Acne and pimples occur when the sebaceous glands secrete oil in excessive amounts, which rises to the surface of the skin and gets accumulated in the skin pores and solidifies along with particles of dust and dead skin cells. These clogged skin pores become breeding ground for bacteria and may become inflamed and filled with pus. Pricking or squeezing pimples leaves behind scars that can be difficult to get rid of. Teenagers are most commonly affected by this problem, as the sudden increase in the level of hormones in the body triggers an overproduction of sebum by the glands under the skin. Those who have naturally oily skin are at the greatest risk of facing a severe case of acne and scars.
Benefits of Honey for Skin
One of the best natural means of solving these problems is honey. Honey has natural hygroscopic properties, that is, it has the capacity to absorb moisture from its surrounding environment. Thus, when it is applied on the skin around the pimples, it soaks up the moisture from the microorganisms growing in the skin pores and thereby minimizes the chances of local infection. To make the remedy more effective, you may add a pinch of turmeric powder to two tablespoons of honey, apply it all over your face, allow it to dry for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. You may also add a pinch of cinnamon powder to the honey if you are suffering from an acute case of acne. In addition to its water-absorbing capacity, the acidic nature of honey makes the surface of the skin unsuitable for bacteria to breed and therefore makes pimples disappear naturally. Honey can also soothe inflamed skin and reduce the pain and irritation around pimples.
Honey also quickens the natural drying and healing capacity of the skin and is therefore useful in preventing the appearance of ugly scars on the skin, as well as making old scars fade away gradually. Honey is also an excellent antioxidant and should therefore be used regularly on the skin that has been affected by acne in order to heal and restore the damaged cells and give the skin a softer, firmer and smoother appearance. Additionally, you may use raw honey to exfoliate your skin naturally twice a week, as the sugar grains present in it remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and reduce the chances of the clogging of these pores that causes acne.