Calamansi and Honey Mixture: Just Don’t Overdo It!

These days, our home is never without a few pieces of calamansi because I use the fruit to help control my dandruff. At times, I also apply it on my dark spots to help even out my skin tone. The honey, on the other hand, has been present at home as well since the bf always buys a couple of bottles from a friend whose parents are in Palawan (where the friend’s supply of honey comes from). So aside from using it as “food”, I also use honey as part of my skin care regimen. I oftentimes add a couple of drops to my facial wash and spot treat my pimple with it.
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Being a fan of calamansi and honey as home remedies, I decided to mix the two ingredients to use as mask. During my first attempt, I sliced the calamansi into half, remove the seeds and add one drop of honey to it before rubbing it to my clean face gently. After around 10 minutes, I rinse my face with water. When I wake up the next morning and checked my face, of course the result is unnoticeable hence I decided that maybe I should do the regimen every other night.

On my second attempt, I tweaked the procedure… just for the sake of variation. :D This time, I squeezed one calamansi into a saucer, mix in honey and apply the mixture to my clean face like before. But instead of rinsing my face after a few minutes, I decided to let it stay overnight hoping for quick relief of a few pimples and of course to get dramatic result. And just like before, when I wake up the next morning, nothing has changed. LOL!

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However, the day after that, pimples start popping up everywhere. It started out as a bump and later on developed into large pimples with pus. Not realizing that it could be caused by the calamansi and honey mixture I left on my face overnight, I tried to spot treat the pimples with of course, calamansi but without the honey. I only use honey together with my facial wash. Days passed and my face isn’t showing any sign of improvement. In fact, it is getting worse!

I tried changing my shampoo suspecting that it’s the culprit. I also stopped using calamansi and honey. I went back to my basic face regimen which is Nivea Visage Sparkling White Acne Oil Control Cleansing Foam, Celeteque Oil Control Toner, Myra or Nivea moisturizer with SPF and spot treat my pimples with 5% salicylic acid. But despite that, my face is still a big mess. Family and friends are asking what happened to my face and my mother even prodded me to see a dermatologist since she noticed that I am getting frustrated.

Not contented with the routine, I decided to wash my face with Dove Sensitive skin instead of Nivea. I also ditched toners and salicylic acid. It’s just dove and moisturizer! Sadly, the annoying pimples remain unfazed.

I really regret that I left the mixture on my face overnight. I think this problem couldn’t have happened had I rinse it after a few minutes. Maybe I expected that natural remedies, given that natural, will not cause any negative reaction. But lesson learned!

Right now, my face is getting better, thankfully. No, I didn’t go to the doctor. Someone suggested that I use a product I often overlook - Lactacyd baby bath, the blue one. I will review it as facial wash in the days to come.


  1. Thanks for sharing this sis. It's a good thing you found a better solution. :-)

  2. This is my daily regimen- Lactacyd baby wash, honey and calamansi, and aloe vera gel.

  3. Since you left it overnight, the extracts might have clogged your pores, which in return prevent the flow of sebum, that caused huge bumps