Last video, I let you know how I was experimenting with my skin care routine a bit and how happy I am so far with this new system. I mentioned that one of the magic ingredients for fighting acne is manuka honey.
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a special medicinal grade honey made from bees that collect the nectar of the manuka bush – only found in New Zealand. When I say medical grade, I mean that that it’s incredibly nutrient rich, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti inflammatory – but without side effects! Normal honey has these properties too, but it’s nothing compared to manuka honey.
Manuka honey can be taken internally for all sorts of problems, but it’s also fantastic stuff to use directly on the skin as a facial mask. What can it do?
It has a unique function of drawing the moisture out of bacteria in an affected area, essentially killing it.
And it seems to work well on all sorts of bacteria, even resistant strains.
It can prevent future breakouts by drawing impurities out of the pores.
Keeping pores unclogged is important because a clogged pore is where bacteria gets trapped and festers. This eventually leads to the immune system creating inflammation in that area.
It’s an anti-irritant
Irritating our skin makes it more likely for clogged pores to become inflamed. Irritating facial products are bad news, but luckily manuka is safe even for sensitive skin.
It nurtures, protects, and moisturizes the skin
This not only leads to better and brighter skin texture, but also the super quick healing of pigmentation red marks caused by spots!
Like I said in my last video, I’ve been using it to wash my face like I used to do with regular honey, and when I have the time before bed, I will wash my face and leave the honey on it like a facial mask for a half hour or so. I also mix it with a bit of jojoba oil, and between the two of them, it leaves my skin soft, hydrated, and radiant. The clogged pores on my forehead are also beginning to break up and smooth out!
Okay so what do you need to know about getting your hands on some of this manuka miracle?
Well first of all – I have to say that it does not come cheap! I knew all about manuka honey when I was first beginning my journey to clearer skin, so why didn’t I use it from the start?
Well, I guess I was just too cheap! But I finally decided it was time to give it a go, and I’m glad I did – even if I did drop 40 bucks on a 17 oz jar of it! It shouldn’t cost you that much though, especially if you order it from somewhere like Amazon.com. It was likely just the markup at the local health store plus my remote location. Expect to pay at least 30 though for quality stuff.
And how do you know if it’s quality?
Manuka honey has a few different rating systems called UMF (unique manuka factor), OMA (organic manuka active), or MGO, which let you know how useful it is for your acne fighting and medicinal needs. Not all manuka honey contains the special antibacterial powers, and the words “raw”, “organic”, or “natural” will not guarantee that it does, so the UMF, OMA, or MGO is the most reliable way to know how good the honey really is.
When you’re picking a manuka honey to buy, make sure of these six things:
1. It says UMF, MGO, or OMA clearly on the front of the jar
2. It says “Active” on it
3. It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand
4. It’s from a New Zealand company that is licensed to use the name UMF (which is actually a trademarked name), OMA, or MGO
5. It has the UMF, OMA, or MGO licensee’s name on the front label
6. It has at least a rating of UMF or OMA 15+ or more, or if it is MGO, then at least 250+
Apparently 16 is the highest rating that is naturally found. While there are manuka honeys rated above 20, I’ve heard that some companies artificially reach this lofty rating for marketing purposes, so I’m sticking with 16 and probably wouldn’t go lower than that.
0 – 10 is pretty much just normal honey, and while ratings 10 – 15 are less expensive and have some beneficial properties, they don’t have as much as we’d like. I figure that if I’m going to shell out for honey that’s pricier than normal, I may as well go ahead and get the real good stuff!
For those of you who would like to know, this is the exact honey that I bought.
UPDATE: There seems to be a bit of a question as to whether or not Wedderspoon (the brand of manuka honey I usually recommend as per the link above) has recently changed their practices and lowered the quality of their honey. If this is the case, these are other brands of highly active manuka honey I can find that meet all the right standards:
Okay! So there you go! Manuka honey is highly recommended for acne and clear skin!