I’ve had a couple people ask me about the Honey Face Wash Challenge and asking me to talk about why I stopped using it. I didn’t mention that I had stopped using it so it kind of surprised me that everyone thought that I had.
The truth is, I have stopped using honey to wash my face, so those that suspected are right!
I used the scrub method, honey + baking soda + wash cloth to wash my face when I was wearing makeup. This was too rough on my face and so I eliminated the baking soda and only used honey + wash cloth on those occasions.
That was still very rough on my face. Then I started using a scrub from Lush for the times I wore makeup and that was also too rough. I don’t wear makeup often but it was enough that this routine caused me to breakout and for my skin to become really rough and irritated.
I switched to using only honey with no wash cloth and apple cider vinegar (ACV) mixed with water for a toner. I thought this would help sooth the irritation and help clear up my face.
We were also dealing with a bunch of changes to our routine and lives at this time and I was stressed right out. My face tends to explode when I’m stressed. Most annoying.
After weeks of using honey and ACV my skin wasn’t getting any better. The irritation wasn’t clearing up nor were my breakouts.
I gave up and went back to my old routine in order to get my face to clear up.
It took a long time, months, before my face looked normal again.
I do not think honey was the problem in this case. I now have learned that my face can’t tolerate scrubbing nor high amounts of ACV. I need to dilute the ACV even more and also only use honey, no scrubs needed. At least not that frequently. With the little amount of makeup that I wear when I do put some on, the regular honey washing method works just fine to remove it. And a toner will remove the rest.
I still use the Lush scrub, once a week and that helps. It’s gentle enough to use once a week but I cannot use it more than that. The scrub I use is Angles on Bare Skin. It’s amazing for a once-a-week treatment and a little goes a long way so one purchase lasts for months!
Will I go back to the honey? Yes, at some point I’m going to give it another shot. I’m still researching natural cleansers (I need a liquid or soap style) so if you have any recommendations please pass them along!