Can You Use Raw Honey For Acne Scars?

Very few people escape their teenage years without experiencing the problem of acne, and for some people this can extend into adult hood as well.

Even when you manage to finally’s escape from this condition the tell-tale signs are often still left on your face. For some people who experience very bad acne this can mean a face that is damaged by acne scars.

It’s understandable that you want to put this condition behind you for good and move on into the rest of your life without the signs of it left on your face.

But, getting rid of scars isn’t easy.

One of the natural treatment methods that is often suggested online is the use of raw honey for acne scars.

Honey has a long history of use in skin care. The Egyptian queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti, both famed for their beauty, used honey as a regular part of their routine for maintaining a gorgeous complexion.

In this day and age honey can be found in a wide range of beauty products, including face creams, and soaps because of its benefits for the skin.

But does using raw honey for acne scars work?

Does Honey Fade Acne Scars?

raw honey for acne scars

If you look around you’ll see a lot of websites recommending the use of raw honey for acne scars.

Unfortunately, this is an example of how a small element of truth can sometimes be exaggerated and regurgitated in countless places over time without evidence to support it.

Raw honey has shown some potential for treating acne and pimples. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that suggest a use.

It’s also commonly used in face masks for its ability to improve the appearance of the skin when used over time.

The truth is that honey does contain a small amount of organic acids such as gluconic acid, around 1% of its composition, which act as a mild exfoliant of skin cells. But, on its own it will not make a major impression on acne scars that are already present on your skin.

Maybe if you used it over many years it could make a small improvement.

Where honey has shown an ability in scientific studies to reduce scarring is post-operatively as a part of the healing process, where research suggests it can speed the healing and tissue repair and minimize the appearance of scars (1). 

So yes, honey might be able to improve scarring when applied to wounds, but that is very different from fading scars that already exist.

Honey Scrubs

So is the use of honey for acne scars a complete non-starter then?

Well, not necessarily.

While honey on its own is not going to get rid of your acne scars any time soon, it can be used as a base for facial scrubs that provide a stronger exfoliating effect.

Exfoliation of the skin over a period of time will diminish the appearance of scars. But, this is a long process that won’t happen overnight. If you have very deep scars then this method might only get you small and gradual improvements.

So finding a good substance to combine with the honey which provides more abrasion can possibly work.

Some people make honey face scrubs using brown sugar or sea salt to provide a gentle exfoliation for their skin when they are practicing natural skin care. But, this is unlikely to have a significant impact on your acne scars.

Using microdermabrasion crystals that can be easily and cheaply purchased online will provide a better response (2).

But, even then it has to be said again that this is a long term process that can bring about improvement over many months and years and will work best for shallow scars.


Final Thoughts On Raw Honey For Acne Scars

Even the best honey for skin is not particularly useful for getting rid of acne scars.

The exfoliating properties it possesses are too gentle to make a significant difference when it’s used on its own.

There is some potential for using it as the base for an exfoliating scrub, but improvements would be very slow even for scars that are shallow.

And even then, there are probably better methods that you can use.

Have you tried using raw honey for acne scars? Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

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