Honey, Hormonal Acne?
Hey Everyone, Sophie here! 👋
I make it quite public that I suffer from hormonal (often cystic) acne. This wasn't always easy to do as it was one of my biggest insecurities.
Cystic acne, is a harsh reality for hormonal acne sufferers who often have bad reactions to inflammation. I’ve experienced this hormonal acne first-hand, meaning this mission is more than about a product: it’s personal. So why did we start with a honey mask?
Honey, being a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredient, has shown to reduce the level of inflammation experienced in cystic outbreaks. Containing methylglyoxal, an antibacterial compound said to prevent acne-causing bacteria from regenerating, honey is also a powerful humectant, meaning it draws and retains moisture in the skin. It's power to speed up the skin’s healing process, including reducing inflammation, means it is now even used by doctors in clinical settings!
A chap called Dr. Peter Molan, in the 1980’s, uncovered that a mild hydrogen peroxide antiseptic was released when the honey came into contact with the human skin. Reducing microbial pathogenicity, as well as reversing antimicrobial resistance, makes honey a powerful ingredient in the healing and prevention of hormonal, or cystic acne.
Having a what is called, 'osmotic' effect on the skin, it can help draw out excess fluid, thus reducing inflammation—one of the main contributors of hormonal acne. It is a potent, all-natural, treatment mechanism. Its low pH means that bacteria oftentimes cannot survive.
Having experienced potent contact dermatitis and flakiness myself despite having oily skin, I truly believe in the power of honey to relieve the most painful of skin conditions.
Pic: This is little Betty, her late grandfather was a local beekeeper too 🥰