During all the years when I was trying to find something to cure my acne, I never once looked to natural products. I don’t know who but I think it was a dermatologist who warned me never to try home remedies and that they do more harm than good. No wonder for the longest time ever, I always trusted anything that came out of a tube or a jar, something that had multiple ingredients that looked more at home in a science lab than on my dresser. And I always thought I had sensitive skin. It would itch in the sun, itch when I sweated, get all red and break out for no reason. I was scared of even touching it. I avoided makeup for years because I thought it would aggravate my skin.
Never did I once stop to think that maybe the benzoyl peroxide or the myriad creams that had been prescribed to me by a dermatologist were the culprits. Why would I? A doctor had told me to use it and they knew better.
However, after a while, things did not make sense to me. The last dermatologist I visited 4 years back, gave me drying ointments for my acne and then rich creams to combat the dryness. Is it wise to give a woman in her 30’s something that dries her skin? Needless to say, my skin went crazy. It was red, dry and peeling. The ointment did nothing for the acne and the rich creams did nothing for the dryness.
Having reached a breaking point since my face looked horrible and got worse as I continued the treatment I decided to stop both. I let my skin be. and did not touch it. I just let it break out and heal on its own.
Then I decided I was finally going to use natural ingredients on my face. Anything that was good enough to eat was good enough for my skin. Getting out the bottle of honey I applied it on my face. This was normal processed table honey. I left it on for half an hour and washed it off. My skin looked much better. The next day the active acne had calmed down considerably. This was a real eye opener for me. After years of nothing ever working, the thing that healed my acne was right in my kitchen. And it made my skin look good.
Continuous use of this honey mask made most of my acne heal very quickly. Normally my acne would not heal for weeks and some of them months, but with this, they were healing within a week. This mask does not prevent new acne from coming in (at least for me) but it did reduce their life cycle. It also calms my skin down considerably.
Today I do not have sensitive skin. My skin is much stronger than it was. The constant irritation and redness have gone. I use makeup when I want.
So how do you use honey for acne?
Get any organic honey. Any organic honey will do. “Under the Mango Tree” is a local Indian brand that I use. Start out using just the honey. See how it works. See how your skin feels after it.
Then you can add cinnamon powder. Start out with one teaspoon of honey and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. This stings me a little but I normally push past it. If it starts to sting a lot please wash it off. It would be better to do a little patch test on your cheek or forehead before trying this out on your whole face. Leave this on for about half an hour. I normally do this in the evening or night.
Increase the amount of cinnamon to 1/2 teaspoon for one teaspoon of honey. Do this after your skin gets used to this mask. I normally mix a batch that lasts me for 3-4 uses. The cinnamon might leave your skin looking red after you wash it off but this settles down after a while. You can use this mask daily or every alternate day depending on how bad your acne is.