Does Cinnamon Clear Acne?

Will a Cinnamon Mask Clear Acne or Acne Scars?

Cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon.
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Herbal remedies have been making a huge comeback over the last several years.  There's something very satisfying about creating something from natural ingredients, with your own two hands, and using that remedy to fix a problem.

The trick is knowing which remedies are safe and effective, which are not, and if the problem you're trying to fix should be treated by a doctor instead.

When it comes to acne treatments, the cinnamon mask makes me uncomfortable on a number of levels.

  I don't care if herbal-remedy-lovers blast me for this, but a cinnamon mask isn't an effective acne treatment.  And I don't think it's all that great for your skin, either.

Cinnamon masks can irritate your skin.

First, let's just look at the safety concerns.  Rubbing cinnamon onto your face could irritate sensitive skin facial skin and cause a nasty rash called contact dermatitis. 

Are there people who use cinnamon masks without any problems whatsoever?  Yes, sure.  But there are plenty of people who tried them and were rewarded with a red, irritated face.  You really can't be sure how your skin will react, so you need to ask yourself if it's really worth the risk.

Doesn't cinnamon kill bacteria?

Even if you can use cinnamon on your skin, without any ill-effects, the next question is will it clear up your acne? 

There aren't many good, solid studies on the effects that cinnamon has on bacteria and even less on the effect it may have (or may not have) on acne.

  Some sources say cinnamon has antibacterial qualities, there is no evidence at all that cinnamon kills the acne-causing bacteria propioni acnes.

Besides, acne isn't solely caused by bacteria.  Just knocking it out isn't enough to keep breakouts from forming.

So the science really isn't behind this one.

  Using a cinnamon mask isn't going to clear up an active case of acne, unfortunately.

Instead of cinnamon, try this.

Even though cinnamon isn't that acne treatment silver bullet you're looking for, it's not all bad news.  There are other options out there that will work for you.

Looking for a treatment for occasional pimples?

If you only get the occasional blemish, you don't need a daily acne treatment per se.  Don't rely on cinnamon or that other oft-suggested (but pretty horrible) spot treatment, toothpaste.  Instead try some of these proven treatments to banish that zit: Breakout 911: Heal That Pimple FAST

Needing an effective treatment to get acne under control?

Although I can't suggest any effective kitchen remedies for acne, I can do the next best thing for you -- offer up some treatment options that really do work.  Yes, some of them require a trip to the dermatologist, but at the end of the day if your skin is clear, won't it be worth it?  Effective Acne Treatment Options 


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