Beauty enthusiasts since the time immemorial had long discovered the beautifying power of honey to skin that they began to wear it as a mask to cure common skin problems as scars, spots, marks, and blemishes.
But for the growing teens at those times—as the teens are to this day—honey mask is much preferred as a treatment of choice towards one of hormone-raging individual’s most common problem: acne.
Since then until now, the wearing of honey mask is still a commonly chosen way to address this rather persistent skin problem—but with surprisingly remarkable results.
It is worth noting that there is not a single formulation about an effective honey mask meant for treating acne which gives this tried-and-tested method a kind of variety for people to check out and try for themselves.
Commonly, however, each recipe is just a difference between which herbs or substances are used but is more concerned towards the skin type—dry, oily, or sensitive—to which it will be used.
Natural Treatment Against Acne
When today’s medications and chemical products are proving to be more harmful than they are beneficial to which they claim to be, natural home remedies such as the use of honey makes for an ideal and harmless way of treating the skin condition.
It even makes a lot more sense when you consider being presented with alternative choices such as taking in bitter-tasting pills or applying chemical solutions which are nothing but a mix of petroleum jelly, mild bleach, artificial scent, artificial color, and random antibiotics.
Unlike natural honey, these chemicals are likely more to aggravate the skin condition which makes acne appear worse than it already looks.
But that is just for fearing of the harmful effects of the chemicals on the skin alone, what about its other potential threats to health when they get to the bloodstream?
While it is understandable for anybody to immediately remove the pesky skin problem as soon as they arise, it is first worth knowing what acnes are, how they are triggered, and how honey can help in fixing their appearances.
Causes of Acne
Acne is a universal problem that affects every person in the planet, young and old. While the severity of acne as a skin problem varies from individual to individual—some worse or better than others—there is no denying from anybody that they, at some point in their lives, had been bothered with this kind of skin problem.
You may prefer to call it for its shorter moniker—acne—but science has a longer name for this particular skin problem: acne vulgaris.
Under the skin, however, an acne is just a bad case of our body’s sebaceous glands—that part of the deeper skin responsible for the production and secretion of sebum—getting blocked by a certain obstruction which gave out the unsightly protrusion on our skin.
Such blockage can be anything which normally ranges from just the peeled off skin from our body, dusts from the environment, or any other similar obstructions small enough to enter the aforementioned glands underneath the skin’s surface.
But for a person who is undergoing puberty—a time when the individual is at an all-time hormonal rage in preparation for further growth and development—the sebaceous glands’ regulation of sebum is out of control.
This means that the sebaceous glands produce more oils than the underlying skin packets can actually contain which not only clogs the visage’s pores but also fills it with so much oils extensively.
This overproduction of sebum is uncontrollable for the most part that merely washing of a face temporarily cleanses it off of excess oils. The issue is further aggravated with the permeable nature of sebum which provides entryway for infection-causing microbes to enter the skin.
At its worst, an acne is distinguished by a red, swollen bulging on the skin which makes good-looking individuals unattractive, made worse by the dark spots it leaves after healing.
Hence, teens are the most widely affected individuals by acne more so than any other persons from different age classification.
Cure of Acne
Knowing the underlying cause what makes an acne a common skin problem among individuals, it is quite intuitively easy enough to come up with a solution on how this problem is fixed.
The answer lies in keeping the pores as free from obstructions as possible while also minding the probability of infection.
As it appears, honey plays a pivotal role on both hence the centuries belief of the power of honey in fixing many people’s common skin problem as young as a teen.
Raw Honey Mask
By itself, honey is capable of addressing the issue of a clogged pore and its susceptibility to infection.
This is with great thanks to honey’s natural waxy properties which could replace sebum as a needed moisturizer to the skin, all while possessing anti-microbial properties which prevents exacerbating infection.
Ingredients: Nothing but pure honey.
Quantity: As many as required.
Preparation: Use as is.
Application: As a topical facial mask.
Tips: Opt for filtered honey over cooking honey for optimum results.
Facts: Raw filtered honey has potent antimicrobial properties which renders microbes dead upon contact (if already existent in the skin). With enough antioxidants in its contents, honey works as a beautifying agent which keeps the skin younger looking. Equally important also is honey’s naturally stickiness which is a key element in keeping the face’s skin free from unwanted clutters from within. For example, pulling away dead skin cells and dusts that might already got stuck in the skin’s pores.
Caution: Do not apply this method if you are a known allergic to honey.
Apple Honey Mask
You may have just a leftover of some apple you ate or you are willing to turn a good portion of an apple into a beautifying mask in conjunction with pure honey, either way, both the fruit and honey are potent agents in keeping one’s face look more awesome.
Ingredients: One medium-sized apple (ideally organic), 4 to 5 spoons of honey (also organic), and lukewarm water.
Preparation: Remove the seeds of the apple by scooping it out manually. Chop the fruit’s flesh into smaller parts and place on a bowl. Add three to four tablespoons of honey with the grated fruit in a bowl. Place the bowl’s contents into the mixer and begin grinding to form a paste-like substance.
Application: Apply your self-made facial mask all over your face. Leave the solution on your face for at least 10 minutes to around 15 minutes and allowing the mask to dry a little. After 10 or 15 minutes, wash off the mask using lukewarm water.
Tips: The apple-honey concoction meant as a facial mask works best as soon as it was prepared. Meaning, leaving the solution for some time before using lessens the efficacy of the mask for its intended purpose. Do not make your self-made apple-honey mask in advance for future use.
Caution: You may be allergic to either the honey or the apple. But if you are not aware whether or not that is the case, you can always check first by applying a small patch of the solution on your wrist. If a symptom of allergy such as rash appeared on the applied area, do not continue using the concoction on your face.
Lemon Yoghurt Honey Mask
Yoghurts are not always the fruity kind they are popularly now to date which makes their consumption easier. But if what you have is the plain old tasteless yoghurt that had been lying in the fridge with no one in the household interested in eating, do not let it put to waste by being thrown away. Use it instead into something equally as useful as a natural facial mask when mixed with yoghurt, honey, and—to its credit—some milk.
Ingredients: Two tablespoons of fresh milk, two tablespoons of honey, whole lemon juice, one tablespoon of fresh yoghurt, and lukewarm water.
Preparation: As there is no full solid ingredient needed into making the natural facial mask, creating the Lemon Yoghurt Honey mask is as simple and straightforward as mixing all liquid and semi-solid ingredients to make a well-blended solution.
Application: Applicable not just on face but also on the skin of the throat, the application of this solution covers both the whole face down to the neck. Once applied, leave for a few minutes to let it dry. Apply another layer of the same solution on top of the already dried original application and let it dry as well to make way for another application until all solution had been used. Finish the whole process by rinsing off the face with lukewarm water.
Tips: While this regimen is something that can be applied to one’s face every day, you can instead do it every other day instead or equivalent to three to four times per week. For optimum efficacy, the solution is best applied upon fresh preparation.
Facts: This concoction is a mix between effective cleanser ingredients—citric acid from lemon juice, milk, and yoghurt—and a needed counterbalance to the citric acid’s drying aftereffect with a softener from yoghurt.
Note: You may feel generous for yourself about using all the aforementioned ingredients to make a complete recipe of this particular facial mask, but even just a pair of just lemon-honey, milk-honey, and yoghurt-honey works as well. In fact, using only two ingredients for your daily or weekly routine of facial mask is not only economical, it also paves way for dynamism and thus make the overall process less boring.
Cinnamon Honey Mask
Cinnamon is commonplace in pantries in the kitchen as a powerful spice that gives our food a certain unique taste. But when paired with honey, it also acts as a potent facial mask against acne as well.
Ingredients: Cinnamon and honey. The amount of cinnamon to be used for the concoction varies significantly to the areas of the skin affected by the acne. While you can make a solution specifically targeting only the affected areas while leaving some space on the unaffected. But if you are aiming for the whole face, it would need at least 3 tablespoons of cinnamon or as much as 4 tablespoons to make an ample solution. Make sure also to mind the quantity of your honey which will be mixed with the spice, you would not want to produce a highly concentrated cinnamon on little honey.
Preparation: Without any full solid ingredients that need to grinded, making a Cinnamon Honey mask is as simple as mixing the two ingredients together until a paste is formed.
Application: You can either apply the home-made solution to just the affected areas—especially if you have just made a small volume—or apply the solution to the whole face in order to prevent acne on the unaffected areas, either way, the option is completely yours. Unlike other versions of the honey mask, however, this particular deviation is meant to be applied overnight and only to be rinsed on the next day with lukewarm water.
Tips: While it takes a necessary longer application time for this particular concoction of the honey mask, the Cinnamon Honey mask is ironically not fast in producing intended results. In fact, it might not be effective on the first two days of application that it is suggested that patience is required to see eventual results. Like other variations mentioned so far, Cinnamon Honey mask is best applied as a fresh preparation.
Facts: Alone, honey has potent antimicrobial properties that could potentially prevent any unnecessary infection of the skin, when paired with cinnamon, this benefit is multiplied thanks to cinnamon’s rich constituents of cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, and methyl chavicol, all of which possess potent anti-microbial properties. On the other hand, cinnamon’s coarse granules and fiber work hand-in-hand to facilitate skin shedding which gives way to new skin for a more youthful glow.
Caution: Certain people have a case of allergy towards cinnamon which gives them irritation on the skin. You may or may not be this person, but it always pays to test out whether you are positively allergic to the spice by applying your made solution to your skin apart from you face.
Aloe Vera Honey Mask
Aloe Vera is a plant that is easily cultivated under the right climatic condition. If you are suffering from acne and are living somewhere in the Mediterranean or someplace hot, this specific plant makes for a boon as treatment to your skin problem when paired with honey.
Ingredients: One tablespoon of Aloe Vera pulp or juice and one tablespoon of honey.
Preparation: Just mix together until a paste is formed.
Application: Apply a layer of the solution to the affected areas of the skin or across the whole face.
Tips: To get optimum benefits from this specific concoction of the honey mask variation, leaving your home-made paste to stand for about 10 minutes poses more benefits than applying the solution as soon as it was made.
Facts: Aloe Vera is a plant that is prominent for its skin-friendly properties which renders it literally allergen-free for most people. Paired with honey, this benefit is incremented.
Caution: While there can be no person who is considered allergic to Aloe Vera, honey on the other hand may pose as an allergen to certain people which makes this unique mix rather inapplicable.
Kelp Aloe Vera Honey Mask
This is mostly the same as the previously discussed Aloe Vera Honey mask, only this time, there is another ingredient that joined the party—the seaweed, kelp.
Ingredients: one tablespoon kelp power, one tablespoon Aloe Vera pulp or juice, and one tablespoon of honey.
Preparation: Not in its original form but as a powder, the need to grate kelp into tiny little pieces is an unnecessary step in making this three-ingredient concoction. Like how you did make the Aloe Vera Honey variation, making this particular mix with kelp is much similar. Just add the powder into mix and keep on blending until the process forms a paste. Let the mixture cool down for 10 minutes before applying.
Application: Apply the solution as a facial mask and leave it on your face for at least 15 to 20 minutes to dry. Rinse with lukewarm water afterwards. After making the initial rinse, wash again your face—this time with cold water—to finish the overall process.
Tips: When making the final splash of water cleansing of your face, make good sure not to use soap with the process as it may just eliminate the benefits of the overall process.
Facts: Kelp is a known potent detoxifier and moisturizer for the skin. In addition, the minerals inherently present in kelp makes for good exfoliants that help skin-shedding.
Caution: As a plant found deep within the sea, kelp is packed full of iodine which may pose as an allergen to certain people. In addition, this brown alga can also be a host to toxic metals like lead and cadmium, especially if the seaweed is farmed in areas close to where industrial sewage and wastes are dumped.
Tea Tree Oil Honey Mask
By itself, tea tree oil is capable as a treatment of acne. Combined with the same benefits from honey, there is a synergistic benefit to using Tea Tree Oil Honey mask against acne.
Ingredients: Two drops of Tea Tree Essential Oils and one tablespoon of honey.
Preparation: Let two drops of the Tea Tree Oil be fully mixed with a table spoon of honey.
Application: Apply the solution on the affected area or all over the place to prevent acnes from taking place where they have not. Leave the mark on the face for around 15 to 20 minutes to let it seep under the skin and dry. Clear off the mask by rinsing your face with lukewarm water. For better results, do the routine 2 to 3 times a week.
Tips: There can be adulterated and inorganic products of Tea Tree Oil, either of which is inferior in effect to an organic Tea Tree Oil. To get optimum results from this specific honey mask concoction, using only organic source of Tea Tree Oil is a must. Essential oils like Tea Tree Oil are volatile and can get oxidized when exposed to air, using this home-made solution early as soon as they are prepared is a necessary step in getting the utmost benefits of this facial mask.
Facts: Tea tree oil has enough anti-microbial property to prevent any potential cases of infection on a person’s face. It also has antioxidants that are widely documented beneficial to health and skin, too.
Caution: Using tea tree oil in times of pregnancy is dissuaded due to this essential oil’s rather strong anti-microbial properties which could potentially affect the development of the stillborn. If skin application alone is prohibited, so much so is it of the possible ingestion of tea tree oil by the expecting mother. Moreover, not everyone’s skin is suitable with tea tree oil. There are people who might show signs of allergy such as rashes and inflammations resulting from the application of this essential oil.
Aspirin Honey Mask
Aspirin may not be a naturally occurring substance but rather is one prepared synthetically for use in medicine. Nonetheless, aspirin is a substance that is not devoid of its many healthful benefits, especially so when paired with honey as treatment against acne.
Ingredients: 1 to 2 tablets of aspirin tablet, plenty of water for the dissolution of the tablet, and one tablespoon of honey.
Preparation: Dissolve the aspirin tablets in an ample amount of water. Add one tablespoon of honey into the dissolved water. Allow the mixture to stand for at least 2 minutes.
Application: Apply the solution to the affected areas of the face. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes to at most 15 minutes. Rinse the face with a lukewarm water to remove the facial mask, only to re-rinse it again with cold water as a final touch.
Tips: To make the dissolution of the tablet possible, use the non-coated version of aspirin.
Facts: Acetylsalicylic acid is a known good skin conditioner which unsurprisingly is abundant in many skin care products. Apart from the equally beneficial effects of honey against acne, acetylsalicylic acid works very well in treating acne among those with oily skin. It also contains coarse granules that facilitate skin-shedding which makes the skin appear more vibrant.
Caution: While at moderation, aspirin promotes what is inherently good for the skin, at higher-than-normal dosage, it does the complete opposite. Specifically, too much of aspirin can make the skin excessively dry and make it appear yellowish. If you are already suffering from dry skin, it is better to consult a doctor first before using this mask.
Things to Consider About Honey Masks
You may be lucky enough to have a regular stock of honey in your pantry which makes this particular facial wear more accessible than otherwise, but even a honey mask has its own offering of discomforts:
- All honey masks, regardless of chosen recipe, is sticky
- Not having the same consistency of lotions as a topical solution, honey masks are mostly liquid in form and can inevitably drip from the face when applied thus cause a mess on either the clothes or the floor
- Applying honey mask on the face does not produce overnight results
- Honey and a slew of other ingredients mentioned may pose as allergen to certain people
General Guidelines When Using Honey Masks
While each recipe may differ by a few ingredients, all of these homemade honey masks share the same commonality with regards to their use:
- Honey masks are best used from fresh preparations with the exceptions of a few concoctions but not lasting more than 15 minutes of waiting time
- To get optimum benefits, using organic ingredients are a must
- When it comes to honey, choosing the filtered version over the raw unfiltered version makes for a better ingredient due to the absence of unwanted pollutants such as pollen grains, dust, hairs coming from bees, and their dead remains, each of which potentially posing as allergen to certain people
- Of all kinds of honey, the Manuka variant is said to be the best for use as a facial mask due to its strong antimicrobial properties
- Soap tends to counteract the healthful benefits of the honey facial mask, so never rinse your face with soap after applying it on your face
- Although all honey face mask variants are underpinned by lukewarm water as the ideal face wash, others require the re-rinsing of cold water for its ability to tone the face and increase firmness of the face muscles
- When testing whether or not a certain ingredient is a potential allergen, always make use of the skin apart from your face as test subject
- While you can choose to rinse your face first with a natural-based cleanser (not soap) before applying the face mask, the process is not necessarily required in achieving the ideal benefits of a honey mask
There is a worldwide abundance for honey which makes sourcing it less difficult than locally rarer ingredients such as Tea Tree Essential Oil and Kelp. While these less available ingredients can be easily imported from abroad, the step to do just that is not necessarily not expensive.
One of the most appealing feature of this homemade solution, apart from its proven skin benefits against acne, is in the price it takes to make it.
Honey is locally available in most countries and can easily be bought from grocery stores for cheap whereas the rarer ingredients, Kelp and Tea Tree Oil, while pricier, are needed only in small amounts which makes their consumption relatively light. Aspirin, on the other hand, is one of the most common over-the-counter drugs which you can easily buy without prescription.
While going to the local drug store and buying your ready-made commercial drug of choice—cosmetic product—is more convenient than sourcing the ingredients needed to make your homemade topical solution, having the power to choose whichever chemicals you would be applying on your face in a fight against acne is a kind of might you would not find in your local drug store.
All you will mostly need is honey to make your own, everything else is completely optional.
What is there possibly to lose apart from the problem that started it with?