Honey has a history of use for skin care that stretches back thousands of years.
The Egyptian queen Cleopatra used to bathe in milk and honey, while another Egyptian queen Nefertiti, famed for her beauty, used honey as a staple of her routine.
Its popularity with natural skin care enthusiasts continues today, and it’s frequently combined with a range of natural ingredients that have protective and restorative benefits for the skin.
One of the most popular ways to use honey is in a honey and cinnamon face mask.
This combination is very popular with people who are suffering from acne and pimples.
It’s also worth using if you want to freshen up your complexion and reduce the appearance of fine lines and rough looking skin, and remove blackheads.
In this article, I’ll show you how to make a honey and cinnamon face mask for acne, and the benefits that these two super ingredients have for your skin.
Honey And Cinnamon Face Mask Benefits
Honey and cinnamon both have a number of properties that make it interesting for acne treatment and skin care.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits that they have for your skin:
Honey is one of the most popular natural acne remedies. This is because there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from people who claim to have used homemade honey face masks successfully in their acne treatment.
However, it’s important to realize that at this moment in time there is no conclusive scientific evidence to support the use of honey for treating acne. Clinical trials that examine its effectiveness are yet to be performed.
What is well-known about honey is that it has antibacterial activity. Scientific studies have shown that this antibacterial activity can kill a range of bacteria on the skin (1).
This is believed to be because of the hydrogen peroxide that the honey contains and a special protein called bee-defensin-1 that is added by the bees when the nectar is in their stomach.
However, not all honey is created equal, and there is significant variation in the antibacterial powers of different types of honey.
The honey with the greatest antibacterial activity is considered to be manuka honey. This special honey has non-peroxide antibacterial activity and is the most popular choice with people attempting to treat acne.
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Honey contains a number of powerful antioxidants including the vitamins B and C, polyphenols, and flavonoids (2).
These antioxidants help to protect the skin from the damage caused by free radicals that are created after exposure to sunlight.
This damage is one of the main factors responsible for the aging of your skin and the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Topical antioxidants can also play a part in helping to prevent acne infections. This is because free radical damage to sebum in your skin pores creates the ideal breeding ground for the acne bacteria. This is considered to be one of the key stages in the formation of acne (3).
Honey acts as a gentle exfoliant of the skin due to the organic acids, like gluconic acid, that it contains.
Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin from the surface of your face, unclogging skin pores and leaving your skin looking fresh and smooth. It can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Honey is a humectant that attracts and binds water and can help to prevent its loss from your skin.
This helps to keep the skin looking well moisturized.
Cinnamon contains phenolic compounds, such as eugenol and cinnamaldehyde , which give it powerful antibacterial properties.
Extracts of cinnamon have been shown in scientific studies to be capable of killing the acne bacteria P.acnes (4).
Cinnamon is also rich in skin protecting antioxidants.
In fact, in one study that looked at the antioxidant capacity of 26 different spices that are commonly available, cinnamon ranked as the second highest (5).
This is largely due to the phenolic compounds it contains.
Not only do the antioxidant properties of cinnamon protect the skin from damage, but studies have also shown that it can stimulate the production of collagen within the skin when applied topically (6).
This can help to reverse the signs of aging and improve the appearance of your skin.
The specific compound responsible has been identified as cinnamaldehyde.
How To Make A Honey And Cinnamon Face Mask For Acne
It’s important to know that most of the table honeys that you commonly find in the stores are not very useful for using on your skin. This is because they have been have been processed by heating. This destroys a lot of the beneficial compounds that honey contains.
For the very best results you should look to use manuka honey because of its high level of antibacterial activity.
Things To Get:
- A jar of ground cinnamon
- A jar of organic, raw honey
1. Measure out 3 tablespoons of the raw honey and place them in a small bowl.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of the ground cinnamon to the bowl.
3. Mix the cinnamon and honey together well using a spoon.
Directions For Use:
- Use a brush or your fingers to spread the face mask over your skin.
- Leave the mixture on your face for around 15 to 20 minutes.
- Rinse your face clean again with water.
- You can use this face mask daily for the best results.
Side Effects And Precautions
- Most people won't have any problems when using a cinnamon and honey facial mask. But, it's a good idea before using it for the first time to test a small amount of the mixture on your wrist. Leave it on your skin for about 20 minutes to see if you suffer any reaction.
- People who suffer from a pollen allergy might also be allergic to honey because of the pollen it contains.
- It's not advised for breastfeeding women to use honey. You also shouldn't use it on infants who are less than 12 months of age due to the risk of botulism (7).
Both honey and cinnamon have a number of beneficial properties when applied to the skin.
In particular, the combination has become very popular with people who are attempting to treat acne.
Its uses for beauty purposes also includes the ability to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin, providing a more youthful and healthy appearance when used regularly.
Have you tried using a honey and cinnamon face mask for acne and skin care? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.