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Treat Acne Naturally with Cinnamon

January 30, 2014

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Cinnamon has long been touted as an amazing nutritional supplement that offers all kinds of natural health remedies. One of the areas of your body that gets the most benefit from adding cinnamon to your diet is your stomach and digestive tract. Cinnamon’s strong anti-bacterial properties help reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and some studies show that cinnamon oil can help fight off the bacteria that contribute to Candida yeast infections. A cup of cinnamon tea is also effective in calming your stomach if you have the flu.

Just as cinnamon can improve your internal health, it can also help keep your skin healthy and glowing! Because the spice pulls dirt and bacteria out of your pores, it’s a great treatment for acne and blackheads.

There are several ways to use cinnamon as an acne treatment. The first is to mix a small amount of cinnamon with lemon juice and apply it to your skin as a spot treatment after you wash your face. I found this method to be a bit harsh and it left my already dry, winter skin feeling even drier, though it could be a perfect treatment in the warmer, more humid seasons. My favorite way to use cinnamon as a natural beauty product is to mix it with some raw, local honey (which I’m a huge fan of for natural beauty!) and apply it as a face mask. It’s my new favorite at home natural beauty treatment because it feels tingly and fresh while it’s on your face, and the cinnamon works as a light exfoliator when you wash it off. My skin was slightly red after the treatment, so I recommend using this mask before you go to sleep at night. The next morning, your complexion will feel clean, moisturized, and breakout-free!

Cinnamon-Honey Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp raw, local honey
  • ½ tsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Using your fingers, apply the mask to your freshly washed face.
  3. Leave the mask on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes. It can be drippy, so I recommend laying back and relaxing while you let the cinnamon do its thing!
  4. When you are ready to remove the mask, use warm water to gently scrub the mask off by making circular motions on your skin with your fingertips. This will help exfoliate any dead skin off of your face.
  5. Splash your face with cold water before patting dry. Be sure to apply night cream or coconut oil afterward to replenish the moisture in your skin.