My mother always said honey is the queen of skin care ingredients and she was right. You see, where I come from, it’s widely available in its raw, purest state, so many generations have used it as a natural, anti-acne and blemish treatment. I, myself, have been introduced to the cinnamon and honey mask when I was just a teenager and skin issues started to unravel due to hormonal changes.
It proved helpful then, so I decided to give this popular home remedy a try now, when I’m facing the occasional and mild acne or the constant blemishes. Since no fancy (read pretty expensive) treatment available on the market seemed to work, I decided to go back to the good old recipe that’s been in my family for ages, to try and clear my skin. I’ve kept to this routine for about five weeks before seeing improvements, but the results were impressive to say the least.
If you are serious about treating acne and blemishes in a more natural way, or if your body doesn’t respond well to harsh chemicals and antibiotics found in anti-acne treatments, lotions and creams, then the honey and cinnamon face mask is the right choice for you.
How does it work?
A honey and cinnamon face mask helps moisturize and soften the skin, clear out blemishes and acne, dry out existing pimples if used as an overnight treatment as well as revitalize dull skin. It’s formula is simple and effective and it contains ingredients that have proven to be powerful allies in the race for beautiful skin.
Honey is a natural moisturizing agent, an anti-fungal and a natural antibacterial ingredient, so it’s great for acne treatment and breakout prevention. It locks moisture inside the skin and has antioxidant properties that protect against sun damage and free radicals. Basically, it fights infection without irritating your skin.
Cinnamon reduces inflammation and redness, it’s an antiseptic which will reduce the bacteria infection in acne, while aiding in the prevention of blemishes and even help dry out existing pimples. It also stimulates circulation, exfoliates and revitalizes the skin by drawing blood, oxygen and nutrients to the surface of your skin, leaving it healthy and clear. Plus, its delightful scent boosts brain activity!
This combination of super-ingredients make for a great acne treatment and a way to fade acne scars. Wanna try it? Here’s the original recipe, plus some other great ingredients that you can mix into the mask to make it more powerful, depending on your skin condition.
DIY Honey and Cinnamon Mask
Face masks are more than often really convenient – since the best ingredients are usually already in your household – and they’re usually pretty simple to make. If you want to pamper yourself with a honey and cinnamon mask and achieve a clear and dewy skin, here’s what you need:
- 2 teaspoons of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- a small bowl
- a brush (optional)
Mix the two ingredients into a paste and apply it using your fingers or a brush on your clean face. Make sure to remove any makeup, moisturizer or sunscreen off your face before applying the mask and as with all face masks, avoid the eye area.
Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water, then splash some cold water at the end to close up those pores. For best results, apply the mask once or twice a week.
You can also dab it on a zit and leave it overnight to speed the healing process.
I also like to use a natural toner after I remove the honey and cinnamon mask, to close up pores and purify the skin. I apply a mix of tea tree oil and which hazel on top of the face and after five minutes, I follow with Argan oil or Almond oil.
Cinnamon and honey face mask for acne scars
The slightly acidic pH level of honey is what helps prevent the growth of bacteria. However, its properties vary depending on the specific flora that was used to produce it, as well as its water content.
That’s why I recommend you use organic ingredients as much as possible, available at your local gourmet or organic foods shop or at your local farmers market.
The best choice in terms of antimicrobial properties is Manuka Honey. I recommend Wedderspoon 100% Raw Manuka Honey 12+ unpasteurized.
Also, both Ceylon cinnamon and Chinese cinnamon (cassia) are labeled as cinnamon. You want to find the Ceylon variety, either in your local spice store or ethnic market, since this will give you more assurance that it has not been irradiated (which may lead to a significant decrease in its vitamin C and carotenoid content.)
The face mask recipe is great for clearing skin and making it soft and dewy, however if you need something a bit stronger to get rid of acne scars and cure acne and pimples, there are a few more ingredients that you can include in the mix:
- 2 teaspoons of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice – helps dry pimples and fade acne scars and dark spots
- 2 crushed uncoated aspirins – fastens the healing process of pimples and has antibacterial properties
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg – anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins and will help your acne scars disappear
If you decide to try this treatment, please give it at least five weeks trial. Nothing will really work within a week, so stick to this system and you will see results.
Is this right for your skin type?
The honey mask is something that works wonders for any skin type – as it figures, the best ingredients always seem to do – so you can expect clear, acne-free (or drastically reduced, depending on the severity), smooth and dewy skin if you have dry, combination or oily skin.
Though I never faced cystic acne myself to speak from experience, after some research I’ve asked friends who suffer from this condition and who are very skeptical about putting things on their face, to give it a try. The cinnamon and honey mask didn’t make them break out, nor caused any irritations and after prolonged use, it made their acne scars less visible. Now, they love me even more 😛
My only recommendation is to do a patch test on your wrist before applying the mask on your face to be sure you’re not allergic to honey or cinnamon. Although it is not very common, due to the fact that honey is a byproduct of bees and pollen, those who suffer from those allergies, might be more susceptible to a honey allergy. It is not life threatening, but it’s best avoided.
Also, if you have extremely sensitive skin, cinnamon can be too harsh. I, for one, have sensitive skin and prone to redness and breakouts, yet haven’t had any side effect caused by this face mask.
With this mask, I have regained hope that natural, organic ingredients really can improve your skin. Thanks to the honey and cinnamon mask, I only get an occasional blemish once in a while, which I usually terminate overnight using this spot treatment. The rest of the time, I pride myself in clear, healthy looking skin.
Try this acne treatment and share your feelings in the comments.