Product Review: Seven Days Using Honevo Rosacea

Honevo, a facial cleanser from HoneyLab, has been getting high praise from people who have rosacea. Kanuka honey contains strong antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent choice to help treat the redness associated with the skin condition.

I’ve had rosacea for decades. It started when I was a teen, but it progressed rapidly in my 30s, and soon my skin was red with pustules, and in the winter months, even with use of moisturizers, it was cracking and peeling. My doctor and I found that dietary changes in the winter months was not enough, so I started using Metrogel to help control it.

Metrogel vs. Honevo Price

If you don’t know of Metrogel, it is a topical antibiotic gel that is applied twice a day to the areas where rosacea is the worst. By itself (using pricing from my local pharmacy), Metrogel costs more than $250 per tube. My insurance is pretty good, so I pay $10 per tube with a co-pay. My mother, who also has rosacea, isn’t as lucky, and she gets 50 percent off, so she is paying about $130 per tube.
Honevo is only available online. It costs approximately $20 USD per tube. Plus, there is the shipping cost to get it from New Zealand to the United States or wherever you happen to reside. Shipping to my area in the United States (New England) is almost $10 USD. That puts the total at around $30, which can be much cheaper than Metrogel.

How Well Does It Work

One thing I’ve found about rosacea is that what works for some will not work for others. From the start, I was pretty sure that Honevo would fit well into this. Per the studies, it does work for a high percentage of people, but there was also a percentage who found their skin got worse after using the honey facial cleanser.

The instructions vary. On the tube, it said to apply a thin layer to your face and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. The website said to leave it on for at least 15 minutes. The study I read said participants left it on their face for 30 minutes or longer. I followed the trial and left it on for 30 minutes. You do this twice a day, just like with Metrogel, so I would do it before a shower in the morning and before bed at night.

Before I even started, I stopped using Metrogel for three days. I figured this would clear out any residual effects of the antibiotic gel and start fresh with the Honevo Rosacea.

One thing I noticed within two days is that my skin was itchy. It wasn’t enjoyable, and I was afraid I was going to be one of those people who found Honevo Rosacea didn’t help. I kept going, however, hoping it would improve. Sadly, it didn’t. By day seven, the redness had not improved, though it didn’t really worsen. It does say to give it two weeks, but the itching is really bothering me, so I am stopping at seven days.


After 7 days

Bottom Line

Bottom line is that I think there is huge merit in Honevo Rosacea. The studies show that it works for some. I have my suspicions on why it works for some and not others. Research has shown that some believe rosacea is linked to mites, while others believe it may be fungal or bacterial. The sugar from the honey might actually feed bacteria. As my rosacea responds well to antibiotic gel, I am betting mine is bacterial. If you have rosacea and are looking for a natural, cost-effective treatment, purchase a tube and give it a shot. If it works, the money will be well worth it!