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How to Treat Acne with Facials & Honey

Learn about acne facials and treating acne with honey from dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD in this Howcast skin care video.

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A lot of patients ask me if they should be getting acne facials. While I do think acne facials can be beneficial for someone that has a lot of blackheads and whiteheads, I do worry sometimes, about an aesthetician that goes a little overboard, trying to over-extract. What happens with over-extraction, is you get little broken blood vessels. In addition, when aestheticians try to extract things that are not extractable, you end up getting more inflammation in your skin and more inflammation means you're more likely to get a red mark or even a scar. If you have an aesthetician that you really trust and you feel that you're getting good results, by all means, continue.Do I think acne facials are absolutely necessary to have successful acne treatment? No, I don't.

So, honey has been used as a home remedy for many things for many years. It recently has been study in wound healing with very good effects. The reason it works for treating a pimple is that it has many antibacterial properties and also anti-inflammatory properties. If you'd like to try honey as a spot treatment on a pimple, make sure you use raw, unprocessed honey. You can even use medicinal honey. But make sure you don't heat the honey or it will destroy all the good things in it that are making that pimple go away. But basically what you do is you put a little bit of honey on the pimple, leave it there for about 30 minutes and wash it off. It can be very effective and natural way to treat acne at home.

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