Honey has been used to heal wounds since the time of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Although it may not seem wise to smear something as thick and sweet as honey on your face to clear acne, a manuka honey mask actually leads to healthy, glowing skin and has no real side effects.
What Is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a monofloral honey. These honeys have distinctive flavor, color and consistency because they are mostly made from the nectar of one kind of plant.
Manuka honey has been said to cure many ills, from acne and eczema to sore throats and gingivitis, as well as boost the immune system, ease acid reflux and enhance athletic performance.
Studies done in New Zealand and England have shown that manuka honey kills MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a deadly bacterial infection that occurs in hospitals and which is almost impossible to treat otherwise.
All honeys contain trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide, which has been used by hospitals to cleanse wounds and is still used for that purpose in many American households.
Since manuka honey has been shown to have healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, it is reasonable to believe that it will soothe troubled skin.
There are no reported side effects to using a pure manuka honey mask. Anyone with sensitive or severely damaged skin should read the labels on all manufactured manuka honey masks to make sure they contain no harsh chemicals.
Where to Get Manuka Honey Masks
Manuka honey masks are mainly available online. ThriftyFun.com suggests making your own by simply applying manuka honey to your face, letting it sit for 15 minutes, then rinsing it off. You can warm it in the microwave before applying it, if you prefer.
References and ResourcesDaily Mail.co.uk
National Center for Biotechnology Information.com
US News & World Report