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.

Honevo now treats cold sores

Cold sores are annoying and all we want is for them to go away - as fast as possible. And wouldn't it be nice if this could happen naturally? 

Well now it can.  HoneyLab has released its strongest formulation of Honevo yet to help heal the cold sore lesion.  Honevo has been shown in a phase 2 trial to be more effective than the leading anti-viral product at making the cold sore wound go away. 

And it is 100% natural so can be used as frequently as you wish without any risk of side effects from a synthetic drug. 


Honevo treats acne

Acne can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition that is often difficult to treat. Some of the most common creams or ointments are based on bleaches. While these can reduce the acne, they can also damage and dry out the skin, and some products are even sold with additional products to repair the skin that the bleach has damaged. 

Honevo works as a mask that you leave on and then wash off. Rather than dry out the skin, Honevo moisturises as it treats the acne, leaving the skin refreshed and clear.

Honevo treats Rosacea

Rosacea is a condition that often presents as redness of the face, sometimes coming with visible blood vessels, bumps, pimples and watery eyes.

Rosacea is a common disorder, with an estimated 5% of adults affected, often unknowingly. While rosacea cannot be cured, it can be successfully controlled. Honevo treats redness and bumps while moisturising the skin.


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.

Evidence-based science

Honevo employs a large range of rigorous scientific methods to support its claims including:

  • Independent laboratory research
  • Randomised, controlled clinical trials
  • Strategic alliance with Medical Research Institute of NZ who undertake the independent clinical research on our behalf
  • Peer-review of research by Mayo Clinic and dermatologists
  • Studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals
  • Studies presented at national and international medical conferences

Selected research publications

  1. Shaun Holt, Keryn Johnson, Jason Ryan, Owen Catchpole, Shuguang Zhang, and Kevin A. Mitchell. New Zealand Kanuka Honey Has High Levels of Methylglyoxal and Antimicrobial Activity. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. March 2012.
  2. Holt S, Cole A. A pilot study of topical medical-grade kānuka honey for acne. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 2011 (June): 190. (PDF)
  3. Holt S, Cole A. A pilot study of topical medical-grade kanuka honey for acne. Presented at World Dermatology Congress, Seoul, Korea, May 2011
  4. Holt S, Webster-Longin M, Perrin K, Baker T, Beasley R. The use of honey in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum in children. Presented at World Dermatology Congress, Seoul, Korea, May 2011
  5. Holt S. Medical-grade New Zealand kanuka honey as a topical treatment for acne and rosacea. Presented at World Congress of Cosmetic Dermatology, Athens, Greece, May 2013
  6. Fingleton J, Sheahan D, Cave N, et al. Topical kanuka honey for the treatment of rosacea. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 2013 (Dec): 221–222.
  7. Fingleton, James, et al. A randomised controlled trial of topical Kanuka honey for the treatment of eczema. JRSM Short Reports 5.1 (2014)
  8. Fingleton J, Sheahan D, Cave N, et al. Topical kanuka honey for the treatment of psoriasis. In press
  9. Fingleton J, Tofield C, Helm C, et al. Topical kanuka honey for the treatment of nappy rash. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 2014 (March) 50–51
  10. Fingleton J, Sheahan D, Cave N, et al. Topical kanuka honey for the treatment of cold sores. In press

A list of publications by Professor Holt can be found on Google Scholar.