My Hormonal Acne and how Manuka honey came to my rescue

I am sure there are many women out there like me who suffer from pimples or acne when their monthly PMT is due to pay a visit. Pimples also occur in adolescence although they can happen at any stage. Both women and men have pimples.

I have never had trouble with pimples as a teenager. It doesn’t run in my family either. However, in recent years, my hormones are more and more out of whack when I am inching closer to my PMT. And pimples just love to make an appearance on my forehead. Sometimes they hurt and sometimes they are itchy. It takes a lot of self-control to not constantly touch them. I am paranoid that they all have puss in them and will leave me with scarring once my PMT passes. Some quick research on google gave me some confidence that these can be cured by eating a balance diet, and tips for some home remedies, that included Manuka Honey in it. How lucky am I that I have access to heaps of good quality Zealandia Manuka Honey!

Apparently not all pimples have puss. I have gathered that there are six different types of pimples. They are

Whiteheads – these are small pimples that remain under the skin and have flesh-coloured papule

Blackheads – these are clearly visible on the surface of the skin because of their colouring. They are either black or dark brown, due to the oxidation of the skin’s pigment, melanin

Papules – These are small, round bumps that rise from the skin and are often pink

Pustules – These are slightly bigger papules but filled with pus. They are clearly visible; the base is red, and the pus is on the top. They can be painful

Nodules – Similar to papules, but only larger. They are quite painful and embedded deep in the skin

Cysts – these are visible on the surface of the skin, filled with pus, painful and usually leave scarring behind

What causes pimples?

When pores become clogged with sebum and dead skin, that causes pimples. Sometimes this leads to infection and inflammation. They affect some people more than others, and the reasons for it is largely unknown.

What are sebaceous glands?

The sebaceous glands are tiny skin glands that secrete sebum, a waxy or oily substance that lubricates the skin and hair. Sebaceous glands are found inside the pores of our skin, all over the body, except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. There are more sebaceous glands on the face and scalp than elsewhere.

As the glands produce sebum inside the pores, new skin cells are constantly growing, and the outer layers of skin are being shed. Sometimes, dead skin cells are not shed. They remain in the pores and get stuck together by the sticky sebum, causing a blockage in the pore. Pore blockage is more likely to occur during puberty, as the sebaceous glands produce more sebum during this time.

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS

  1. Diet will fix everything! NOT. While yes, you can control what you can put in your body. But you need to know that there is no one magical food or potion that is going to fix your pimples.
  2. Oil – use natural essential oils, they are the best for your skin! Again, what works one person does not always have to work for another. Acne varies for each person.

DISCLAIMER: This blog post I am sharing is about what I have done to alleviate my acne, from an anecdotal perspective. It is in no way a cure or promoting to say Zealandia Manuka & Kanuka Honey are a medicine. The blog is based on my research of articles on the internet and the severity of hormonal acne varies for each person. There are lifestyle factors that have an impact for most people and I am just sharing my home remedies that have helped me tackle the issue so that it may help you broaden your knowledge and perspective and hopefully give you some new tools to try out.

The timeline I worked on for my pimples – 7 days

The 1st pimple that that breaks out in my PMT cycle confirms my period is around the corner. As I mentioned before there is no magical solution, I watch what I eat, make sure I am not eating more chippies or fried food. There are times when it just flares up bad and some months it is subtle. My recent one flared up quite a bit. I went a bit over of the top with pimple popping. And that only worsened, as you can see from the pictures. I made a face mask and religiously applied it for about 8 days at anywhere between 30 mins to an hour. It is the best preventative care I could give to my skin.

Day 1 – not many, just a few
Day 3 – They have increased in number
Day 5 – Some Improvement
Day 7 – Much better

I used just 3 ingredients for my facemask – 1t Zealandia Manuka Honey MGO550+, 1t Exotic Blooming Teas Himalayan Rose water (optional) and a pinch home ground turmeric.

Combine ingredients into a mask. Apply on your face and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Wash off with tepid water and tap dry with soft towel and apply moisturiser so the skin is not left dry.

Zealandia Gold Label – MGO 550+ Manuka Honey – This is monofloral honey has only Manuka in it. This honey has a very earthy taste and has bitter afternotes because of the higher potency and is dark amber in colour. Not only does the 550+ help with cold symptoms and gut health, it has an additional benefit of treating minor wounds like cuts, grazes, small burns, skin inflammation etc. because of the high anti-bacterial activity.

Zealandia Certified Organic Kanuka Honey – This is Manuka’s lesser known cousin. It has similar properties to Manuka, except the anti-inflammatory content of this honey is super high. So, it is stronger than our gold label – MGO 550+ and perfect for skincare like facemasks, it is loaded with anti-ageing properties too.

Rose water – is a natural fragrance and has been used in skin applications since medieval times. It helps maintain the skin’s pH balance and helps controls excess oil. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help reduce the inflammation of irritated skin, acne, dermatitis, rosacea, eczema etc.

Turmeric – Is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been long used in Traditional Ayurvedic medicine.

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Kanuka honey native from New Zealand
Kanuka honey native from New Zealand