Jan 262020
Manuka Honey Skincare – Make The Most Of Nature

Manuka honey skincare. Made by New Zealand bees, manuka honey is attributed from antibacterial and immunological abilities to benefits for skincare.

There are different varieties of honey depending on the geographical location where artisan bees produce this sweet fluid.

In recent times, Manuka honey, made by bees from the north and south of New Zealand, has become fashionable.

You may have heard of celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow who have admitted that it’s about one of their beauty secrets.

To produce this honey, which is denser, darker in color and slightly bitterer than conventional flavor, the bee obtains what is necessary from the flowers of the shrub or small Manuka tree.


During the trip back to the hive, the nectar that it carries in the mouth is mixed with a series of enzymes from its saliva.

Upon arrival, it passes this substance to another bee to continue with the formation of honey through saliva.

This is a process that will be repeated until it reaches its optimum point, at which time it will be stored in the hive combs.

This peculiar honey has become popular because it has been attributed to immunological, antibacterial, antioxidant, digestive, and anti-inflammatory properties, etc. It is also used in a wide variety of skincare products.



Properties of Manuka Honey

We already know that Manuka honey is much more concentrated in hydrogen peroxide than other honey.

However, its Methylglyoxal (MGO) content is even more exceptional, especially since it is thanks to this molecule that Manuka honey is active in humans.

To accurately determine the level of antibacterial effect of different Manuka honey, it was more than necessary to establish a classification of these honey.

The first classification was established by Professor Peter Molan and established according to the microbial efficiency of Manuka honey.

Professor Peter Molan

This is the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) index. Thus, Manuka honey jars can be chosen by the consumer based on their effect, that is, from the least powerful (UMF10 +) to the most powerful (UMF20 +).

For example, a Manuka honey with the same action as a 10% aqueous phenol solution will be labeled UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) followed by 10+.

If the bacterial activity of a Manuka honey is identical to that of an aqueous solution with 18% phenol, it will have the UMF index 18+.

Remember that, although the benefits of honey are quite favorable for health and the human body, it is necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle, together with a balanced diet and exercise.

According to the FDA, it is one of the favorite foods and best recommended for the properties it has.

Having a cup of tea, mixed with this honey, during the morning and before starting your exercises will be the ideal energizer to carry them out.

In addition, you can also use other natural alternatives such as agave syrup to sweeten some foods or drinks.

The magnificent benefits of Manuka honey are its amazing ability to become a powerful natural antibiotic and although all types of honey (orange blossom, thyme, eucalyptus, rosemary) possess antibiotic properties.


As investigated by Dr. Molan of The University of Waikato, Manuka honey surpasses the rest of the honey and this is because it is composed of a natural ingredient called Methylglyoxal.

The potent antibacterial action of any type of honey is produced by hydrogen peroxide, but this can be affected by different factors of external causes.

This is the light that comes directly from the sun, the heat that the environment can generate and also the body itself, due to the neutralization of some enzymes in the human body.

However, Methylglyoxal is practically immune to intestinal enzymes, therefore, it is not altered in its course through the digestive tract and from there comes one of the greatest benefits of Manuka honey, since it retains its high antibacterial power.

The Methylglyoxal content that honey possesses is measured by the abbreviation of its acronym UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) and indicates that the higher the substance concentrated in honey, the greater its antibacterial properties.

The Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, located in New Zealand, analyzes the concentration of microbial activity.

In this country, there is a high level of awareness in the areas where the Manuka bush grows, and there is a very strict control regarding the care of bees and swarms in order to obtain the best benefits of honey.



Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Classification

Manuka honey is marketed under a classification according to its Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), which reflects the concentration of Methylglyoxal.


This level of quality is indicated on the product vessels with the acronym UMF followed by a number, which will vary between 0 and 26.

Its authenticity is controlled thanks to the Honey Research Unit laboratory, belonging to the University of Waikato (New Zealand).

To be considered active honey with some antibacterial power, it must contain at least one UMF 10+.

Each level is recommended for different use. Thus, those who carry the UMF5 + mark do not have therapeutic use due to their low activity.


UMF 10+ can help improve immunity and vitality, UMF 15+ has a high antibacterial factor, and UMF 20+ is listed as Medical grade.

In addition to being an antiseptic and preventing the proliferation of microorganisms, Manuka honey has antioxidant properties. Its application can be both external and internal.

Manuka honey is floral honey that comes from the nectar of a bush raised in New Zealand, which can be used both internally and externally.

It is dark honey rich in phenols, which is currently receiving a lot of attention for its antimicrobial activity.

It is believed that it could be an effective agent against a broad spectrum of infectious organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Manuka honey also fights against protozoa and bacteria. It has great antiseptic and healing power.


Benefits of Manuka honey

The natives of New Zealand used this honey to improve their health, healing their wounds or relieving stomach aches.

However, there are many studies that are analyzing the properties of Manuka honey, among which are:

Skin Tissue Regeneration

Members of the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (Iran) observed in a study published in the journal Current Drug Metabolism that it was able to improve tissue regeneration in the skin and inhibit bacterial growth in them.


Another study published in the Jundishapur Journal of Natural Pharmaceutical Products revealed that this food produced by New Zealand bees has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

In addition, it recognizes the effectiveness of dressings with this honey in the rapid and improved healing of skin wounds and in reducing the sensation of pain in burn patients.

Ulcers in diabetic foot healed quickly and kept disinfected by Manuka honey, according to a study of the University of the Peloponnese (Greece).

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its use as a skin-healing treatment.

Antibacterial Capacity


One of its powers is to keep wounds free of bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, associated with toxic shock syndrome, according to research published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Another study conducted by the University of Wales Cardiff (United Kingdom) found that it can be useful to help treat wound infections caused by strains of this antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the skin tissues.



As with wounds, Manuka honey used topically can help prevent and treat acne, due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.

According to a study published in the journal BMJ, kanuka honey is very similar in components to Manuka and was effective in treating acne.

Treatment Support for Skin Diseases

Many research studies suggest that Manuka honey could be an effective complementary treatment for a variety of skin diseases such as:

  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Insect bites
  • Burns
  • Abscesses
  • Cracked nipples
  • Pressure sores or ulcers
  • A diabetic foot that does not heal
  • surgical wounds

However, a dermatologist should be consulted to study the case and indicate the most appropriate medical treatment in each case.

Wound Treatment

Some research has shown that thanks to its higher phenolic and Methylglyoxal content, Manuka honey can be safely used as a complementary natural antibiotic. It exerts a stimulating effect for tissue healing and to reduce microbial infections.

Due to its antibacterial properties, Manuka honey is known to support wound healing and can be applied directly to a wound infected by Staphylococcus aureus, but also by other pathogens, such as:

  • Helicobacter pylori.
  • E-coli
  • Streptococci.
  • Salmonella

Several studies have shown that Manuka honey is a rapid wound healing, which leaves fewer stigmata on the skin and with less pain.


Dry Skin Cleanser


Manuka honey has also been used as a daily cleanser, due to the antibacterial properties that allow it to gently cleanse the skin, without stripping it of all its natural oils. It also helps maintain optimal skin ph. To use Manuka honey as a cleaner:

  • Place a coin-sized amount and rub on the face with circular motions.
  • Then place a damp, warm towel on the face, which will help open the pores in a deeper cleaning.
  • Remove the towel from the face and moisten it and gently remove the honey from your face.
  • Then hydrate your face normally.

Natural Scrub


Skin that does not exfoliate causes pores to clog, and can lead to the appearance of blackheads and acne.

To make a natural scrub and clean the skin of dead cells prepare 1 tablespoon of finely chopped almonds, 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey and an egg white.

Mix the ingredients well and apply on the face with circular movements to remove dead skin cells and remove with a damp hot cloth.

Mask to Clean the Pores


This facial mask helps remove impurities from the pores. You can prepare a mask with:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey

Beat the ingredients together until it has a firm consistency, and freeze on a tray of ice cubes. Apply a bucket to the face and let the mask dry for about 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

As you just noticed, it is a natural ingredient that can help in the treatment of various dermatological diseases.

However, this does not mean that it should be a substitute for the treatment recommended by a dermatologist. In any case, it could be a compliment, as long as the professional approves it.

Also, keep in mind that, being natural, its effects take time to become noticeable and can vary between one person and another. If you have a serious illness, you should consult your doctor for other treatments.


Skin Whitening

The microbial qualities of Manuka honey also make it an especially efficient first step in your skincare routine.

Improving a system of cleaning the skin and also reduces inflammation of the skin – according to WebMD.


To use it as a cleaner, first, remove your makeup. Then take about half a teaspoon of Manuka honey in your palm, and heat it with your fingers.

Add a small trickle of water to make it more extensible and apply it on your face. Rinse with warm water and dry your face.

Manuka Honey Skincare: The Final Verdict!

Manuka honey is one of the honey with the highest antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that exist, taking in comparison various types of honey.

It contains biologically active elements with an enormous capacity to effectively eliminate a considerable number of bacteria, in addition to soothing the skin naturally.

It also develops defenses and increases energy. The benefits of honey seem to be unlimited, so do not think about taking honey only when you suffer from small flu, it is time to learn to use the properties offered to the human body beyond that.

You should know that researchers say that Manuka honey has up to 30 times more antibacterial activity than other kinds of honey, about 100 times more effective than any other anti-inflammatory component.

It is even extremely efficient in combating cold sores. The medicinal and aesthetic use that this honey has is almost infinite, take full advantage of them for your skin.

Click here to read my review of manuka honey I have found. 


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Reader Comments

  1. This is exceptional content. In Canada, a nursing friend suggested manuka honey for head colds and sore throats due to it’s anti-bacterial properties. I had no idea about the topical properties of manuka honey. I use an Australian brand called Capilano that has an MGO of 30+ but I do not see a UMF number. Is this only found on New Zealand products?
    I will definitely return to this article to read more in the event that I have a skin wound or other issue requiring a topical application of manuka honey.

    1. Thank you! If it has a UMF that tells you it is from New Zealand and it has been rated by the UMF Honey Association.

      MGO represents one of the chemical aspects of manuka honey – Methylglyoxal. There are also correlations between the UMF rating and the levels of MGO. The hight the UMF, the higher the MGO.

  2. Hey,

    Excellent post. I have shared this with my girlfriend because she loves her skincare and will definitely be interested in the Manuka Honey Skincare.

    She will probably want to get me to start using it to if she invests in it.

    I love your website, some really great information on here about taking care of ourselves better. Keep up the great work.

    All the best,


  3. Wow, this is a jammed packed informational blog – I love it! I have read several times about the benefits but you clarify alot of information.

  4. Good Day Catherine, i had no idea that Manuka Honey could help with so many skin problems. I tried your dry skin cleanser recipe and it worked wonders, my skin felt fresh and velvety smooth.

  5. Amazing as always Catherine. Your website makes me feel excited and wondered about nature.

    Honey is indeed one of the immortal edible substances on earth, meaning it can never expire. The health benefits of honey are beyond count. From skin to heart, liver, blood and many more…

    It is an amazing topic you have covered here. Skincare is something everyone must think about, after all, skin is our biggest organ and good skin attracts everyone.

    Best of Luck!


    1. Thank you, I am pleased that my articles get you excited about nature.

      I am however sad to inform you that honey may not be the immortal edible substance we once thought it was.

      Bee populations have been decreasing the past couple of decades. However, there have two been great efforts from people all over the world to counter this.

      If you are reading this and have the space to do so, please take up bee-keeping!

  6. Thanks for this article, I had no idea that Manuka honey has so many uses in skincare! I shall definitely be trying it as part of my skin care regime, in addition to its regular appearance in my morning tea. I’ve never considered using honey as the base of a scrub, but the honey, almond and egg white scrub sounds fantastic.

    I have read a few articles about counterfeit Manuka honey, its good to know that its authenticity, and by extension, us as consumers are being protected.


    1. You are welcome Lisa! Pleased to hear that you are going to add it to your skincare routine.
      I also have honey in the morning, but not with tea, I am more of a coffee person. Although I do enjoy green tea and chai.

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