Honey has a medicinal tradition that goes back to ancient times. Honey has become even more popular in recent times with some research indicating that Honey can accelerate wound healing when applied topically. Several products containing medical grade Honey are now available and are widely used in parts of Europe and Asia.

Honey is widely used in Nautropathic acne treatments. Honey can be applied directly to the skin, or blended into complex formulations. The combination of honey, clays and essential oils is a popular way to make anti-acne facial masks.

Many Naturopathic medicine practitioners believe that Honey can be a helpful addition to an acne treatment regimen. But most clinical research has found the topical application of Honey to be fairly ineffective for reducing acne symptoms. Overall, the effectiveness of Honey for the treatment of acne is unclear.

Honey is primarily a mixture of sugars and water. But Honey also contains anti-oxidants, enzymes and antibacterial molecules. There is a difference between raw and pasteurized honey, as the pasteurization process denatures many of the enzymes present in honey. However, both raw and processed honey are used in homeopathic medicine, depending on the application. Honey may have some antibacterial properties and has been reported to be moderately toxic to acne-causing, P. acnes bacteria.


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