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A humectant moisturizer from the nectar of flowers. If you’re interested in DIY honey masks and spot treatments for dry, dehydrated and acneic skin you should know that the average pH of honey is about 3.9, with a typical range of 3.4 to 6.1. Avoid if you’re allergic to honey or bees, and make sure to buy real honey not the kind in the plastic bear container which is just corn syrup with a little honey mixed in. Manuka honey is a great option.

Please note: if you’re allergic to royal jelly, propolis, bee stings, etc., you may have an allergic reaction to honey.

See also mel extract.

Sources and additional reading

National Honey Board Food Technology/ Product Research Program, pH and Acids in Honey

Bogdanov, S. (1997). Nature and origin of the antibacterial substances in honey.

Molan, P. C. (2006). The antibacterial activity of honey: 1. The nature of the antibacterial activity.

Cooper, R. A., Molan, P. C., & Harding, K. G. (1999). Antibacterial activity of honey against strains of Staphylococcus aureus from infected wounds.

Isla M, Cordero A, Díaz L, Pérez-Pérez EM, Vit P. (2013). Cosmetic properties of honey.

Mohapatra, D. P., Thakur, V., & Brar, S. K. (2010). Antibacterial efficacy of raw and processed honey.

Brady, N. F., Molan, P. C., & Harfoot, C. G. (1996). The sensitivity of dermatophytes to the antimicrobial activity of manuka honey and other honey.

Willix, D. J., Molan, P. C., & Harfoot, C. G. (1992). A comparison of the sensitivity of wound‐infecting species of bacteria to the antibacterial activity of manuka honey and other honey.

Molan, P. C. (2004). Clinical usage of honey as a wound dressing: an update.

Bizerra, F. C., Da Silva Jr, P. I., & Hayashi, M. A. (2012). Exploring the antibacterial properties of honey and its potential.

Vijaya, K. K., & Nishteswar, K. (2012). Wound healing activity of honey: A pilot study.

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