Honey for Oily Skin: How to Use, Its Benefits and Side Effects

Honey is a natural ingredient that is excellent for your health and beauty. It is an important constituent in many of the ayurvedic medicines. If you add honey to your regular beauty regime, you will see a great change in your appearance. If you have an oily skin with acne and pimples, honey is an ideal remedy for it. It is good for the dry skin as well. No wonder many people travel with a bottle of honey in their bag!. Honey has lots of health benefits and ensures you a healthy, smooth, soft and glowing skin. For oily skin it is an unavoidable ingredient and works well to remove acne, infections and breakouts.

Honey for Oily Skin

Benefits of Honey for Oily Skin:

It is exceptionally good for oily skin because of the following facts:

  1. It helps in absorbing excess moisture from your skin and therefore it keeps your skin safe from the risk of any types of skin infections.
  2. The humectants properties of honey are very beneficial in keeping your skin well moisturized and at the same time not making it oily.
  3. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of honey help in eliminating pimples and acne from your face. It also makes sure that these problems do not appear again.
  4. Honey is full of nutrients that are needed by the skin for keeping it healthy. So applying honey on your skin ensures that your skin is kept healthy, and also prevents ageing.

How to use Honey in Different Ways:

As a Cleanser for skin:

You can use honey as a cleanser to remove the layer of dirt on your skin and to open up the pores. Just take some honey in your hands and rub it on your skin.

As a Good Scrub:

You can use it as a scrub in two different ways.

Method 1:

  • Take 1 tablespoon of honey and mix it with 2 tablespoons of almond that is grounded and powdered. Add half a teaspoon of lime juice also.
  • Mix all the three ingredients well. Use this as a scrub and scrub gently on your skin with circular motions. Then wash using lukewarm water.

Method 2:

  • Mix 3 tablespoons of honey with half teaspoon of sugar or sea salt.
  • After mixing them well, massage your face with it. Wash off with lukewarm water.

As a face pack to control acne:


  • Take 1 tablespoon of honey in a bowl and mix it with 1 tablespoon of milk. Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric and half a tablespoon of lemon to it.
  • Mix well and apply on your face. Let the mixture dry by keeping it for 25 to 30 minutes. Wash off with cold water.


Honey and milk are good moisturizers and keep your skin well moisturized. Lemon and turmeric help in keeping your skin free from acne and pimples.

For skin rejuvenation:


  • For rejuvenating your skin, you can make a face pack with honey. Take 1 tablespoon of honey and mix it with 1 tablespoon of egg white and half a teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Mix all the ingredients well and apply on your face. Wait for 10 minutes and then wash your face using lukewarm water.

For brightening skin:


A face pack made with honey and chocolate is excellent for brightening your skin.

  • Take 2 tablespoons of honey in a bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon of chocolate powder and 2 tablespoons of milk. Also add 1 tablespoon of lemon to this mixture.
  • Mix them well and apply on your face. Leave the pack on your face till it gets dry completely.
  • After the face pack dries up, massage it on your face with warm water slowly and gently.
  • Wash off with water.
  • Soon after that you will see that there is a glow on your face.

As a face pack and natural bleach:

Method 1:

  • To make this pack, take 2 tablespoons of honey and mix 2 tablespoons of tomato juice with it. You can also use tomato pulp instead of tomato juice.
  • Apply this pack on your face and then leave it for about 15 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water. You will see that your face has become fresh and glowing.

Method 2:

  • Take 1 tablespoon of multani mitti or fuller’s earth and mix it with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  • Mix them well to get a smooth paste. Apply this pack on your face and wait till it gets dry.
  • Wash off with cold water.

So, always keep a bottle of honey with you and treat your oily skin with it.

[Also Read: Home-made Honey Face Packs]

Honey has some effects as well, so you need to consider some precautions and warnings before you apply on it your face

Honey Side Effects and Warnings:

  • If you have an oily skin, you are always at the risk of getting acne, pimples and breakouts on your skin. So, do a patch test and see if you have an oily skin.
  • Always choose organic honey instead of using processed honey.
  • If you want to get the maximum results by using honey, wash your face following the dual wash method.
  • Before you apply honey on your face, wash your face with lukewarm water. This will open up the pores of the skin.
  • Now wash your face with cold water. This helps in closing the skin pores. This prevents dust from entering the pores. As a result oil and dirt will not accumulate on your skin. So, breakouts will also be reduced.
  • Remember not to use soap on your face immediately after applying the face mask on your face.

Now that you have seen various methods to treat oily skin with honey, you need not worry about your oily skin. Choose any of the methods mentioned above and have a healthy and fresh skin.

You may also like...

23 Responses

  1. Yeshi lham says:

    I have pimples,black heads and white heads on my face can i apply honey directly and keep for whole a day?

    • Janavi says:

      You just take a tablespoon of lemon juice and add a tablespoon of sugar with that ,mix it well.Then apply it directly on your face ,remember that applying wash your face with lukewarm water leave it for max 10 min .After that wash your face with cold water.Do this twice a day and it will give a better result.

  2. CH RAVI KUMAR says:

    Hi i am Ravi kumar, i am having a too much oily skin. I searched in internet to remove oily.
    They said besan,limon,honey, curd apply for skin.
    I have a doubt on this when i am apply honey with this mixture to my face, there is any side effect to my face. I mean it whiten my hair.

    Pls pls help me out of this.

    • Nikitha says:

      If you have allergy for any item or product (like honey, lemon, etc) its always good to avoid applying it. But if you want to test it, better u apply it on a small part of skin, wait for a day and if u feel everything is ok then go for applying on complete face. Any irritation or burning sensation you feel while testing better you consult a skin specialist

      • Naaz shaikh says:

        Hi! I m a girl and I m 18yrs old.I have an oily skin,on my face there is lots of acne or pimples and white head. And after I wash my face after 10mins it gets so much oil plzzzz help me and plzzzz reply I m facing this problems since 3yrs…reply plzzz

  3. onyinye says:

    Hi, can I leave a mixture of honey and sugar to use the next day or next 2 days

  4. Patricia Oliver says:

    I used lemon juice and honey on my face then after which I started feeling burning sensation the following day. then I applied egg white last night and let it stay uptil 2hours. right now am feeling the same burning sensation on my face. my face is covered with rashes. what do I do?

  5. ravi says:

    Hiii I having lot of acne marks on my face to removing those marks please suggest is that honey is good remedy for that… If so how can I apply and pls advice me if there is any side effects for it

  6. Manpreet says:

    I have lots of pimples on my face.I have oily skin.I use so many things.My face looks very dull.plz tell me some suggestions.Now I use honey lemon face pack.

  7. Ruchi says:

    H I m ruchi
    I have a problem of acne nd my skin yoo much oil.can I use honey and lemon on my face

  8. Abigail says:

    I use honey and staled milk on my face the whole day ,is it wish to continue with this process?

  9. qamar says:

    I have pimples, acne so what about if I use milk ,sugar, tomato, lemon nd also salt

  10. Sruthi says:

    can we apply honey directly on face?
    does it have any side effects like whitening of hair in case of contact with hair?

    • Nikitha says:

      Unless you have some allergy towards honey you can apply it on your face directly. I would suggest you to do a skin test before applying. Apply honey to part of your face. Wait for a day and if you feel fine, then apply on complete face

  11. vineelkumar says:

    how to remove the unneccessary hair on face for mens, and i am having oily skin also, how to solve this two?

  12. Zainab says:

    Hello. I have an oily skin, I also have pimples all over my face, so i was told to apply honey on my face, since i started using it i noticed the pimples on my face is more than how it used to be. I’m so confused. Pls what can I do

  13. Dhruv says:

    Hey my name is dhruv patel i am using first apply lemom juice on face for 10 minutes and wash with water and then apply honey its keep your skin glow and its gives better result thank u


    hey can we use honey daily for oily skin?

  15. Supraja says:

    I have used d mixture of lemon and sugar for removing my pimples on face,now pimples on my face turned into dark spots bcoz of data mixture and i still have some pimples on my face which the ed into dark ,i think my skin is dry skin.can any one help me

  16. Eseonu Divine says:

    Hy pls can I just use only honey without adding or mixing anytin to it. Cos I don’t lyk lemon. And I think u guys should improve in ur explaining skills. Thanks as u reply.

  17. Suparna says:

    I am getting a new pimple every morning, have a mixed skin oily at nose and chin part but very dry at chicks and forehead.also have lot black head.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.