You may associate honey with the hearty sweetness it contributes to beverages and baked goods. You may not have been aware of the fact that honey also contributes many helpful benefits to the skin.
If you are suffering from any of a variety of different mild dermatological conditions, rubbing a bit of honey onto your skin might clear up the issue. The following are five health benefits honey can bring to your skin:
Honey can help to exfoliate the skin.
Exfoliating the skin is important if you're trying to fight a host of different dermatological conditions including acne, wrinkles, and dandruff.
Honey is a good exfoliator when included as an ingredient in a facial scrub or a mask because it contains the organic acid gluconic acid. This acid speeds up the process of shedding dead skin cells so that only healthy, fresh, vibrant skin remains.
Honey can naturally help in the fight against fungal infections.
Honey is known for broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties that help to fight fungal infections. If you're looking for a homemade treatment for conditions like ringworm and foot fungus, honey may prove to be a highly effective natural ingredient.
The antibacterial properties of honey can help to fight acne.
Statistics shows that acne is the most common skin problem Americans face. If you're currently dealing with acne, you should know that the root cause of acne outbreaks is bacteria. If you can control the presence and growth of bacteria on the surface of the skin, you can fight outbreaks.
Facial masks and exfoliators that include honey will be effective at fighting acne. Honey can kill bacteria in a variety of ways. It dehydrates bacteria because it is so high in sugar. Also, it can create small amounts of bacteria-killing hydrogen peroxide when it mixes in with bodily fluids.
The amino acids in honey can help to slow down the aging process.
Amino acids are the primary building blocks of many components of the body, and skin is one of them. Arginine is an important amino acid found in honey that is also a primary building block of skin.
Honey can help the body to rebuild damaged skin and fight the appearance of aging caused by scars, wrinkles, and other skin blemishes.
Honey contains antioxidants that help to get free radicals out of the skin.
When the skin is exposed to certain contaminants like dust and pollution, free radicals can be created that damage the skin. Another environmental factor that notoriously leads to skin damage is sunlight.
Honey contains polyphenols, which are particularly potent antioxidants that help to neutralize these free radicals before they can harm the skin.Share
17 March 2017
While I wasn't fond the reason I had to visit a dermatologist when I was a teenager (I had severe acne that she helped me manage), I feel lucky to have had the experience of visiting a dermatologist and learning just what they can do to help me have great-looking skin. I wasn't happy when I got my first wrinkle at about 30; my acne had just cleared up, and I wanted to enjoy having skin I finally loved for at least a few years! With a little more help from my dermatologist, I am now in my 50s, and many people think I am much younger than I am due to the amazing anti-aging treatments my dermatologist gives me. I want to teach what I have learned about skincare to others who need the advice, so please come back often for new skincare tips!