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Honey is a popular home remedy for various health conditions. It has natural antibacterial and calming qualities that may also help soothe inflamed acne blemishes.

Honey contains peptides, antioxidants, Vitamin B, fatty acids and amino acids. When applied to the face, these components can have a soothing effect and help reduce redness, says an article in Healthline.

Honey also has an osmotic effect on the skin – ie it can draw out excess fluid – and thus helps reduce inflammation and makes inflammatory acne look less angry.

TIP: Use natural, raw, unprocessed, and unheated honey with no added ingredients, ideally from organic hives that have not been treated with chemicals or antibiotics. Most brands of honey are treated in some way, by heating or adding water, for example. “These processed honeys are very unlikely to work because the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are destroyed in the processing,” says a dermatologist.

CAUTION: Avoid if you have sensitive skin that might get irritated by honey, propolis, or other bee products.