Honey is not antibacterial for your skin

Many marketers will incorrectly tout honey as an antibacterial ingredient ideal for skin care applications…well honey itself is a self preserved commodity and thus very few known bacteria will develop in honey…..but it does not kill off bacteria nor does it prevent bacteria from forming in other ingredients of a ‘honey-based’ skin care product.

Here is how it works…. Honey is highly saturated fructose and glucose and with miniscule amounts of water it means bacteria have no opportunity to grow in it. Bacteria require a water base in order to grow and multiply (so fruit, vegetables, all animal bodies etc, are perfect environments for bacterial growth – the water content is high). Find out more about honey at Wikipedia.org.

The problem that many ‘honey-marketers’ forget about is that honey can draw moisture out of the air, and thus develop a higher water content that will at some point be ‘liquid’ enough for bacterial growth. When honey is mixed in with other skin care ingredients, water usually makes up the bulk of so many skin care products, so the ability of honey to resist bacteria is dramatically reduced. These formulations still need to include anti bacterial and anti fungal preservatives in order to make them safe for you to use on your skin and store in your home.

For anti bacterial effectiveness try a colloidal sulfur like clear-it. Sulfur is wonderfully antibacterial.

If you want something soothing – then honey is a good solution….on the skin as well as internally. The pH of honey averages at 3.4pH which means it is a lower pH than your skin so irritated and sensitive skin may feel more tingling/stinging than soothing when honey is applied to the skin. For something really soothing try r-relief or instant calm ultra complex.

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