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Honey for Acne - Does it work?

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Honey for Acne - Does it work?

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, honey is a very good remedy to relieve acne-related discomfort. It effectively reduces swelling, pain and redness associated with acne. "Raw honey works to make inflammatory acne look less angry because it has an osmotic effect on the skin—it can draw out and help reduce inflammation," says Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologist in West Islip, New York.


A review published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine found that honey contains enzymes that create hydrogen peroxide, which has antimicrobial properties. However, not all honey is created equal. It is important to use honey that is free from additives - processed honeys are unlikely to work because the anti-inflammatory properties are eliminated in the processing. The best honey to use it the raw, all-natural unprocessed honey from organic hives.

What do I do?

Use a cotton ball to apply a small amount of raw honey to the affected area.
Leave for 30 minutes and rinse first with warm water, then cold water.
Repeat regularly for best results.

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