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Beeswax Does Not Clog Pores Or Cause Acne

We use beeswax in most of our products and people often ask us whether it clogs pores or causes acne. The answer is that beeswax does neither. Beeswax is “noncomedogenic,” which means that it does not clog pores.[1] In addition it is also antibacterial and contains Vitamin A. As explained in Apitherapy News, both of these factors actually help treat and prevent acne.

Acne occurs when the oil glands around the hair follicles produce excess “sebum.” Sebum is the skin’s own oil.  When the body produces this excess oil, it can accumulate around hair follicles and mix with dead skin cells. This forms a plug which results in a clogged skin pore or “comedo.” Bacteria trapped inside irritates the walls of the pore. As the immune system works to attack the bacteria, pus is formed leading to an inflamed blackhead (known as an “open comedo”) or whitehead (known as a “closed comedo”).

Traditional Skin Care Products Can Clog Pores and Cause Acne

As explained in WebMD, some substances make acne worse by irritating the skin. Those who suffer from acne should try to avoid skin care products that contain the following very common ingredients:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate,TEA-lauryl sulfate, laureth-4, and lauryl alcohol
  • Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol (PEG)
  • Silicone and dimethicone
  • Isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol, isopropyl myristate, and acetone
  • Butylstearate, and oleic acid
  • Mineral oil, petrolatum, or lanolin
  • Methyl- or propylparaben, phenoxyethanol, and imidazolidinyl urea
  • Pumice, aluminum oxide, and sodium tetraborate
  • Dyes, such as drug and cosmetic red dyes found in blush make-up

Natural Treatments Are Best For Acne

Acne has many causes, including genetics, hormonal changes, exposure to toxins, emotional state, and improper nutrition. If natural and home care treatments are not effective, you should certainly see your doctor.

But in many cases acne can be controlled and greatly improved using natural treatments.

At Honey Girl Organics, we believe that the best treatment for acne is to help the skin become healthy and balanced. When skin is exposed to toxins in the environment and toxins in traditional skincare products it can seek to heal itself from this toxic exposure and combat dryness by overproducing sebum. This leads to further breakouts. Rather than continue this cycle we believe that the best approach is to focus on restoring the skin’s health and balance. We recommend that skin should be cleaned, fed, and nurtured with the following routine:

  • Facial Cleanser.  Gently clean the skin with Honey Girl Organics Facial Cleanser. This all-natural product gently removes makeup, dirt, dead cells, and excess oils while leaving the skin moisturized and conditioned.  The beeswax and honey in this product are antibacterial and contain vitamins and minerals that provide nourishment and fight against infection in the pores.
  • Face & Eye Cream.  Moisturize with our petroleum-free Face & Eye Cream. Petroleum is comedogenic and can clog pores. The beeswax in our cream is noncomedogenic. The nutrients in this cream heal and nurture the skin and help it to relax and come into balance.
  • Facial Scrub. About once a week we recommend that you gently exfoliate your skin with our Facial Scrub. This will help clear away dead cells on the surface that can clog the pores and lead to blackheads.

In addition to these external treatments, we also recommend eating a diet such as the one discussed in the WebMD article Foods for Healthy Skin: You Are What You Eat.

In addition, we recommend regular exercise and plenty of sleep. These both play an important role in keeping the skin clear and healthy because they help the body to reduce stress and to repair and detoxify itself.

Acne is a tough problem that can have many causes. But in most cases using noncomedogenic products that contain beeswax, along with proper diet and exercise, can go a long way toward bringjng acne under control.


[1] Here is a link to an alphebetized chart that shows where different substances rank in terms of “comedogenicity” (tendency to clog pores). It shows that beeswax is low on the scale and will not clog pores.

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