Pimples are curse to your social life. This most common skin condition will be experienced by everyone at least once in their lifetime. Unfortunately you can’t prevent it completely. Hormonal imbalance being mere cause behind these blemishes, with simple home remedies you can reduce inflammation, redness and acne bumps.
Lemon and honey for pimples fights bacteria behind acne lesions and its anti-inflammatory property soothes irritation. These innate remedies come with no or minimum side-effects. If you’ve dry skin then limit the use of lemon juice or apply moisturizer soon after treating with lemon juice and honey.
Lemon and Honey for Pimples – Proven Home Remedy for Acne
1. Antibacterial Agents Thwarts Bacteria
Antibacterial properties in honey (preferably manuka honey) suppress P. acnes bacteria. A research carried out, which shows ingredients with antibacterial agents will destroy bacteria and yeast.
Both honey and lemon are packed with antibacterial property making them natural alternative for pimples. (1)
2. Antimicrobial Properties
Antimicrobial agents are not proven to treat acne in all cases. It does have some impact when combined with other antibiotics. Experts say treating pimples or acne demands long term process and they are afraid P. acnes may become resistant to antimicrobial agents; this is why they recommend combining it with other antibiotics.
Drugs.com states lemon juice exhibits slight antimicrobial property, whereas antimicrobial agents are packed in honey.
3. Antioxidants Heals and Fight Free Radicals
Acneeinstein.com states, inflammation is the main cause of acne lesion. Though media exaggerated benefits of antioxidants for healthy skin, real time results are far away from claims. Anyhow, when coming to acne, to some extent it’s true.
A study carried out for 2 months on acne affected people, treating with 30mg of zinc gluconate reduced inflammation by 57%. Another study carried out with antioxidant supplement, and the result is, within 12 weeks 79% of them showed >80% of improvement.
Fortunately, antioxidants are housed in both lemon juice and honey. You can take it topically or consume it to treat pimples.
4. Reduces Inflammation with Anti-inflammatory Agents
As you know acne is accompanied by swelling and inflammation. Inflammation is nothing but body’s natural response to microscopic attack.
In a detailed view, P. acnes is not the main cause of acne, it just worsens the situation. Main cause is inflammation. Bacteria feed on excess sebum and in return they give you inflammatory waste, which increases acne condition.
Anti-inflammatory agents will come in handy to protect you from inflammation. Lemon and honey both are packed with this exceptional quality.
5. Other Nutritional Properties
Lemons are packed with vitamin C and citric acid, which plays vital role in reducing aging marks and acne scars. Healing agents in honey affect on injuries and on acne lesions to fasten healing process. You can use any one of them to fade acne scars.
How to Apply Lemon and Honey on Face for Pimples?
To reap nutritional benefits of lemon and honey you’re free to consume or topically apply over the affected skin. Dip cotton ball in honey or lemon juice and smoothly apply on face. Before you rush to kitchen to hold honey jar, read this.
Media is hyping benefits of honey for skin and the practical results are not far away, but the honey available in stores are processed and barely have above listed properties. So when you apply it over pimples you’ll be depressed to see no results. Depending on different aspects like cultivation time and resources available, honey can be classified into different types. Manuka honey is one such type that works for treating pimples.
Likewise, if you’re using only lemon juice add rosewater to it, as it stripes natural moisture over the skin. Instead I recommend blending both lemon and honey for pimples. This way you get benefited from inflammatory properties of lemon and hydrating properties of honey.
Post lemon & honey application, topically apply any natural moisturizer.