For centuries, our ancestors have relied on plant medicines to derive potent and effective remedies for skin concerns. Manuka honey is the perfect example, being a powerhouse ingredient with multiple beauty benefits. It has been used by the Maori population for many centuries but has gained popularity in recent times due to its astounding ability to heal. Derived from the Manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium), it is native to New Zealand, and contains at least 70% Manuka pollen, making it far more potent than ordinary honey. If you’re looking for a natural remedy for your acne that is organic, plant-based, and most importantly gentle, Manuka Honey is a sweet solution.
What is Acne?
Acne is caused by P. acnes bacteria (propionibacterium acnes). The underlying cause can be genetics, or a variety of lifestyle factors such as stress, hormonal changes, pollution, poor diet, etc.
The growth of bacteria in the skin can also be linked to the skin’s pH level which naturally sits around 4.7-5.5. If your skin is too alkaline (high pH), you might notice dryness, dehydration, redness, or flakiness. If it’s too acidic (low pH), you may notice excess sebum, eczema, and congestion.
There are many treatments on the market for acne, including antibiotics, which can be harsh and have multiple side effects. Acne Excoriee (or “picker’s acne'') causes the constant breaking and exposure of deeper layers of skin to external bacteria, often leading to infection. This type of bacteria is usually resistant to antibiotics, making Manuka Honey the ideal alternative.
The Benefits of Manuka Honey for Acne
Manuka Honey contains hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal (MGO), amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and sugars in the form of both fructose and glucose. Hence, it’s beauty benefits include:
- Antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal action (because of the MGO), making it particularly effective for treating acne and congested skin. Helps treat Acne Excoriee by working gently in open lesions to treat bacteria. By adding water and not oil into the skin, it allows the skin to close and heal.
- Anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects, leading to reduced swelling, redness, and irritation in the skin. Perfect for those that suffer from rosacea, psoriasis, cystic acne, or general inflammation..
- Increases collagen in the skin to boost elasticity, firmness, and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
- Reduces texture and fine lines because it is a natural humectant, drawing moisture into the skin. The moisture also acts as a catalyst for healing acne and acne scarring.
Manuka Skin & Your Acne Treatment Regime
All Manuka Skin products contain the highest amount of honey available in skincare on the market. Whilst every product in the range is designed to support acneic skin, the following 3 are particularly useful:
The Deep Clean Cleanser contains Chamomile, Tea Tree, Manuka Oil, Almond, and Macadamia Oil, and various antioxidants to help protect and boost moisture, whilst killing bacteria.
Combine this with the Manuka Skin Exfoliator which contains Jojoba wax beads, gently removes dead skin cells without stripping or causing damage to the integrity of the skin, unlike conventional scrubs or peels. This exfoliant beautifully polishes the skin with Glycerin, Vitamin E, Sweet Almond Oil, and other key ingredients.
The Night Cream is a soothing, creamy formulation to hydrate and calm the skin (essential because dryness and dehydration can often be the root causes of acne). It provides a dewy texture and increased radiance.
It is best not to pair your Manuka Skin regime with harsh actives like retinoids or acids if you are trying to heal acne. Depending on your skin’s condition, there should be positive changes after the first two weeks when the detoxification phase of your skin is complete. Once your skin’s pH levels are more balanced, you will notice clearer skin and feel nourished, soothed, and hydrated.