The Use of Honey in Skin Lightening


Your skin, especially the skin on your face, is exposed to the sun and outdoor elements throughout the day. This can cause abnormal pigmentation and uneven darkening of the skin on your face and other areas of skin. There are various homemade skin lightening techniques that use honey to help even and lighten the skin.

Skin Discoloration

There are various forms of discoloration that using honey can address. Honey acts as an emollient in skin lightening and skin discoloration. It helps to soften and soothe the skin as the lightening ingredient “bleaches” the skin. Many people experience discoloration from long-term exposure to the sun. This may result in sun spots on the face. Hormonal imbalances in women that arise from pregnancy may also cause the skin to become discolored. To address these discolorations, you can use homemade recipes involving honey.

Honey and Lemon Juice

The most common type of “cream” skin mask is using a combination of honey and lemon juice. The interaction of the soothing qualities of the honey with the bleaching aspects of the lemon juice creates a recipe that slowly and gently lightens your skin after prolonged use. According to, honey acts as an emollient that softens the skin as the lemon juice lightens the skin.

The recipe is quite simple and involves mixing 1 tbsp. of honey with 1/2 tbsp. of lemon juice. You can apply this over your face and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Do this once a day for three to four weeks.

Honey and Clay Mask

You will need to obtain dermatological clay for this process. Skincare09 recommends Multani Mitti or Fuller’s Earth. Mash a banana in a bowl, add some honey (about a spoonful) and some aloe vera gel. Then add in the clay; you should have a paste consistency. If it is too thick, you can always add milk to thin the paste. Apply the paste over a thoroughly washed face. Allow it to dry (about 30 minutes); remove with cold water. Use this method twice a week. You should start to notice results after two weeks of use.

Almond and Honey Cream

According to the Lifestyle Lounge at, almond also has lightening characteristics and is a good pairing with honey as the emollient. Recipes that involve using honey and almonds recommend that you use 1/2 tbsp. of almond powder and 1 tsp. of honey. Mix these together and add 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Apply this paste to your face for 15 minutes and remove. Repeat this daily for about three to four weeks.

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