Best Honey Face Masks: 4 Easy Recipes for Every Skin Type

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I love skincare you can eat! And the raw honey face mask is one of my favorite homemade recipes.


Raw honey was prized for its healing properties in ancient civilizations. In Egyptian And Ayurvedic traditions, honey was used to treat skin wounds and disorders (read more about the ancient uses of honey here).

Raw honey by itself is lovely, but you can also mix and match other food-based ingredients to tailor your mask to your unique skin type.

How Often to Use

I use a raw honey mask several times a week (sometimes every day), and I’ve noticed a definite improvement in the tone and softness of my skin. I love it even more for the fact that it’s totally edible and doesn’t expose my skin to the chemicals found in most beauty products.

Now, some of the recipes below are more powerful and should only be used 1-2 times per week. Others you can use daily. I’ve made notes for how often each mask should be used.

Budget-Friendly Beauty

Plus, honey masks are super budget-friendly! Even if you use a premium quality raw honey, the cost per mask is extremely low. Buh-bye overpriced department store facial masks. It’s time to get back to nature.

My Recipes:

Here are my four recipes for honey face masks designed with specific skin types in mind. They are completely food-based and you probably have most of of the ingredients in your kitchen right now. Hurray for easy!

Check the recipes out below:

1. Honey Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin


1. Honey Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

I was doing some research on honey’s skin benefits, and I came across this article. Here’s an interesting quote:

“Clinical trials have shown that honey is an effective broad-spectrum antibacterial agent. It’s got so much oomph that it can even stop the ‘superbug’ MRSA from growing. (MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a ‘staph’ infection that is resistant to antibiotics and kills more people annually than AIDS).

According to the BBC, a man by the name of Sam Edwards from Wrexham, Wales credited honey with saving his leg! After being cut by a koi carp, he became infected with Mycobacterium marinum and developed a rare skin condition. After applying honey compresses for eight days, he found the bacteria had completely disappeared without his taking a single antibiotic.

If it can lick Mr. Edwards’ nasty bug, imagine what it can do to acne, which stems from inflamed sebaceous glands in the skin that can become infected by bacteria. It turns out honey also naturally absorbs excess oil, which helps prevent acne – and that means one of the benefits of honey on skin is you can use it in place of many chemical-laden over-the-counter acne creams and ointments.” – from Honey Colony

I personally find that honey completely calms my acne-prone skin. In fact, that’s the reason I started using the honey mask in the first place! Here’s my secret recipe:

  • 3 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix honey and cinnamon together, and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-30 minutes. The antibacterial properties of both honey and cinnamon are especially beneficial for acne-prone skin.

Do you have sensitive skin?

Cinnamon can occasionally be irritating if your skin is really sensitive, so you might want to do a patch test on the back of your hand first.

Because cinnamon is so powerful, I would recommend only using this mask once a week at most. You can use one of the other, gentler honey masks on other days if you’d like.

2. Honey Face Mask for Dry Skin

2. Honey Face Mask for Dry Skin

  • 1 teaspoon mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

Mix ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Spread the mixture over your face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes before washing it off.

The fats in the avocado and whole milk yogurt are deeply moisturizing to the skin, while the lactic acid in the yogurt smooths your skin, refines pores, and stimulates collagen production.

This mask is rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, copper, manganese and magnesium. It’s basically nutrition for your face!

You can use this mask several times a week if you’d like. It’s very gentle on this skin.

3. Honey Face Mask for Sensitive Skin

3. Honey Face Mask for Sensitive Skin

  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

Stir the aloe and honey together and apply over your face. Leave it on for about 10-20 minutes.

Why aloe?

Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin. It’s well known for it’s sunburn-soothing benefits, but aloe vera can also provide support for rashes, blisters, dry skin, eczema, minor burns, and scrapes. It’s even claimed to speed healing and prevent scarring.

This mask is safe to use every day if you’d like.

4. Honey Face Mask for Scars and Dark Spots

4. Honey Face Mask for Scars and Dark Spots

  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine the lemon juice and honey, and apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. Lemon juice exfoliates your skin, brightens dark spots and fades scars.

How long will it take to notice a difference?

Your skin will feel smooth and soft right away, but it may take a few applications to notice a real difference in scars and spots. Over several weeks and months, you may see a striking difference in the appearance of your skin.

Lemon juice is a stronger ingredient, so depending on your skin time, you might want to limit the number of times you use this mask to 1-2 times per week.

Question: What honey is best for a honey face mask?

Answer: Any real honey will do, but my personal favorite is raw, unfiltered honey because it retains more of its potent healing properties. I can actually tell the difference between the types of honey I’ve used for my honey mask. A high quality local raw honey made my skin glow in a way the others didn’t! So for the real benefits of a honey mask, use the best quality honey you find.

Have you tried a variation of the raw honey mask? What are your favorite food-based ingredients to use on your skin? Comment below!

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  1. Yummy recipes – I love using and recommending honey in my recipes especially UMF active honey as it’s super powerful as a healing, antimicrobial and moisturising ingredient.

  2. […] recently started incorporating honey masks into my weekly skincare regimen.  Try these 4 Simple Honey Face Masks for Every Skin Type if you are interested in experimenting. Do be careful with putting cinnamon on your face, however, […]

      • That’s because the job of cinnamon is to clean your skin from underneath, it brings out all the bacteria and your skin will get much more acne at the beginning because it is getting rid of everything underneath but after that your skin will look great–it works similar to Proactive, it cleans everything underneath ad maintains that cleanliness

  3. I like to use the honey and lemon. I cut a lemon in half and add raw, unfiltered honey on it then rub across face. I love the sensation, the scent, the taste, and the results! Works as a nice skin brightener.

  4. I have really bad skin, and I love doing a plain raw honey mask! It cleans my pores, reduces inflamed acne, and leaves my skin feeling softer than before!

  5. […] 2.  If you want to prevent #1 from happening, the night before cleanse your face and apply a honey mask. It’s super-simple! Take 3 teaspoons of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and stir together in a small bowl. Apply to face and leave on for 10-30 minutes. Honey and cinnamon both have natural antibacterial properties that can benefit skin! […]

  6. […] I use a raw honey mask several times a week, and I notice a definite improvement in the tone and softness of my skin. I love it even more for the fact that it’s totally edible and doesn’t expose my skin to the chemicals found in most beauty products. While raw honey is lovely, you can also mix and match other food-based ingredients to tailor your mask to your unique skin type. Below are four recipes for honey face masks designed with specific skin types in mind… Click To Keep Reading […]

  7. […] I found my remedy and it was very simple and easy to make. Are you ready for it? A cup of tea and a raw honey facial mask. I applied the ‘acne prone’ skin mask to my face, which was a mix of raw honey and […]

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  9. Which E.O. would you suggest to mix with the honey as an anti-aging for “mature” and mixed (oily, dry and normal) skin?

    I would like to find something that help the skin to go back to a firmer state… it just started to become a bit… euh… slack… at certain area.

    Suggestions… please :) ???

  10. I’ve been using an ancient Asian masks for a few days now and my skin feels great! The recipe for a huge bowl is: 1 spoon of pure termeric powder (yellow-brownish spice), two spoons of pure honey, two spoons of all natural yogurt ( any will do), 2 spoons of brown rice powder, half of a lemon, and you could add 1 egg white but the egg white isn’t in the original recipe.

  11. Is it necessary to follow with a moisturizer after rinsing off the honey mask? I use Neutrogena Healthy Skin moisturizer.

    • Yes, after the honey mask I washed off with a warm face cloth then I do the routine before bed eg, apply moisteriser .

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  13. […] Face wash & mask – I’ve been washing my face with honey for almost a year now. It’s known for its antiseptic and moisturizing qualities (which is why you see it in a lot of lip balms, masks, etc.). It has also worked wonders for people with acne problems. For a regular wash, when your face is dry (it helps it stick better), smooth a teaspoon or so of raw honey all over. Let it sit a minute or so before rinsing off. If you want to go for a face mask, leave it on for longer, 10-15 minutes. You can also try mixing in other ingredients. Check out these ideas from The Nourished Life. […]

  14. I’ve been doing honey face masks every night, and my acne-prone skin is now clear and bright! I can’t rave enough about honey face masks!!! I first rub a lemon on my face, and then cover with raw honey.. I keep it on for as long as I can in the evening before bed – then take it off with warm water and moisturize. It’s divine!

  15. I’m trying the cinnamon and honey mask now ….my face feels really tingly right now I have like 6 mins left ….I hope I don’t look all red after …hopefully it’s working he he ?

  16. […] Honey Face Mask: 4 Simple Recipes for Every Skin Type – I love skincare you can eat, and the raw honey face mask tops my list of homemade beauty products. Raw honey was prized for its healing properties in ancient civilizations, and it makes an incredible mask for your skin … […]

  17. How often should I use the mask? Is it bad for irritated skin to use more thank a couple times a week?

  18. Have been suffering from pimples for the past years .. Let me say up to 15 years back and still disturbing me seriously up till now …. I got raw honey and mixed it with lime juice and apply it on my face still no success .. So am thinking maybe the honey I purshased is off law quality. I actually got the honey from all this villagers that sell honey alone the road , the honey usually inside a bottle and its unfiltered. Should I get honey from supermarket or the honey is okay because I believe is raw …

    Or someone should suggest the best home remedy to treat pimples and dark spot .. Thanks

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