A few weeks ago I was scrolling my twitter feed and saw some I follow RT a photo of a jar of Manuka Honey with a reply from someone who goes by the handle @heyfranhey saying the honey was best used as a facial cleanser.
Earlier this year I started using coconut oil to wash my face. For someone who has battled oily skin for years, using oil to cleanse my face seemed absurd. But sure enough, after doing some research I soon learned that several oils are great at combatting oily skin. And let me tell you, it seemed like I’ve used every facial cleanser known from Noxema, Neutrogena, Cetaphil, St Ives etc. trying to battle acne and the ugly dark scars they leave behind. As I have gotten older (I joined the 40/40 club this past July :-D), my acne isn’t what it was in my teens and twenties. Thank goodness. The hardest habit to break was picking at my face. White heads were gross and I didn’t want any parts of them.
But the results were dark scars that took forever to fade. And on my skin complexion (or any complexion), they just weren’t cool.
Using the coconut oil to cleanse my face has been pretty cool. My face is moisturized and I didn’t need to add any additional moisturizer prior to applying foundation. But again the scars from the few pimples I received took forever to fade away. I did as much research as I could about using Manuka Honey as a facial cleanser. There wasn’t much but what I did find out the benefits of using Manuka honey on the skin here. While running errands one weekend, I decided to go by Whole Foods to see if they had any in stock. I’m impatient and i didn’t want to order it online. From the research, Manuka Honey has an activity rating and 12+ is ideal when treating skin infections and acne. I ended up purchasing this jar for a $23.99. It is pricey but it will last a while and I used it to sweeten my tea. 😉
That day I had a huge hormonal zit on my cheek. I used it as a spot treatment first. Sure enough the zit went down considerably overnight. Winner!!!!! I have been using it just about everyday for about 3 weeks and the scar is just about gone. I damp my skin lightly with water so the honey is easier to spread on my face. It doesn’t look like Sue Bee honey, that’s for sure. I leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off in the shower or with a warm wet wash cloth.
I tweeted this photo to @heyfranhey and she retweeted. One of her followers replied saying the Manuka Honey healed her psoriasis. I posted this photo on Facebook and some of my friends were willing to try it. Not sure if they bought it or not. But I am convinced that the Manuka Honey is the truth and will be part of my face cleansing regimen from now on.