as long as you want. I tend to leave the honey on my face for an hour before rinsing it away. As you can see from the picture below, manuka honey is a lot thicker than regular honey, making it ideal as a face mask as it won't drip a lot!

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As a cleanser

I remove my makeup using coconut oil. Afterwards, I simply massage a small amount of manuka honey onto my face for about 3 minutes and then rinse away. This removes the coconut oil while cleansing the skin again, and your complexion is left super smooth to the touch.

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Manuka honey can be a little on the pricey side, so look out for deals in your local health food store or online. They are good value, considering you only need the smallest amount. One small tub will last you for months and months, so I see it as a good skincare investment.



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