Monday, May 14, 2012

I Wash My Face With Honey


Those of you who have experienced acne problems know how horrible it can make you feel.

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but this last pregnancy brought on the worst acne I have ever had in my life and many days I didn't even want to leave the house because of it.

My doctor kept reassuring me that it would go back to normal once I had my baby. Yet, weeks after the delivery nothing really changed. In fact, it even worsened a little.

Then I thought after my 6 week postpartum appointment I could get back on the pill, and that would help straighten things out. So, I patiently waited for my 6 week appointment only to find that while breastfeeding I would need to take the "mini" birth control pill which apparently doesn't help acne much at all. I was totally bummed to hear this and then my Dr. said "but don't worry when you stop breastfeeding we can put you on the normal pill and things will clear up."

"When I stop breastfeeding!?!" That could be a whole year from now! I had already dealt with severe acne through 9 months of my pregnancy, another whole year seemed like torturer.

So, I started researching different natural acne treatments which is how I stumbled upon Crunchy Betty's Honey Face Wash Challenge. At first I thought the whole concept was really weird but after reading through her post, I found that honey can actually kill bacteria on your face and is a great anti-inflammatory (which means it will help get rid of zits and lighten acne scars).

I decided I didn't have anything to loose by trying the face wash and I am SO happy I did!

I have now been using pure organic honey to wash my face twice a day for 2 weeks and my face is looking so much better (I also add a little baking soda to the wash 3-4 nights a week for an exfoliator). I haven't had any bad break outs, and the scars on my face have started to lighten and fade away!

I am going to continue to use the Honey face wash daily, although I haven't seen much throughout the blogosphere about using honey for long periods of time.

If any of you have tried this face washing method, I would LOVE to hear how things worked out for you, and if you are interested in taking the challenge, visit Crunchy Betty to learn how to wash your face with honey!

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33 comments:

  1. Awesome, maybe I'll give it a try. I've been wanting to try something natural for my face, I really like using my baking soda shampoo mix. :)

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  2. I've been doing this for years, though not continuously. I do it when my face needs that little extra treatment. Using local honey from the farmer's market works best and isn't so messy. Once a week, I would make a mask of milled oatmeal and honey, but often didn't have the time to grind oatmeal. Since I have a baby, it's even harder so I use plain honey as a mask (keep it on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water). It's done wonders for me. Also, my skin is very sensitive. Most moisturizers made me break out and burned, so I started using virgin coconut oil on my face at night. It is wonderful! I now use it as an oil treatment for my hair, as it has helped with my flaky scalp. Once, out of desperation, we even put it on our baby's behind because diapers cream wasn't doing anything for her rash, and it worked! Since it won't damage her cloth diapers, we began using it all the time. Our baby seems to have inheritated my sensitive skin. She can't use baby lotions, only unscented creams. I am hoping she'll outgrow it, though.

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  3. Does it have to be organic or can it be the kind from the store?

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    1. Becca, organic raw honey is the recommended type to use. I actually found some organic honey at my regular grocery store and it only cost me about $3.75 (still much cheaper then buying actual face wash).

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    2. Plus, if it's not real honey, it will be messy. Real, organic honey rinses so much better!

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  4. Wow this is REALLY good to know! Glad it's working. It's never fun feeling like it's not worth leaving the house due to acne. You should totally do before and after pics.

    - Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  5. Very interesting! Local honey is also good for alergies, take a tablespoon daily to build up your defence.

    We really need to save those bees for more than just our food suply, huh?! :)

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  6. This is so interesting! I'll give it a shot after I finish up my current cleanser. I imagine this is a much cheaper way to clean your face. Thanks! I've been following Crunchy Betty for awhile so I'm surprised I missed that post.

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca
    rebeccakelsey.com

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  7. this is really interesting, i've never heard of it. but i am battling hormonal acne too. i think i've finally found a "solution" but i'm waiting a couple more weeks before i decide that. does the honey not leave your face sticky?
    xo dana
    thewonderforest.com

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    1. Dana, the honey surprisingly doesn't leave your face feeling sticky at all... as long as you wash it off well (and it actually comes off very easy). Sometimes as I rinse my face the water will drip down my wrists and if I don't remember to rinse those too they will stay sticky :)

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  8. I've never heard of washing your face with honey! But I'm so glad it's working for you! It's amazing what the most unusual things can be used for!

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  9. Thank you so much for this post! I'm 14 weeks pregnant and it took me six month to get there. And since I stopped taking the pill my skin looks terrible. As you said, sometimes I don't even want to leave the house because I feel so ugly.
    Because of that I will you the Honey Face Wash a chance and I hope so much that my skin will be better in some weeks.
    I'm really happy that it works for you, thanks again for this tip!

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  10. Who knew?!? How nice to find such a non-toxic remedy! My husband is a honey connoisseur of sorts, so we have a lot of it:)

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  11. The same happened to me. My skin was really bad over the pregnacy, people were always asking what was it! And I wasn't on birth control before, so, maybe just hormones stuff...After the birth it got better but I'm still not as before the pregnancy, very oily still. I'm so gonna try this honey thing!

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  13. i am pregnant with my third, and every single pregnancy I get worse acne than i had in high school. Mine goes away when the baby comes, luckily. I am so excited to try this though. THanks for posting.

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  15. been using raw honey for 4 months now, I leave it for 30mins then rinse (use washcloth) and at night I use vitamin A cream... I love it!

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  16. I started using honey since I seem to be allergic to all chemicals and really love the results! It's only been 6 days so far and my skin is visibly clearer and my dermatitus seems to be finally calming down after a year of problems!

    If anyone out there has alleries be sure to find out what the bees are being fed. commercial farmers usually use citric acid which is a common food allergy these days. I am getting mine from a local farmer and it's much better for you!

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  27. Love it. I have been battling moderate to severe acne since I was fourteen. I can honestly say I have tried over 100 products since then, and nothing has helped. If it did help, it was quick to make things worse with dry skin, which lead to more breakouts. I did try honey at about the age of 16; Being the young, dumb, teenager I was; I used it once and decided Honey was a stupid Idea, and that I could get no results out of something so cheap and simple. Now 21, I started about two weeks ago on the honey again, I have been using it religiously twice daily and sometimes even sleeping with it (my poor pillow) I use st. Ives apricot scrub to exfoliate and my skin has never looked nor felt better. I'm a guy, and Just to let you know how bad my acne was; and the lengths I would go to cover/treat it; I started wearing makeup. I am a completely straight male; and I had to think this out for weeks before I even attempted it. Eventually though, I did and lived my life under a mask. I have threw it all away now, and am SO much happier

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  30. I had a cyst the size of a quarter appear overnight. I stopped at a gas station when I was driving cross country and remembered honeycomb as a treat when I was a child. Stopped at my hotel room cut a 1 inch square of honey and ate it. Went to bed and over night the cyst completely disappeared and my face was smooth!!!! I buy raw organic from an online vitamin shop but find that the best is right off the comb.

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