You might put honey in your tea or drizzle it on your toast, but did you know that it is also beneficial for your skin and can even be used to treat hyperpigmentation? Hyperpigmentation, sometimes referred to as sunspots or age spots, is a very common skin condition where some patches of skin are darker than others. These skin patches can appear as many different colours on the skin, and can be a blow to your self confidence.
In this blog post you'll find everything you need to know about using manuka honey for skin pigmentation including:
- What hyperpigmentation is
- What causes hyperpigmentation
- Using Manuka honey to treat skin pigmentation
Keep reading to discover the many benefits of Manuka honey and how you can start using it to treat hyperpigmentation today.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a term that describes patches of skin that are darker than others. It can affect anything from small patches of skin to large areas, sometimes even affecting the whole body. Hyperpigmentation can appear as brown, black, gray, red or pink spots or patches.
What Causes Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is quite common and not usually cause for concern. It most commonly occurs when the skin produces excess melanin. But what causes it?
There are a number of non-threatening things that cause hyperpigmentation such as:
- Sun exposure
- Skin Inflammation (ie. eczema and psoriasis)
- Acne-related blemishes
- Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy
What is Manuka honey?
Manuka honey is highly effective in treating hyperpigmentation. Manuka honey is a powerful type of honey native to New zealand. It's known for its impressive wound healing capabilities and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an obvious choice for treating many skin conditions.
It contains higher concentrations of Methylglyoxal than regular honey, giving it its powerful antibacterial properties.
Since hyperpigmentation is often caused by inflammation, manuka honey is extremely effective in both treating and preventing skin pigmentation because of its ability to fight off bacteria that can lead to inflammation. It is also highly moisturizing and can prevent further breakouts caused by dry skin.
Benefits of Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is a natural humectant that deeply penetrates the skin. If you are struggling with dry or itchy skin, Manuka honey is a great choice. It also works really well alongside other natural moisturizing ingredients like shea butter. Use manuka honey alongside our Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap Bar, made with shea butter, for ultimate moisturizing effects.
Fights Acne and Blemishes
Because of its antibacterial properties, Manuka honey fights off bacteria that causes breakouts. It can also speed up the healing of pimples because of its wound healing properties due to its low pH. Healing your breakouts naturally can help prevent your blemishes from turning into hyperpigmentation.
Manuka honey is highly beneficial if you are struggling with eczema or psoriasis. Firstly, it is highly moisturizing for flaky, dry skin caused by eczema. Secondly, its antibacterial properties help prevent infection that may occur alongside eczema due to scratching that causes skin to crack or bleed.
How to Treat Hyperpigmentation using Manuka Honey
To reap the benefits of Manuka honey for hyperpigmentation, you can simply apply it straight to your skin. However, this can be quite sticky and messy, deterring many people from using it. The best way to use manuka honey for skin pigmentation is to use facial products containing manuka honey. Luckily, the benefits of manuka honey are pretty well known to skin care companies and it is included in many products.
We recommend this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. This moisturizer is made with only 6 ingredients and is free from any harsh fragrances or chemicals. It is perfect for sensitive skin and is made with both Manuka honey and Manuka oil for maximum nourishment.
Reap the Powerful Benefits of Manuka Honey
If you're looking for a way to treat skin pigmentation naturally, start by using manuka honey today.