“This is another great example of how to use honey for acne.”

Honey is one of nature’s true MVPs. It’s a great natural sweetener, it’s incredibly healing on a sore throat, and it makes for a powerful and cheap!facial cleanser.

So good, according to the reportsmy friends gush about DIY honey masks, and wellness gurus say its holistic remedy for pretty much everythingthat I put aside my face wash for a week to use honey as a cleanser instead.

Sweet news, it’s not some crazy new beauty craze: “Honey is the oldest skin-care ingredient and has been used extensively for both medical and skin-care purposes,” confirmsNeil Sadick, MD, the very skin-serious founder of Sadick Dermatology in New York.

If you’ve got skin issues, honey’s a great go-to because it tackles many of the major ones: “It has antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and it nurtures the skin. Honey’sparticularly suitable for sensitive skin,” Dr. Sadicksays.

You might not think of the thick, sweet stuff as a salve for breakouts, buthoney’s antibacterial powers are so strong that it can help acne.“Honey has a very low pH, so a lot of bacterias cannot survive in honey,”says Carla Marina Marchese, the founder and beekeeper behind Red Bee Honey. “It’s about a 3.5 on average on the pH scale, and a lot of bacteria needs to thrive in closer to a 7 on the scale.”

If you’ve got skin issues, honey’s a great go-to because it tackles many of the major ones, like acne.

It has magical calming and moisturizing powers as well. “Honey is moisture-grabbing because it’s a super-saturated solution, meaning the bees mix a lot of sugars into a little bit of water,” says Marchese. “So it’s always trying to grab water from the air to balance out the sugar. This is why people use it for baked goodsit keeps them moist for longer.” On your face thehumectant isgentle enough to use on tender chapped noses from allergies to super red dry, flaky patches.

But before you run to the grocery store to pick up a jar, you shouldn’t just grab any old teddy bear squeeze bottle, I learned. “You need to use the best quality honeythat you can get,” says Marchese, who recommends one that’s raw or from your localfarmer’s market. Manuka’s another type of honey you hear about as down-right medicinal. And though there’s a lot of buzz (and studies) behind it, it frankly costs more. So I set out to see what a $14 bottle of raw honey could do for my face.

So after both experts supplied proof of honey’s awesomeness, I grabbed my jar of raw, organic Red Bee Honey and slathered it on (with my fingers, so prepare to get a little messy). It’s as you’d expect:super sticky. Butthe weirdness quickly turned into a luxurious feeling of a moisturizing mask. Marchese calls the effect a cashmere blanket ofbeauty, and I can see why.

I left it on my face while I showered. Note: some may drip into your mouth, and this isnot something I disliked. I figured the stickiness would be more of a battle to cleanse with, but it was akin to washing off a light mask. The raw honey I used had a honeycomb in it, so there were little particles on my face that did some gentle exfoliating, toowhich makes me question why microbeads were even invented in the first place.

A few days into my honey-washing routine, my acne spots were almost invisible.

I gazed into the mirror with a scrutinizing eye, and noticed a slight difference in my skin. Some spots where my (cursed) adult acne was healing appeared smaller, less angry and red, and my skin had an incredible plumpness to it.My skin felt really clean and soft and I didn’t feel the need to double cleanse with anything else.

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