Raw Honey Face Wash: How And Why To Add To Your Cleansing

As I’m always looking for good natural ways to improve my complexion and keep my skin fighting its advancing years, I come across a lot of potentially useful beauty treatments.

Something I became aware of recently that’s very popular within the natural skin care community is the use of a raw honey face wash for improving the appearance of skin, removing blackheads, and treating skin conditions like acne and rosacea.

Honey comes with a long track record of use for beauty purposes.

The famous Egyptian queen Cleopatra regularly bathed in milk and honey to keep her skin looking smooth and fresh.

And another Egyptian queen famed for her beauty, Nefertiti, is also described in historical records as using it as part of her beauty routine.

So, if it was good enough for them I decided that it’s good enough for me to try also.

There are a number of benefits of using honey on your face that give a good reason for adding it to your daily routine.

The Benefits Of Using A Raw Honey Face Wash

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Skin Protection

Because of all the antioxidants that honey contains, such as polyphenols and flavanoids (1), honey can offer some protection from the harmful effects of sun exposure.

This helps to offer some protection to your skin from the signs aging, reducing the formation of lines, wrinkles and the sagging skin that we associate with the aging process.


As a natural humectant, honey draws water to it and retains it. After washing your face with honey, the trace residue that remains can help to keep your skin looking moisturized.


Honey contains a small percentage of organic acids, usually around 1% of its total composition. The main acid it contains is gluconic acid.

This is a relatively low concentration so it only provides a very gentle amount of skin exfoliation. But used regularly it can help to diminish the appearance of lines on the skin and help to remove blackheads.


One of the most popular skin care uses of honey is for treating acne.

Honey has antibacterial properties that have been shown in scientific studies to kill a range of bacteria that can be found on the skin (2).

No clinical trials have been conducted to look at the effectiveness of honey when used on acne patients, but laboratory studies on manuka and kanuka honey have shown an ability to kill P. acnes, the acne bacteria (3).

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Dry And Itchy Skin

Some people find that honey can relieve patches of itchy and dry skin.

In fact, there is even evidence to suggest that honey can be used in the treatment of more serious skin conditions like dermatitis.

In one study involving 30 people with dermatitis, raw honey mixed with a small amount of water showed significant positive results as a treatment, that was also able to prevent relapse in the long term by continued use (4).

Rosacea Treatment

If you suffer from rosacea, washing your face with honey is something that’s worth trying.

Rosacea is an uncomfortable condition that presents itself as a red rash on your face that won’t go away.

Honey has shown potentuial as a possible natural cure for rosacea due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

A study that looked at the effect of using a 90% kanuka honey solution over a 2 month period on 69 patients concluded that kanuka honey was an effective treatment worthy of further research (5).

Why Type Of Honey Should You Use?

Before you use honey to wash your face, it’s very important to make sure you are using the best type of honey for face care.

A lot of the honey that you can buy in the stores is processed honey that has often been heated and filtered and no longer retains the important enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidants that make honey beneficial to use (6).

So, if you want the full benefits of washing your face with honey it’s important to use a raw, organic, and unfiltered honey.

The darker the honey the better it’s generally considered to be as it’s thought to have a higher level of antioxidants.

Manuka Honey

Many people prefer to use manuka honey, as it’s returned some of the best results from studies into the healing and antibacterial properties of honey (7).

Medical grade manuka honey, produced under sterile conditions and used in wound care, can also be used.


How To Wash Your Face With Raw Honey

So, with all these great benefits of using a raw honey face wash how do you go about doing it?

1. To start with you need to wet your skin with water. This makes it possible to wash your face with the honey. If you put it straight on your skin it will be spread like a face mask because it’s very sticky.

2. Take a teaspoon of honey from the jar, rub it between your fingers and then rub it onto your skin, washing your face as you would if you were using soap or a face wash.

3. If you want to, you can leave the honey on your skin for 10-15 minutes before washing it off again.

How Do You Wash Honey Off Your Face?

You can wash the honey off your face using cold or tepid water, which helps your skin to retain more moisture than hot water. After washing you should pat your face dry with a clean towel.


Side Effects And Precautions

Honey is very safe for most people to use, but there are a few considerations:

  • If you've never used honey on your skin before, it's best to test a small amount on the skin on your arm for 15-20 minutes just to make sure you don't have a reaction to it before you wash your face in it.
  • If you have a pollen allergy, then you might be allergic to honey as well.
  • Honey shouldn't be used on infants less than 12 months old, or by breastfeeding women (8).


Final Thoughts

Honey is a natural skin care treatment that’s safe for most people to use, and many people swear by its ability to rejuvenate their skin.

It’s easy to fit into your regular cleansing routine and from my experience helps to moisturize and refresh the skin when used daily.

If you suffer from the occasional outbreak of acne or pimples then it’s possible it could help you to quickly clear up your complexion.

Have you tried using a raw honey face wash? Let us know about your experiences in the comments.

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