Saturday, April 30, 2011

Honey as a Natural Remedy for Baby Acne

Pure and natural honey often can clear up baby's skin. It's not just a food, it's an antiseptic.

Honey is amazingly antibacterial. It's so antibacterial that some cosmetic surgeons even use it in skin prep before cosmetic surgery. Bees have to protect their hives from all manner of infections brought into the hive, and the propolis in honey is how they do it.

Just so we're clear, what we are talking about here is putting a tiny dab of honey on baby's blemishes. A spoonful of honey can also help the medicine go down, but the way to use honey as a natural remedy for baby acne is on your baby, not in your baby. You don't have to add sugar to your newborn's diet to get rid of acne!

How does honey work?

The royal jelly contains compounds that activate keratinocytes, the skin cells that make the collagen that helps pimples heal. Dutch researchers have found that medical-grade honey applied to the skin takes just 48 hours to eliminate 99% of Enterobacter cloacae, Enterococcus faecium, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Klebsiella oxytoca bacteria.

Over 240 scientific studies confirm that honey kills bacteria. To be absolutely honest, however, no study proves that honey kills the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that cause acne. Even so, honey is completely non-toxic and likely to work. It doesn't interfere with any other treatments and it is very inexpensive—you can always eat the rest of the jar.

How do you use honey on baby acne? 

As you would with any other product, test a tiny amount of the product on the back of baby's arm for 24 hours to make sure there are no allergies or adverse reactions. Then place a tiny, tiny amount of the blemishes, let it dry for 20 minutes, and then wipe off with a soft, warm, moist, clean wash cloth. Repeat twice a day until pimples clear up. The effect will not be immediate on existing pimples, but it will stop the formation of new pimples, and allow baby's skin to get rid of existing pimples all on its own.

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