In this new post, I’m going to focus on one particular honey: Manuka honey. In my first article, I recommended a couple of recipes with honey as the main ingredient, as a way of starting the switch into a natural regimen. Today, I will be talking about this type of honey that has proven to have amazing benefits for the skin, especially for those acne sufferers.
As I mentioned before, applying any kind of honey to your skin in the form of face masks, or even to wash it, can really improve its condition due to its anti-inflamatory and antibacterial properties. But if you would like to go further, and have an extra boost of goodness, then Manuka honey is indeed a great option.
Manuka honey and its treatment of acne have become very popular in the last years, backed by the extensive research that has been carried out to prove its exceptional natural qualities.
What Makes It So Special?
Manuka honey is grown exclusively in New Zealand, and has all the benefits stated earlier, but at a higher rate. Its secret: MGO (Methylglyoxal). MGO is an ingredient that occurs naturally within Manuka nectar. It’s the substance that makes this honey unique, and that gives the honey its medicinal and therapeutic properties.
The acronym UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) is a grading system that is used to measure the amount of Methylglyoxal contained in honey. A higher UMF rating indicates that the amount of MGO in the honey is also high, which translates into a stronger potency in the treatment of your skin, subsequently making the healing process work faster and with better results.
Here you can find a correlation between UMF and MGO, so you can make yourself familiar with the numbers:
The MGO content that I’ve been always been using is +400. I would recommend keeping the range between +100 and +400, as it will be more potent on your skin, meaning that the improvement will be more noticeable.
Which Manuka Honey Is Right For Me?
There are many brands out there, but to make sure you are choosing a high-quality product, I have put together here the best brands of this gold of New Zealand:
I must admit, this kind of honey is quite expensive, but it can lessen down your acne and reduce the inflammation you may have in a much quicker way. In my case, it calmed down my whole face immediately after applying in for the first time. I was blown away! It was quite impressive.
The brand I chose from the ones listed above when I started to treat my acne following the holistic path is Manuka Health. So far, I’ve always been happy with it, and the bottles have lasted a long time!
Other Uses of Manuka Honey
This honey also works wonders to treat burns, wounds and other skin problems. When it comes to acne, if you have that stubborn pimple that is taking ages to go away, a good way to get rid of it is putting a small quantity of Manuka honey on it, and then covering it with a sticking-plaster. Leave it there overnight. It will help dry the spot.
And obviously, taking it internally will have additional benefits for your health! I personally like to add honey to my chamomile tea before going to bed. When I prepare my breakfast at work, which consists of granola or muesli with yogurt most of the time as the base of the first meal of the day, I drizzle my bowl with honey, sometimes as a topping over strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and chia seeds. Mmmmm! It also tastes nice on toasted bread. And in general, as a more natural sweetener compared to sugar.
More Than Just Accompaniment Food In Your Cupboard
Honey, in general, has proved to help reduce acne and improve the condition of the skin. But Manuka honey addresses those problems in a more efficient and quicker way. It is a bit pricey though, but a little goes a long way, so eventually, if you compare the price of this honey, it will be the same as a standard cream that may be part of your skincare routine. You can always play around to mix it up with different ingredients, like lemon, yogurt and oats, as explained in my first post, or use it just on its own. Have you used honey before to treat your acne? If so, how do you apply it to your face? Have you heard about Manuka honey? Leave your thoughts below in the comment section!