I’ve been using cinnamon for a few years.  After I found out it was one of the best spices to use to treat inflammation, I started using it on anything it tasted good on.  This wasn’t hard to do at all.  With its spicy sweetness, warm aroma, and rich hue I was able to enjoy the flavor it added as much as I enjoyed knowing how much it was benefiting my body.

I could see why over thousands of years cinnamon has become one of the most commonly used spices.  Why wouldn’t anyone want to use an all natural, inexpensive, flavorful spice that also helps heal the body?  Our ancestors knew the benefits of using potent plants for a variety of ailments.  In ancient times plants were commonly used to treat infectious diseases due to their antimicrobial properties.

Egyptians even used cinnamon to embalm the deceased.  More recently it has been used to treat toothaches, bad breath, melasma, and acne.  Cinnamon is able to attack the root of these conditions because it has the following properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antitermitic
  • Larvicidal
  • Nematicidal
  • Insecticidal

Cinnamon is also packed with powerful antioxidants.  The bioactive phytochemicals such as cinnamaldehyde and eugenol give cinnamon its antibacterial punch.  After conducting a study, authors concluded that the antibacterial activity in cinnamaldehyde and eugenol could be used to develop new formulations for acne treatment.

It has been well established that cinnamon’s antibacterial activity fights Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria which is responsible for human infectious diseases and the breakdown of food and cosmetics. Cinnamon is often found in personal care products.  Stroll down any oral care aisle and you’ll find cinnamon flavored gum, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash.

Cinnamon’s astringent properties also make it good at shrinking pores.  – IDARA HAMPTON

When pores are smaller, they make skin appear more even and smoother.  Cinnamon has wound and acne healing properties.  It may also help fight pre-mature aging.  With that being said, cinnamon does have a downside.  I’m sharing it here because as the old saying goes, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”  When applied to the skin, cinnamon can be highly irritating to the skin.


I’ll share a couple of cinnamon based masks, but DO perform a patch test on your skin before even thinking about putting it on your face.  There’s a reason why some cinnamon based masks are referred to as burning masks.  Cinnamon does create a burning sensation on the skin for some people.  Simply because a product is natural does NOT mean that it is harmless.

ALWAYS patch test a cinnamon based mask before using it on your face.  Apply a dime-sized portion of the mixture to the back of the hand.  Wait at least 10 minutes to make sure that itching, redness, and swelling don’t occur.  If you can’t tolerate it for 10 minutes on a small part of your skin, then it is safe to assume that leaving it on your face for 30 minutes is completely out of the question.

Remember that everyone is different.  What works for you may not work for someone else.  This is very important to realize especially in the age of YouTube.  There are literally hundreds of DIY videos showing how to clear acne with household items.

In the same way your favorite YouTuber may be able to rock a shade of blue eyeshadow you could never pull off, she may also be able to tolerate certain skincare products or procedures that your skin simply can’t handle.  Proceed with caution.  The last thing you want to do is make a bad situation worse.  If your skin is already riddled with acne, why add unsightly reactions like contact dermatitis, pain, redness, white patches, or hyperpigmentation to the list?


Gather 2 tablespoons of medical grade honey and mix it with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until it forms a paste-like substance.  Apply it to skin, either to individual blemishes with a clean fingertip or cotton swab, or to the entire face if needed.  Wait 30 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.  Avoid using hot water to keep from drying the skin.

If you’re wondering where to find medical grade honey, look no further than your local health food store.  Medical grade honey has been purified and it is typically free of additives.  They’re routinely used in skincare applications.  Manuka honey and Revamil honey are two examples of medical grade honeys to use.


Gather one egg and two tablespoons of cinnamon and mix them together.  Let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.  Apply the mixture to your face.  You can use it as a spot treatment or all over the face if needed.  Let it sit for 30 minutes.  Rinse off the mask with warm water.



DON’T exfoliate before using a cinnamon based mask as it will open pores and intensify any burning sensation.  Just wash your face with a very mild cleanser using gentle motions before applying the mask.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is provided as an information resource only.  It is not to be used or relied upon for any treatment or diagnostic purposes.  This information is not intended to be patient education.  It should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.  The statements on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.   This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please consult your healthcare provider before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition, such as if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a mental condition.  Please read all product packaging carefully and consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise, supplementation or medication program. Cosmetic products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

 *   *   *


Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Arianna Di Lorenzo, Morteza Izadi, Eduardo Sobarzo-Sánchez, Maria Daglia, and Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, “Antibacterial Effects of Cinnamon: From Farm to Food, Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Industries,” Nutrients. 2015 Sep; 7(9): 7729–7748 Published online 2015 Sep 11. doi: 10.3390/nu7095359

“Can honey and cinnamon help treat acne?”