Does Honey and Cinnamon Really Help with Acne?

There is no research available on the advantages of a mixture of honey and cinnamon face mask. Honey and cinnamon have been studied separately, but the studies have yielded mixed results.

In 2016, the US National Library of Medicine published a study wherein 10% honey-derived glycerine and 90% medical-grade kanuka honey was applied to the face after washing with an antibacterial soap compared to just merely washing with the same kind of soap but not using the honey [R].

They have found that using the honey mixture only improved acne in 4 out of 53 subjects [R].

A review of 70 articles written about cinnamon found that it has antibacterial and wound-healing properties. It was even suggested to have skin anti-aging properties [R].

The Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine published a review stating that the hydrogen peroxide created by enzymes found in honey has antimicrobial effects [R].

However, this property is not noted on every type of honey. Manuka honey does not have this property, but it still has some antimicrobial effect due to its basicity and high sugar amount.

The Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection printed an article stating that certain kinds of honey made in Iran possessed the same level of antimicrobial properties as some antibiotic medications. However, the authors stated that there hasn’t been enough studies done for honey’s ability to get rid of Propionibacterium acnes, a gram-positive acne-causing bacteria [R].

Here are steps you can follow if you want to make a honey and cinnamon face mask:

Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 2 tablespoons of honey in a bowl until it resembles a pastelike consistency.

Always do a patch test beforehand by applying a small amount of the mixture on the back of your hand. For 10 minutes, observe and look out for any allergic reactions, such as redness, itching, and swelling.

Apply to problematic areas or the entire face using a cotton bud. If you want to use your fingertips, make sure you wash them first.

Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water after 30 minutes. You may also leave it overnight.

To avoid skin dryness, avoid using excessively warm water.

Although honey is generally safe for skin application, some people are allergic to it. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include itching, swelling, wheezing, and hives.

Additionally, cinnamon is also a potential skin irritant. Because of this, it is highly required to do a patch test before using honey and cinnamon as a face mask.

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