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Natural Acne Solutions: Honey

Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Raw Blue Agave, 44 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 2)It has been said that honey inside sealed Egyptian jars have remained unspoiled for thousands of years. This is because honey absorbs moisture, living no room for mold and bacteria to thrive and it also has antimicrobial properties, which prevents it from spoiling.

During the early times, honey has been used to treat infected wounds and heal burns. Ancient Egyptians also used it for embalming the dead. Today, medical experts are rediscovering the potent antibacterial and antiseptic properties of honey.

For those who suffer from acne, the word "antibacterial" is also almost synonymous to "anti-acne" because acne are skin inflammations that are most often caused by the bacteria trapped in the skin. And honey, being a natural antibacteria that it is, can indeed help in clearing up one's face with acne.

However, not all honeys are the same. Maybe you've heard or read honey being termed as raw, comb, crystallized, etc. What you would want to use on your face is raw, untreated and unheated honey. When honey is heated or processed, it loses it's antimicrobial or antibacterial properties which will render it useless in treating acne, as well as other types infection.

Raw honey is honey that were extracted directly from the bee hive and did not undergo any heating process. It may even contain some bits of wax and pollen, and often has a very thick consistency. To use raw honey on your face, simply rub on the affected areas with your clean hands. If the honey is too thick, just also it to melt at room temperature or you can use your own body heat and melt it in your hands. You can also apply it all over your face like a mask. Leave it for at least 15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. You should do this everyday for a few days to a few weeks before you can see any effect.

The other good thing about honey is that it is also a humectant, which attracts water in the air and retains it. This property also makes honey a good and natural skin moisturizer. It is rumored that Cleopatra herself, bathed in milk and honey that's why she had a glowing, beautiful skin, so it's worth to try and include honey in your beauty regimen.