People suffering from skin infections and spots can turn to honey-based organic body products to help repair the damage. Skincare products that contain the natural ingredient have "potent anti-bacterial properties", owing to a protein it contains.
Defensin-1, which is added to honey by bees, acts as an antibiotic that scientists hope could one day be used to treat skin infections and develop new drugs to fight so-called superbugs that are resistant to man-made antibiotics.
A team from the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam isolated the protein this year, finally pinpointing why honey has been used in medicine and to heal skin complaints for centuries. Published in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the research found that virtually all of honey's antibacterial properties come from the defensin-1 protein.
"We've known for millennia that honey can be good for what ails us, but we haven't known how it works," commented the editor-in-chief of the FASEB Journal Gerald Weissmann.
"Now that we've extracted a potent anti-bacterial ingredient from honey, we can make it still more effective and take the sting out of bacterial infections."
One type of honey has proven to be especially effective as an anti-bacterial agent and is used widely in organic beauty products. Manuka honey has distinctive properties that make it particularly good at healing skin problems like spots.
A team from the University of Wales Institute found that this type of honey killed off key bacterial proteins in the superbug MRSA. Presented at the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the study's findings revealed that it was not just the high sugar concentration that destroyed these proteins, but something within the honey itself.
One vital protein, FabI, was shown to be completely absent. This compound is necessary for fatty acid biosynthesis, which supplies the bacteria with precursors for cellular components such as the cell wall.
Skincare products such as manuka face cream or certain types of blemish gels containing the ingredient harness this antibacterial power to reduce spots. These organic beauty products can be a more natural way of dealing with skin complaints.
Manuka is even used in foot creams and in combination with natural antifungals such as neem help keep the skin healthy.
Extract: Organic body products containing honey will have anti-bacterial properties that facilitate skin repair.
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