Honey Face Wash Challenge – The Results

ETA: Update At The Bottom

Hello my honeys! We are at the end of the two week honey face wash challenge and it’s time to talk about our results!

For those that are just see things for the first time, you can catch up by reading these posts.

Crunchy Betty’s Challenge

Crunch Betty’s Honey Face Wash Makeup Remove & Check-In

Food Embrace Takes The Challenge

Food Embrace’s Week One Check-In

Let’s talk about honey!  I have been dutifully using honey on my face twice a day and I only missed one wash with honey during this whole two week challenge. When Crunchy Betty mentioned using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as toner, I have done that a few times as well.

With the makeup remover version, I found that the baking soda was actually a little bit too harsh of a scrub on my face.  I also found that using a straight face cloth to wipe away the honey and to help remove the makeup was also a little rough on my face.  Though that method is much preferred over the baking soda.  It worked well enough but I may need an alternative method for makeup removal.  This will take a bit more research on my part.

In regards to acne, I am pleased to say that no new pimples have popped up since using honey to wash my face.  I was curious to see the results of this and I’m super stoked about the outcome.  I put it to the test too!

I started this challenge just after having some waxing done on my face and I always breakout around my lip and on my chin afterwards.  No matter what, I get small little pimples all over.

With using honey, I got two super super small ones that popped up the day after waxing but with using honey, they were gone the following day.  Poof gone!

Also, I had about the worst case of PMS these past few weeks along with a major amount of stress that I was also battling.  Normally my chin would have erupted and I would have been even more cranky.  But using the honey face wash twice a day, nothing.  Not one little blimp showed up.

This makes me extremely happy.  Pardon the red splotches on my face, this is actually due to the fact that Scott was cracking me up right before taking the picture.  When I truly laugh, my face turns red. Now you know my secret.

My skin is clear and it also has taken on a very lovely kind of “brightness”.  It doesn’t look oily, it just looks shiny like it’s brand spanking new.

When I use honey, I take the time to really massage and rub it into my skin.  Especially in the “trouble” spots which for me is my nose, chin, and around the lip area.  I let it sit on my face for a few minutes and then rinse away.  For now, if I have makeup on, I use a washcloth in small circular motions to remove the makeup and honey.

I am still toning and moisturizing my face like normal.  I’m researching other face creams and pondering creating my own.  For now I’m using a regular face lotion in the AM and then a Lush lotion in the evening.  I might start using that in the AM as well.  We’ll see how things go.

I really enjoy the ACV as a toner.  It’s very refreshing and makes my face feel invigorated so I am going to stick with that.  I briefly dampen a cottonball with cool water and then put a bit of ACV on that.  This helps dillute the ACV so I’m not putting straight vinegar on my face.  Currently I’m using Bragg’s Raw Unfiltered ACV.

Yes it smells like vinegar but it only lasts for a second and once you moisturize that will take over.

Will I continue using honey as my face wash?  Yes.  I like it, it’s simple to do, and for me it works.

I’m very happy I came across this challenge and now I’m ready to start making other natural body care products.  This is something I’m very interested in and can’t wait to have a whole variety of homemade personal care products!

Now let’s talk about you!

Have you been using the honey on your face and if so, how do you feel?

Did you try the makeup remover version, by adding a touch of baking soda and using apple cider vinegar as a toner afterwards?

What are your thoughts on the process?

ETA: Click Here for an update on the honey face wash and why I’ve stopped using it.

24 thoughts on “Honey Face Wash Challenge – The Results

  1. I found out about the challenge on your blog, and jumped right in! I’ve been doing the honey wash in the morning, and using the oil cleansing (with a couple of drops of honey) that Crunchy Betty wrote about at night. I’m sold on the honey wash, but am reserving judgment on the oil cleansing until I’ve done it for a few more nights. I can see some positive results from the honey wash only a week in. I have rosacea, and my face definitely has less redness in the usual spots. I also feel less dry, and switched to a much lighter moisturizer for both morning and night. Thanks so much for posting about this challenge!

    • Ginny, I don’t think I could do the oil cleansing either because my skin is already got a good supply of oil on it’s own. I have a bit of redness with my face as well and the honey definitely helped that. I’m glad to hear that you’re having such positive results!

  2. Nicole says:

    I’ve done the honey for a week now with good results, especially with reducing the redness on my arms. I’ve liked how my face looks, too, but with all the insane sweating I do at hip-hop, I’m not totally free or the occasional breakout. I’ll definitely be continuing with it! So much cheaper than actual face wash, lol.

    • Nicole, that’s great about the redness on your arms! I wonder if maybe the apple cider vinegar would help with the occasional breakouts? Also I think Crunchy Betty has face wash routines on her site specifically for breakouts and pimples. You might want to check and see.

  3. You are glowing! You look great! Very interesting challenge. I’ve wanted to move toward more natural cleansers, but haven’t done it yet. Great news about the honey. Maybe I’ll try that first.

  4. jesse says:

    Hi I like your website :) but anyways today I bought sum honey from the farmers market and I’m trying the 2 times a day face wash. I also use aloe vera over night for my acne scras I hope it works. I got raw organic honey kinda orange color but very smooth not grainy at all I’m not sure if that’s ok but that’s all they had . But I hope I get results soon I actually have 2 blemishes from 2 days ago and I’m hopin te honey makes them disapear . Well I hope u put up more results and ill definatly keep in touch with mine :)

      • Diana Henderson says:

        Hi Andrea, Do you mind telling why you stopped using the honey? I’d like to give it a try, but I’ve seen a few people say that using honey worked really well for a while but after a few months made their skin dry. Did this happen to you?

  5. Rhonda says:

    Thanks for responding! Great page btw :)

    One second question:
    Right now i dont wear makeup but if I do can I remove with soap then do the honey wash? Or should I remove makeup differently? Thanks! Any tips from ladies who wear makeup?!

    • Desiree says:

      I don’t use anything else besides honey to wash my face, make-up and all. (I do use the OCM sometimes however) Using soap defeats the purpose of using honey and anything else natural. You can use a natural toner for your face after the honey wash, like witch-hazel or ACV (dilute ACV w/ H2o) This give you an extra go at getting rid of any dirt or make-up you may have missed. I also use either olive oil or coconut oil to remove my eye make-up. If there is any oil left around my eyes I rub it in any dry spots I may have (usually my lips) I hope this helps…

  6. I’ve been using honey for about 9 months now, and I have to say it’s the best thing I’ve ever used to wash my face. I’ve never had a huge problem with acne, but all of the “synthetic” washes I’ve used feel harsh and dry out my skin way too much. I started out using regular, refined honey, and it worked just fine with my skin, moisturizing it and clearing it up, although I still had breakouts during PMS. I decided to try raw honey and the difference is huge! My nose and cheeks are super prone to being red all the time, and since I started using the raw honey, my skin tone has evened out, and I only get breakouts if I get lazy and skip out on washing with honey. I wash my face once, before I go to bed at night, and my skin feels clean and oil-free all day, but it also doesn’t feel dry like it would if I had used regular face soap. I love it :)

  7. jessica says:

    hi!! i read your challenge and i want to do it. but i’m scared how to do it. you just simply put honey on your face? and wash with water? or wash first the face with facial wash to remove dirt before applying honey? and for how long? how to remove? i hope you’ll answer my question. thanks! You look grear btw!

    • Hi Jessica, You just wash your face like normal with the honey. No need to prewash your face. Rub the honey all over your face and then rinse off with warm water. Lotion up and use toner like normal if you are already using those things post wash. You can find more info if you follow the link to Crunchy Betty’s site too. :)

    • Joanna, You could try it. I know that raw honey is the best so if you have a farmer’s market, check it out this spring to see if you can get some. I don’t know what kind of results you’ll get with regular honey but it doesn’t hurt to try and see. :)

  8. Marg says:

    I just started using raw honey…I am AMAZED at the fantastic results.
    My skin is oily and prone to breakouts.
    I have used everything on the market except prescription meds.

    To take off makeup, I mix a little organic jojoba oil (it matches the skins sebum and is a wax ester, not a true oil) with the raw honey at night. In the morn, I use plain raw honey and let it sit on my face a few minutes before getting into the shower.

    Wish I would have known about this cheap, natural, fabulous secret years ago.

  9. Nifey says:

    Hi…after i wash my face with honey I just leave my face like that without moisturizing because I don’t know if the moisturizer will eventually cause me to have outbreaks again do you think that’s alright? and for the toner it contains salicylic acid can I just spray it on my face after the honey wash? I really need your help on the moisturizer situation and the toner too. Thanks and btw you look amazing!

    • That’s all completely up to you. I use moisturizer after washing my face and I stick with toners that don’t contain acid or alcohol as those are too harsh for my skin.

    • At the end of this article, there is a link to an entire post I created on why I no longer use honey. If you could learn how to follow directions, that’d be great.

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