Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne

In the ancient world, Cinnamon trade was huge as it was extensively used for ritual and mundane purposes.  The trees are native to Sri Lanka but today, different species and cultivars are now grown all over South East Asia.  The Egyptians used it for embalming potions, perfumes, incense and oils. It is also mentioned in the Old Testament as sweet cinnamon is the second ingredient in the holy anointing oil.  In Exodus chapter 30:30-34, the holy anointing oil included the the finest of spices myrrh, sweet-smelling cinnamon, fragrant cane, cassia, and olive oil.

The word ‘Cinnamon’ is derived from the ancient Hebrew word ‘kinnämön, which in turn probably originates from the Malay or Indonesian term ‘Kayumanis’, meaning ‘sweet wood’. Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner barks of the trees belonging to the Cinnamomum plant family.  True Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon and the south-eastern coast of India, while the closely related Cassia is native to China.

Cinnamon combats acne because of the board spectrum of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, microdermabrasion, and antioxidant properties within the plant.  These include cinnamaldehyde and proanthocyanidins.

By removing bacteria from the skin, cinnamon prevents the clogging of the skin pores and reduces the inflammation and increased sebum production caused by the microbes.  As an added benefit, cinnamon also reduces skin inflammation with the trans-cinnamaldehyde property which inhibits the production of nitric oxide.  Nitric oxide is a major component of the inflammation process and thereby reducing its production can help reduce acne swelling which presents as superficial (pimples, whiteheads and blackheads) and deep (nodules and cysts) acne lesions.  Additionally Cinnamon can also reduce inflammation through the inhibition of COX-2 or cyclooxygenase-2 synthesis.  COX-2 is a major component of the cascade reaction in the body that leads to skin inflammation.

These antioxidant properties of Cinnamon help protects the skin from environmental toxins.

In addition, ground cinnamon or cinnamon powder can provide a microdermabrasion effect on the skin by sloughing off the top layer of dirt formed by sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells.

Adding Honey into the recipe helps to offer strong antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits as a natural antioxidant to aid Cinnamon in combating and healing acne.  Honey can also sooth the skin to counteract any irritation caused by cinnamon.  Cinnamon allows the skin to become plump by bringing oxygen and blood to the surface while together both Cinnamon and Honey help remove excess oil from the skin’s surface.

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Raw Local Organic Honey

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne Directions:

There are different recipes for this mask but the simplest way to prepare it is to mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder with 3 tablespoon of raw local organic honey.

Gently mix the cinnamon with the honey until they are thoroughly blended and form a sort of paste.

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne Application:

Before you apply the mask, ensure the face and neck has been cleanse properly.  Apply the mask with clean fingertips but avoid the eye area.  Allow the mask to dry for at least 20 minutes and rinse throughly with warm water.  Pat the skin gently to dry and proceed with the moisturizer routine.  You may need to re-apply this mask every day for 2 – 3 weeks if your acne is severe.

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Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne

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