Honevo® is the pharmaceutical honey that provides skin condition sufferers with natural, clinically-proven topical treatments
The ancient Egyptians and Greeks used honey for its remarkable ability to effectively and safely treat wounds. Thousands of years later, we now have a far better understanding of honey’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
Honevo is a patent-pending formulation of pharmaceutical-grade kanuka honey. Kanuka is a close cousin of manuka that has excited researchers with its ability to treat a range of skin conditions. Honevo’s unique formulation of kanuka honey combines powerful antibacterial activity with deep moisturising.
Honevo is safe, natural, and proven.
Honevo is created by internationally reknown natural products researcher Professor Shaun Holt, author of over 100 articles in the medical literature.
Honevo has one of the highest antibacterial activity levels seen in a honey. Honevo’s unique formulation also has anti-inflammatory properties that add to its healing power.
Honevo is developed with an evidence-based approach to ensure that it is a safe and effective treatment.
Honevo is the first honey with clinical trials evidence that it can treat conditions including acne and rosacea.
The science behind Honevo
Honevo is a formulation of kanuka honey with a number of useful properties. Honevo has an osmotic effect, acidity, and high-levels of anti-microbial substances, which combine to create an extremely powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral effect.
While chemical-based anti-bacterial products or bleach-based acne treatments may dry and damage the skin, the Honevo formulation of kanuka honey naturally moisturises the skin.
Honey provides a natural barrier to bacteria and further infection. Honevo has high-levels of anti-microbial substances such as hydrogen peroxide that are natural antiseptic and promote fast healing of wounds to reduce chances of scarring.
While the healing properties of honey have been known for centuries, Professor Holt discovered that kānuka honey – a lesser known cousin of mānuka – has one of the highest antibacterial activity levels seen as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
“The Honevo Kanuka Honey has changed my practice. It is so effective for decreasing the inflammation of both rosacea and acne. Our patients really love it.”
Top New York dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, MD.
Provides rapid relief from redness in the affected areas of the face!
Clinical trials of Honevo® has found that 80% of users report less redness in under two weeks*.
The patented Honevo® formulation is created with pharmaceutical-grade Kanuka honey.
Completely natural, Honevo® combines powerful antibacterial activity with deep moisturising.
*8 out of 10 users report less redness in under 2 weeks. Patients in the clinical study had rosacea for an average of 9 years. Results obtained by expert clinician’s assessment.
Apply Honevo® directly to affected area of the face. Leave for 15 minutes and then wash off.
Use twice daily.
Honevo Pharmaceutical-grade Kanuka Honey
Honevo skin care products all contain the same strong kanuka honey formulation, however are boxed and labelled differently so that users can choose a product which is appropriately named, with specific application instructions for the condition.
Yes. In a pilot study it was found to be well tolerated and most patients reported an improvement. In a large study of 137 people presented at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting in 2015, and published in the British Medical Journal Open, 65% of people had an improvement with Honevo, 34% had a large improvement and in 13% the disease disappeared completely 2-3. The results were statistically and clinically significant and at least as good, if not better, than those that have been achieved for standard prescription-only treatments such as topical metronidazole.
The Honevo study was vs. placebo, not antibiotics, so it is not possible to state this definitively. But when we compare how both treatments perform vs. placebo in controlled studies, Honevo has better results. In addition, as well as potentially causing side effects, long-term antibiotics can contribute to antibiotic resistance, which the World Health Organization has declared to be a threat to global health security.
Honevo is applied as a mask twice a day and then easily washes off. It should be applied for at least 15 minutes twice a day, but the longer it is applied the better the results are likely to be – it can be applied for several hours at a time if that is convenient. As well as treating rosacea, it is an excellent moisturiser
All honeys have different properties, and only the Honevo® formulation has been shown in clinical research to be an effective treatment for rosacea.
Honevo® is medical-grade (see below for why this is important).
Honevo® contains a small amount of another natural product, glycerine, which improves its physical characteristics, making it less sticky than regular honey. It is also far more temperature stable and remains consistently fluid when warm or cold.
The study was undertaken independently by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, who are based in Wellington and led by Professor Richard Beasley. In addition, the protocol for the large ongoing study was peer-reviewed by a New Zealand dermatologist and also the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA.
Honey is classified according to its floral source and it can either be monofloral, if it is made predominantly from the nectar of one type of flower, or multifloral. Honevo® is created from kanuka honey which is sourced from hives that are located in dense kanuka plantations.
All honeys have different properties. We use kanuka as we found that it has very high antibacterial activity compared to other honeys. Kanuka honey also has antiinflammatory properties whereas manuka and others do not.
Honey has a number of physicochemical characteristics which give it unique properties that are responsible for its effectiveness in treating some medical conditions:
Osmotic effect – honey is a concentrated sugar solution predominantly consisting of fructose and glucose. Few water molecules are available for micro-organisms and therefore it is a poor environment for their growth.
Hydrogen peroxide – this is slowly released when the honey comes into contact with body fluids and has antiseptic properties.
Acidity – honey is very acidic and with a pH of 3.2 to 4.5, is as acidic as some vinegars, which also makes micro-organism growth difficult.
Antioxidants – it contains bioflavonoids and other antioxidants which may contribute to its activity.
Honey applied to the skin should be“medical-grade”, also known as “pharmaceutical-grade”. Application of untreated or raw honey often causes local inflammation which can be quite severe, as it often contains many impurities from bees and hives; it literally contains “bees knees”. Pharmaceutical-grade honey is made by purifying and sterilizing raw honey in a two-step process involving superfiltration and pasteurization.
Pilot studies have shown that Honevo is potentially also effective for acne, nappy rash, molluscum contagiosum and cold sores. In a pilot study of patients with psoriasis it was as effective as aqueous cream.
HoneyLab is a New Zealand pharmaceutical company with several platforms of clinical research, including dermatology, pain, and nutrition. HoneyLab are running the world’s largest programme of medical honey research. The research programme is directed by Dr. Shaun Holt. Shaun has both Pharmacy and Medical degrees from the UK, lectures at Victoria University of Wellington and is one of New Zealand’s most experienced clinical researchers.