On another blog I follow, Crunchy Betty, she organized a challenge for her readers to wash their face with just honey and water at least once a day for 2 weeks. I had been having decent results with my tea tree bar soap, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to take it another step in the all natural direction. Brad and I purchase raw honey at the farmer's market already, and we began to use that to wash our face in the mornings.
The benefits of using honey as a facial cleanser are...
-it is antibacterial and antimicrobial
-slightly drying to soak up oiliness
-incredibly moisturizing at the same time
-contains enzymes which are thought to have anti-aging properties
-it is great for any skin type - acne, aging, normal, dry, etc
-healing properties help repair blemishes and scars
I washed my face with honey daily for about 2 months. The first few times, it seemed funny spreading this sticky stuff all over my face, but I really enjoyed the way it felt. It even works when your honey gets a little harder. I imagined it was adding an exfoliating aspect. I found that the honey was really effective in reducing and healing any blemishes I had already. The problem for me was that new ones were still popping up each day. At the same time each month I broke out worse than I have in years, and that is when I realized that my acne must be partially hormonal. The honey didn't seem to be strong enough to fight against those exceptionally bad break out times, and I have since stopping using it.
I would still encourage others to at least try it out. What works for some, doesn't always work for others. Which is shown in our situation even because Brad still continues to wash his face with honey daily. It has been great for him. For more information, you can check out Crunchy Betty's post about it here - Crunchy Betty's Honey Challenge.
What do you use to wash your face? Do you have any tips for treating hormonal acne?