In today’s post, I want to clear up some things about my manuka honey and jojoba oil face routine that I use and love and also recommend to others.
It seems like I get a fair amount of comments from people saying they love the manuka honey, but I also get a lot of emails and comments from people saying things like “I was all excited about the manuka honey, but then I tried it and I’m breaking out. What the heck? Will this pass?”.
Well, what I’ve generally been saying is that “yes, it will pass”, but I’d like to gather some user experiences here…. are you someone who’s used the manuka, had a bit of an initial breakout and it passed? Are you someone who’s used manuka for at least a month, it broke you out and it didn’t pass? Are you someone who used the manuka, had no problems, and love it?
Tell me in the comments…. what has your experience been with using manuka honey as a face wash or a mask?
Until I get your feedback, I guess I won’t know the answer for certain, but what I currently believe is happening when people complain that they are breaking out from it is any of the following:
1. You Still Think External Skincare is The Messiah
Personally I think people just put way too much stock into external skin care. If you are getting acne, it is because of an internal imbalance – plain and simple.
Bad, chemical filled face washes and creams can totally inflame the problem and make it worse though, and that is why we are switching to something gentle, natural, and non-irritating, not because we expect it to cure us.
In fact, if you are someone who ends up seeing mega reductions in your acne from switching to manuka or something else that’s gentle and natural, it’s likely to be more about what you quit using that was irritating your skin, rather than the manuka itself being the saviour.
But if you aren’t seeing the miracles you expected when switching over, it’s because the truth is this:
If your body is unhappy and wants you to get acne, it doesn’t matter what you put on your face, no matter how good it is.
But people just get so worked up thinking that the next product will clear their skin and be the answer to all their problems, when it won’t be. This is all just conditioning from the advertising that’s been pumped into our brains over the years.
Personally I like manuka honey combined with jojoba oil because it has definitely improved the appearance of my skin. It is smoother, calmer, and it looks a heck of a lot healthier than it did when I used chemical face washes and acne creams. I take comfort knowing that it is not provoking inflammations, and I do think it helps prevent it in my not-so-stubborn acne prone areas. But it has not cured my acne, and I don’t want to promote it like it’s some kind of a miracle.
So ask yourself…. you got a few pimples after you started the manuka, but would you have gotten those anyway? Were you getting the same sorts of pimples before you started the manuka? It’s easy to freak out and blame it on your new routine simply because you expect unrealistic results from it.
2. Skin Sometimes Freaks Out When Switching Routines
That’s all well and good, you say, but now you’re telling me that your acne is actually WORSE than it’s ever been now that you’re on the manuka.
Well this is where I do think it will pass. I think there can be a definite transition period where your skin may get a little upset when switching skin routines, and I think this is especially true if you were using something all chemically before it.
Like you, the skin gets used to its environment… it gets cozy and doesn’t like change. And if you were using chemicals on it, it has been absorbing those for a long time. Suddenly you give it a chance to breathe and it’s going to go through a bit of a detox period where it will purge those toxins and you may break out (this often begins a couple weeks later after the switch).
Again, it’s more to do with what you were using before rather than the manuka itself. However, I believe if you stick it out, the skin will find a balance and you will be much better off for it.
3. You’re Impatient
It’s okay… we’re all impatient!
Initial breakouts aside, I want to remind you that moving from chemicals to natural stuff is definitely a process and it may take a while (even up to two months) before you really notice your skin seeming healthier.
This is something that I learned from my boyfriend’s experiments with quitting shampoo and the whole No ‘Poo movement.
If you don’t know what the “No Shampoo” thing is all about, let me explain:
People are starting to realize that the chemicals in shampoo are very damaging to our hair and scalp, leaving our hair limp and our head’s super greasy. This happens because the chemicals are stripping out the body’s natural oils, causing it to overcompensate with more and more oil. The more you wash with your chemicals, the greasier your hair gets, the more you need to wash, and the cycle goes on and on.
People are doing the same thing all the time to their faces. Think about it.
Anyway, people are discovering that if you quit shampoo and move over to natural, chemical free ways to wash your hair – like with baking soda and apple cider vinegar – your head will not get super oily 24/7 and your hair will have much more volume, bounce, shine and life than it did before.
The thing is, in order to get your head back to producing the right amount of oil so you an enter hair nirvana, you have to go through a really gross, oily phase as you quit shampoo and your scalp learns to stop overproducing.
Some people make the transition really easily and don’t go through any greasy phase, but for others it can take up to two months or more.
What I’m trying to say is that when you switch to natural facial products, you are expecting to see an instant difference. Don’t – learn the lesson from the No Shampoo’ers and realize you have to do your time before your face will figure things out and regulate itself. We’re in this for the long term benefits, guys.
4. Maybe Your Skin Really Doesn’t Like it
I can’t lie…. no one thing works for every person. Honey is generally very non-reactive, but maybe your skin really doesn’t like the manuka. Some people have very, very sensitive skin and even that is too much for it. There is also a chance you could have an allergic reaction to bee products, but there’s no way for me to determine from across the computer if that is what is happening to you or not.
While I’d recommend giving it a chance for at least a month to see how it goes, if something doesn’t make you feel happy, then don’t use it. I’m not selling manuka honey, so it’s not like it matters to me if you use it or not. Just mull over everything I’ve said here and then use your intuition to decide if it’s something you want to continue with or not.
Alternatives to honey for a face wash that you could try are aloe vera, straight jojoba oil, or jojoba mixed with aloe vera.
I hope you found this helpful. Please let me know below what your experiences have been with using manuka honey, or your experiences with switching from chemicals to natural stuff. I’d like to know if my theories are correct!