How To Use Honey for Acne Scars

How To Use Honey for Acne ScarsAcne is a common problem today and many of us don’t even know the reason behind its occurrence.

When dirt, dead skin cells, and other toxins clog pores, oil gets trapped beneath the skin, resulting in bacterial infections that cause acne breakouts. Hormonal imbalances, poor skincare routine, unhealthy diet, and other factors cause acne.Unfortunately, breakouts leave scars which are even harder to remove.

You don’t have to waste money on expensive creams filled with chemicals that cause unwanted side effects. There are a variety of natural, affordable and effective home remedies available to reduce the appearance of acne scars. And honey for pimple marks is the most effective ingredient used in such remedies.

Is Honey Good for Acne scars?

  • Honey contains natural antibiotics that protect against bacteria that cause acne.
  • Honey helps heal damaged skin cells.
  • Interactions between the sugar in honey and the secretions from a healing breakout trigger the production of hydrogen peroxide, which kills the bacteria that cause acne and naturally bleaches away scars.
  • Because it is naturally antiseptic, honey minimizes the severity of a breakout, so that it leaves behind less of a scar.
  • As a natural moisturizer, honey keeps skin healthy, soft, and smooth.
  • Honey soothes and helps heal, reducing inflammation that leads to more severe acne scars.
  • The anti-oxidants in honey help repair damaged skin.
  • Honey contains many vitamins and minerals skin needs to heal and remain clear.

How to Use Honey for Acne Scars:

Honey can be used alone and in combination with other natural ingredients that heal damaged skin cells and fade scars. Processed honey does not contain all the nutrients present in raw honey, so for best results, always use raw, organic honey to remove acne scars.

Are you wondering how to get rid of acne scars with honey? Try all the methods below until you find the one that works best for you.

1. Raw Honey Mask  for Acne Scars

  • Wash your face and pat dry.
  • Apply a thin layer of raw, organic honey to your entire face.
  • Leave on 10 minutes.
  • Massage skin with wet fingers, using circular motions.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • For best results, leave honey on overnight.

2. Honey and Lemon Mask for Acne Scars

Lemon is also antibacterial, and it is a natural bleaching agent that fades acne scars.

  • Mix equal quantities of honey and fresh lemon juice.
  • Wash face with mild face wash and pat dry.
  • Apply mixture to skin and leave on 15 minutes.
  • Spritz skin with lukewarm water and massage gently, using circular motions.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

3. Honey and Cinnamon

  • Mix equal quantities ground cinnamon and raw honey
  • Apply to skin and leave on 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

4. Honey and Turmeric

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and it soothes skin to reduce inflammation.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 15 minutes.
  • Massage skin with wet fingers for 3 minutes to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

5. Honey and Nutmeg

Nutmeg reduces inflammation, swelling, and redness.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

6. Honey and Brown Sugar

Brown sugar exfoliates to remove toxins from pores.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar.
  • Apply to skin and leave on until dry.
  • Now massage gently in circular motions with wet fingers.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

7. Honey, Kosher Salt and Lemon Grass

Kosher salt and lemon grass kill bacteria that cause acne and exfoliate to lighten scars.

  • Mix equal quantities of honey and kosher salt.
  • Stir in 5 drops lemon grass extract.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 10 minutes.
  • Massage gently with wet fingertips for 3 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

8. Honey, Lemon and Warm Water

  • Mix 1 teaspoon ofhoney and the juice of 1 lemon into a glass of warm water.
  • Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to flush toxins from the body and prevent acne.

9. Honey and Olive Oil

Olive oil moisturizes and removes toxins from pores.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons each of raw honey and olive oil.
  • Gently massage into scars for 5 minutes, using circular motions.
  • Soak a clean cloth in hot water, wring out excess, and place over honey mask.
  • Leave on until cool, then use cloth to remove mask.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat twice a week.

10. Honey and Tomato

Tomato contains lycopene, an anti-oxidant that helps heal damaged skin cells, and it removes impurities from pores and balances the skin’s pH levels.

  • In a blender, mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 ripe tomato until smooth.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 20 minutes or until dry.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

11. Honey, Oatmeal, and Lemon

Oatmeal moisturizes while exfoliating to remove dead skin cells and fade away scars. Lemon lightens the skin to remove dark spots on skin

  • In a blender, grind 2 tablespoons of oatmeal until powdery.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey and the juice of half a lemon and blend until smooth.
  • Apply to skin, massaging gently in circular motions for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Or mix 1/4 cup of oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of honey.
  • Apply to the skin to exfoliate and clear acne scars.
  • Leave on 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water

12. Honey, Papaya, Milk, Gram Flour, and Cucumber

  • In a blender, mix 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of fresh papaya, 1 tablespoon of milk, 1 teaspoon of gram flour (besan), and ¼ of a cucumber until smooth.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 15 minutes or until dry.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily for at least a week.

13. Honey and Aspirin

The salicylic acid in aspirin helps heal acne, tighten and smooth skin, and fade scars.

  • Grind 3 aspirin tablets into powder.
  • Mix with 2 teaspoons of honey to make a paste.
  • Apply to acne scars affected areas and leave on 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water, pat dry, and apply oil-free moisturizer.
  • Repeat daily.

14. Honey, Lemon Juice, Almond Oil, and Milk

  • Mix 1 tablespoon each of raw honey, fresh lemon juice, almond oil, and milk in a blender until smooth.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily for 10 days to observe the difference.

15. Honey, Lemon Juice, and Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics that protect against the bacteria that cause acne. It also cools, soothes, and softens skin.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, the juice of half a lemon, and ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt until smooth.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 30 minutes or until dry.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat 4 times a week.
  • For best results prepare mask fresh for each use.

16. Honey and Mint Leaves

It is very effective for dry skin people. Mint restores the skin’s moisture.

  • Crush ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves to make a paste.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of mint paste with 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • Apply moisturizer if you have extreme dry skin before applying the mint honey paste.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Apply oil-free moisturizer.
  • Repeat daily.

17. Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar removes dead skin cells and other toxins from pores and restores the skin’s pH level. This process exfoliates the skin to break up the scar tissue and unclog the pores of the skin.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 teaspoons of cooled green tea, and 4 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Apply to skin, massaging gently in circular motions.
  • Leave on 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat twice a week.

18. Honey and Baking Soda

Baking soda exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and fade acne scars.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  • Apply to wet skin, massaging gently in circular motions.
  • Leave on 2 minutes, then rinse with luke warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat twice a week.

19. Consume Raw Honey for Acne Scars

Raw, organic honey is one of nature’s super foods. Eating at least 1 teaspoon per day gives you a variety of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants your body needs to stay healthy inside and out. It also strengthens the immune system, enabling it to fight off the bacteria that cause acne.

Tips and precautions

For best results, follow the advice below when using honey to treat acne scars.

  • Those who are allergic to pollen and honey bees should not use honey to fade acne scars.
  • Before starting regular honey treatments, do a patch test to find out if you are allergic to it.
  • If these methods do not noticeably fade acne scars within 8 weeks, consult your dermatologist.
  • To prevent acne, stay hydrated, get regular exercise, and eat a healthy diet.

Have you tried any of these methods for using honey for acne scars? Tell us which ones worked best for you?

169 comments
    1. Yes it can. The natural bleaching properties of lemon lighten the skin. Honey locks the moisture in skin cell and keeps it hydrated.

    1. Actually, banana peels also help in whitening the teeth. Take a fresh banana peel and rub it on the teeth for 2 minutes and rinse off with water. Repeat daily.

    1. Yes you can but read the ingredients mentioned on the package and check if there are any preservatives or artificial flavours added.

    1. Every one of us have different skin, so it is difficult to say the best method that works best on your skin. Try different methods and find out the one that suits your skin. Avoid methods or ingredients that your are allergic to.

  1. I’m trying honey its my 2nd day and it is working for me seen difference already. My face feels and looks smooth. My only question now is the honey also going to take away the black spots?? Thank you so much

  2. Can I try different methods each day or I must stick to one particular method? I’ve been having some pimples on my chest and back and it leaves acnes on the spot, it itches also. Any help on that?

    1. Stick to one method for at least 2 weeks but to see the results. If you are not achieving any results switch to another one.

  3. I tried applying just lemon juice on my face and it’s making me break out.What could be the problem

    1. Yes, you can. Apply honey to affected area, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off with water. You can add tomato or lemon juice to honey for more effective results.

    1. It is difficult to tell the exact time as everyone’s skin and healing capacity is different. Repeat the process until you achieve the results. If you have sensitive skin, then it can be a little harsh on your skin.

  4. hiii my skin is oily and few acne scars are
    leaved on my right side face after acne treatment(i think these acne scars by using glyco 6%& glyco 12%) these give my dermatologist for fade acne scars but i m stop using them
    so i think i will start natural treatment for less side effects
    i think i will start honey for feading acne scars, blackheads on my nose & for smooth skin

      1. is there still a chance to cure such old acnes scars.because they are not that new scars in my face anymore. i am just thinking too what way to avoid them on marking small holes in my face 🙁 could you help me? thankyou somuch.

        1. By following the above methods you can try both old and new scars. Apart from that you have to exfoliate and moisturize daily.

  5. Since it is difficult to find raw honey, what i found in the market is SueBee honey, an American brand. I dont see the ingredients on the bottle. What I know is it is a pure honey (as shown on the label). My question is can i use this to treat my acne marks? Do I leave it on my face overnight? Thanks

    1. As you didn’t find raw honey, you can try it. Try if you can find manuka honey or agave nectar. You can use these apart from raw honey. If you didn’t find any of them you can try the SueBee Honey.

      1. Kindly guide me about the duration of moisturizer application on face.. and can aloe vera gel (Product) be used as moisturizer ?

  6. Hi. I have acne and acne scars..is it ok to use clover runny liquid honey? Or is there any specific type of honey?
    Thankx

  7. There r so many pimple scars and blackspots in my face. I am really worried. I want to remove it soon. Can I use many methods on oneday above which u mention.? Or must use one method? To see the result

    1. Don’t use all methods in a single day. Choose a method which you think might provide best results and try it regularly. Wait for at least a month to see the results. If you didn’t find any change in this time period then try another remedy. Apart from following the remedies, drink plenty of water to flush out toxins, exfoliate regularly to remove accumulated dead skin cells and oil and consume nutritional food to balance your hormones.

  8. I always use raw honey or castor oil to clear pimples and black spots. And my face is now smooth and soft

    1. As per your description we are unsure whether you want to add honey and milk while preparing soap and add it to regular soap while bathing. You can make a soap using the both ingredients but we don’t recommend the latter. Use it as a mask instead of mixing it with soap.

  9. I have been having chronic pimples on my face,chest and back with black spots can I use the mixture of honey, milk and lemon juice to treat

    1. Yes, you can. Mostly, chronic pimples are mainly caused due to hormonal imbalance. Apart from trying natural remedies, you have to maintain a proper nutritional diet and drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins.

  10. i have do everything for getting clear skin bt i cant..plz tel me the best method ..my skin is oily
    tell me the some nature method…plz reply

    1. Try 2, 11, 12, or 18 methods mentioned above in the article. Apart from that exfoliate the skin regularly to remove accumulated dead skin cells.

      1. i have been using honey and lemon for last two weeks bt i cant get rid of pores and scars competeiy…..can i use aloe Vera gel with honey for pores and scars

      2. can i use aloe Vera gel with honey for pores and scars…i used honey and lemon for two weeks bt i cant get competely clear skin

    1. Yes, it will but repeat the application regularly. The antioxidants present in honey help in repairing the damaged skin.

    1. You can use any scrubs for exfoliating your skin. We recommend to use natural scrubs like honey with sugar for exfoliating.

    1. We don’t recommend any medicine here. Yet dietary changes can be the real medicine for treating acne completely. Mostly acne are caused due to problems like gut issues, oily skin, infection in the intestines and others. Avoid junk, oily and sugary foods. Eat a healthy diet which include fresh vegetables and fruits.

  11. I have a few acne scars problem on my right cheeks . For how long will it takes to remove the acne using the honey?

    1. The time limit depends on your skin type and healing capacity so it is difficult to tell. Apart from trying the remedies, exfoliate, moisturize and apply sun screen before going out for effective results.

  12. Hey im using multani mitti to remove my pim0les but they are many… it is showing results but not in the effective way… can i use raw honey and multani mitti both to remove my pimples! ?

  13. M really suffering from acne scars. .i want to vanish them… Which method would give results in minimum time period. .

    1. Every method mentioned in the above article is effective in lightening the scars. It is difficult to choose one of them for you as we are not aware of your skin type. The method which works for one may not work for you and vice versa. So it is better to choose any of them as per your preference and skin type. Try it regularly to lighten the acne scars. Apart from that you have to exfoliate and moisturize regularly for effective results.

  14. when i research i discover my kind of rash on my face are called papules, i have use honey and tumeric, banana mask, honey and tomato, just little result bu i have have d rash

    1. As you have seen some result with first application, continue using it for another few days to completely get rid of it.

    1. No, it is better to used freshly prepared mixture every time for effective results. But if you don’t have time, you can store the mixture in refrigerator for not more than 2 days.

  15. i am using honey,powdermilk&suger to get rid of pimples and pimples darkspots but this my first time is this right

  16. mam i used honey and lemon for more then one month but i dont get fully clean skin..my ance scars and holes and pimples are nt finished completly

  17. hello, there are some holes and acne scars on my face.plz tell me what shoud i do. it will be big pleasure of me.thanx

    1. Try any method mentioned above in the article to reduce the appearance of small holes and acne scars. Apart from that exfoliate and moisturize regularly.

  18. I ve used retino ac gel prescribed by a dermatologist and it helped me to get rid of some acne.but now my face is full of red scars and blackheads.plz recommend a natural remedy to clear my skin fastly.

  19. Plz can u tel me which method shall I use soo that my acen scars and there or some small holes on my face left by the pimples
    How can I reduce it in shorter period of time

    1. You can try any method mentioned in the article as per your convenience. It is difficult to tell the exact healing time as everyone’s skin is different. So, try the methods with some patience until you achieve the results.

  20. I have dry skin nd small pimples on my both cheeks… So can i use honey nd turmeric… as i used some home remedies using turmeric earlier..

  21. Can I apply soap on face in morning after washing the honey and lemon mask in the neight. Please tell me as soon as possible.

    1. Yes, you can apply. But make sure it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. It is better to use a mild soap or foaming cleanser.

  22. combination of honey and aloe vera is good or bad for the dark spots ?I developed a dark spot three weeks ago. please tell how long will it take to fade , my skin type is normal.

    1. Yes, the combination of honey and aloe vera is helpful in reducing the dark spots. Lemon contains bleaching properties while aloe vera encourages new cell growth. It is difficult to tell the exact time as it depends on the person’s healing capacity.

    1. Yes, the combination is very effective in reducing the acne scars. Baking soda helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells and its bleaching properties lighten the skin. While honey nourishes and moisturizes the skin.

    1. Yes, the combination of honey and curd is effective in removing acne. Curd contains soothing properties to reduce the inflammation and irritation. Honey contains antibacterial properties which deal with the bacteria causing acne.

    1. It is difficult to tell the exact time frame as everyone’s skin is different. You should be seeing improvement in few weeks. So, try the process regularly until you notice the results.

    1. You can try remedy mentioned above in the article. Apart from that, exfoliate and moisturize the affected areas regularly.

    1. It is difficult to tell as everyone’s skin texture and healing capacity is different. So, we recommend trying it regularly until you find the results.

    1. Yes, honey can be used to reduce dark spots and liver spots. Combine 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of freshly extracted onion juice. Mix well and apply the mixture on the liver spots. Leave the application 15 – 20 minutes and rinse off with water. Repeat the process daily to reduce the spots.

    1. Yes, it is normal. However, if it causing unbearable itching, prickly or burning sensation then avoid using it further and try any other remedy.

    1. We have never tried this combination. However, you can try it and see if you can observe any improvement. And don’t forget to share your experience.

    1. The combination of lemon and honey mentioned in the article is one of the best ways to treat boxcar scars. So, try the process without interruption as mentioned to achieve the results.

  23. Please can I apply honey on my spot face after washing my face Nd using my baby face cleanser?

  24. I am getting married after 2weeks…but I have a lot of acne and scars in overall my face…..my skin is already very sensitive….I want to know if I use honey and lemon daily on my face…it will cure within 2weeks ???? Please reply asap, I am waiting for ur answer…

    1. Nope, home remedies take time to provide results. You may observe a slight improvement however, the complete relief cannot be achieved within 2 weeks of time.

  25. I have acne a long time ago , so I consulted a dermatologist and uses some medications , my acne is no more but there are some red spots on my cheeks so please tell me which method is good for red spots?

  26. Hi,please I have this dark sports on me almost 10years ago and hv been using different kinds of cream to clear it but its not working out.What method can I use please?

    1. You can try 2, 4, or 12th method mentioned above in the article. Apart from that exfoliate and moisturize regularly.

  27. Hi. Is it natural to feel little bit itches when you try to leave raw honey on your face overnight? Second question is: Can applying Raw Honey alone makes my acne holes less noticable? Thanks.

    1. A slight itching feeling is pretty normal and nothing be worried about. Yes, applying raw honey alone can also reduce acne holes.

    1. Yes, it can. Honey contains vitamins, minerals and other beneficial properties which heal the damaged skin cells and encourage growth of new cells.

  28. Tell me that only honey use on my face for remove marks of pimple oterwise honey and lemon who are better pls tell me

  29. I have mosquito bite scars on my hands and legs. It is there since two years. I didn’t do any treatment for it till now. Can honey help?

    1. I have mosquito bite scars on my hands and legs. It is there since two years. I didn’t do any treatment for it till now. Can honey help?

  30. hi i had a mole removed from my nose it left an a small indented scar. will raw honey help fill it in if i leave honey on my face over night regulary

  31. i cant find raw honey so i used langnese black forest honey instead, it says that it has black coloring added to it, is it ok and safe to use?

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