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Honey + Cinnamon Powder = Acne Cure

Updated on July 7, 2011

I would like to start by saying that I'm not a doctor, a dermatologist or a beautician. Netiher am I certified nor qualified to give beauty advice.

I just would like to share information about what works for me.

I had quite a serious acne problem when I was growing up. It continued until I was in my twenties - which was quite embarrassing. I tried different treatments and beauty products - from the inexpensive ones to the expensive ones - but none of them worked for me.

Then one day, when I was driving to work, I heard the DJ talking about acne remedy she read somewhere. A simple remedy using honey and cinnamon powder. I had nothing to lose, so I decided to give it a try.

Here's what I did. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey (I use New Zealand honey) with 1.5 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. This mixture should last for about 2 months.

Wash your face with a facial cleanser (whatever you're currently using is fine) and pat your face dry. Then apply a thin layer of the honey-cinnamon mix to your face in the same way you'd put on a facial mask. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and then wash your face. Apply toner and moisturiser.

I did this 3 times a week and as the acne cleared, I reduced the frequency to twice a week. Now I only use it once a week.

How long it would take for your acne to clear would depend on how serious it is now. It took almost 4 months for mine to clear.

For most people, the paste doesn't make their skin feel itchy or cause a burning sensation. If you experience either, it's best to stop using it or consult your doctor.

That's the best acne remedy I came across and the best thing is it cost very little and it's very effective.

Try it at your own risk. If it works for you, let me know by leaving a comment below. Good luck.

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      anmol 2 years ago

      Goldiemaz waiting for ur reply

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      anmol 2 years ago

      It is burning after applying. So I m discontinuing.

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      anmol 2 years ago

      I just started using from today as I have small pimples on my cheeks and chin. Hope it works! Will post the results shortly once I start feeling the difference.

      Goldiemaz- I need your help on treating hyper pigmentation naturally. I am suffering with hyperpigmentation on my chin. Tell me something which is effective.

      Thank you.

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      syl 2 years ago

      started using the honey mask for 3days now. seeing rash all over my face,pls what do I do to make the rash go off

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      Danny 2 years ago

      Do NOT use this mask. I tried it yesterday, and woke up this morning with a HUGE rash all over my face. I know it had to be the cinnamon because I've used honey on my face before with no problems. I don't know how long it will take for this rash to go away but I look terrible and I really regret using cinnamon. Please use oats and honey in the mask only. The cinnamon is really harsh, and you run the risk of burning your skin or developing a rash like I did.

      For anyone else who may have had the same problem as me, what did you do about the rash and how long did it take for it to go away? Please help, I start school in another week and I don't want my face looking like this. Email me at xoxo_danny@yahoo.com

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      Shiru 3 years ago

      I have had acne since 2012 and i feel bad about it am going to try this and report

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      twincle 3 years ago

      Hi frnds.

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      Erika 3 years ago

      Can this work for redness as well?? I have a bit of acne here n there but my face gets red. Thanks for the info I hope this works I'm almost 30.

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      seohyun 3 years ago

      This home remedy works wonders for me. I have been using it then since I don't have a lot of money to buy products for acne. My pimples got smaller and less visible, thanks to honey & cinnamon. :)

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      Kelly 3 years ago

      Tried this today, I have struggled with very hard to treat acne for years, my skin is oily but dry as can be at the same time and I get awful breakouts and cystic acne very often. Not many products or remedies that don't irritate my skin or make me break out more. After using this for about 20 minutes there was already improvement. My skin tone is more even and pimples are considerably less red will definitely continue this treatment

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      mistermisses 3 years ago

      I am confused if I should use this method, there are so many comments of people who use this method and helps them but their are also some of people who says it burns?! should I try this or not... my skin is really irritating and nothing works on it. please answer my question if this has helped you or not.

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      Daniela 3 years ago

      I try everything on my skin! from home remedies to beauty products. non of them seem to work. some work only a little. I will try this, please have this work! if it does I will love you all forever!

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      raisamabelle 3 years ago

      Sorry but that was a mistake that I put cinnamon powder and lemon on my face. When I tried it just for a few seconds, I can't endure the pain, I washed it and I was shocked that my face was red like I have a bad sunburn. I tried washing it again maybe because of the cinnamon but oh no, I was still red, I really panicked but thanks to sunflower oil, my face was less red and I'm praying that I'm back to my normal face again tomorrow.

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      Hellen 3 years ago

      My face itch and burn after using the c i n a m o n and honey marsk.

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      Kaleigh 3 years ago

      I made a small batch and dabbed some on my biggest problem spots on my face, and covered them with a bandaid so I can sleep with it on. Fingers crossed!

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      amrit 3 years ago

      Is it needed tp keep this mixture of honey and cinnamon pd. over night or 15_20 minutes

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      Kaylah 3 years ago

      I DID THIS AND MY FACE BURNT SO BAD NOW IT'S EXTREMELY RED, LIKE SUNBURN OR AN ALLERGIC REACTION, SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME. (This was not my first time trying this, I have done it plenty of times beforehand, but I wan't to know why I burnt my face just now!!) It really hurts.

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      gal 3 years ago

      I tried this nd i had pimples all over......

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      Nina 3 years ago

      Hi Goldiemaz after using the mixture do I have to use a mosturizer or toner

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      Cookie x 3 years ago

      My mum found this remedy when she had a bad acne rash on her face and it worked wonders for her. She tipped it off to me because as a 14 yr old teen i have been getting a lot of break outs. I tried it out and the next morning my acne was noticeably clearer. I use one and a half teaspoons of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey and leave it on for 20 mins, so far any honey I have tried has worked. I apply it after I have washed my face with hot water. I also rinse it off with hot water and then once the cinnamon and honey is all off i apply some cold water to close the pores.

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      PrincessF 4 years ago

      This mask made me breakout terribly and totally regretted trying it. I guess it was the cinnamon that caused the disaster because I have applied plain honey before and nothing ever happened. oh well..

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      Vicky 4 years ago

      sdsd

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      FortD09 4 years ago

      I used this technique for a week now. Suddenly I have more pimples than before, I guess it will work if we use pure honey only.

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      helpmeplease 4 years ago

      Hey, i started using this for about a week, it worked perfectly and my acne was starting to go away. Then i went out of honey, and didn't get a new one for about 2 weeks. Then i tried it again with big hope it was going to fade away, but it only started to itch and my skin got irritated and i got only more acne, please help me :(

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      anonumous 4 years ago

      i am seeing rats comin out my face

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      snehakokku@yahoo.com 4 years ago

      can we rub tomato juice also along with applying the above paste??? or we should only use the above paste and nothing else????

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      windy 4 years ago

      How about any ground cinnamon,I can't find cinnamon powder.Which honey must I used.

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      Windy 4 years ago

      Robertson ground cinnamon is also good for the mixture.

      Is fine when I apply the mixture during the night and wash it next day.

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      Dove 4 years ago

      I have it on right now xD i accidently put it on to tjock so i!ts dripping off my face lol. I really hope it works thanx

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      Dove 4 years ago

      I have it on right now xD i accidently put it on to tjock so i!ts dripping off my face lol. I really hope it works thanx

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      Liya 4 years ago

      hi everyone.. just want to tell you all that honey and cinnamon is really a good remedy for acne and scars. if you have start using this paste continue to use it till ur acne ends. dnt stop and try later else it will stop working.. you can leave it overnight and in the morning wash it with warm water. i was 16 when i start having pimples problem and now am 23 am still having it.. only this paste is being a good remedy..

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      Pole Panic 4 years ago

      Hey Goldiemaz! thanks for sharing! I'm now trying it. hope for a better result. : )

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      Uzzzi 4 years ago

      Im scared to try this because my skin is vert sensitive :( but i will try tonite

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      charles 4 years ago

      i'm 17 and have had bad acne for a while. i will try this and see if works. i have it on right now! thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hey m jus 14 years old and m having lot of pimples as i love to eat sour and spicy things but right now i had applied and lets see if it works for me....hoping for the best.....

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      racheal 4 years ago

      any other way that doesn't involve me getting lighter.

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      edward 4 years ago

      it is totally bakwass ....

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      grace 4 years ago

      im only 13 but have lots of pimples. is this good for young skin???

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      Madison 5 years ago

      Just tried the mask! Already feel like it's working!!

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      jess 5 years ago

      wow!!

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      goldiemaz 5 years ago

      You don't have to sleep with the mask. Wash it off after 15 minutes.

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      Vanessa 5 years ago

      If your skin gets red easily put some lemon juice from actual lemons in the mix. It helps A LOT!

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      person 5 years ago

      when i tried it it made my face start itching then turn red...should i just try honey? im afraid to because school is in just 2 days!!! i have a few bumps and a few scars. I tried garlic and then put ice on it...i don't know what to do.

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      kesa 5 years ago

      today i will tyr

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      Preeti 5 years ago

      hi..

      i have a health problem.. which is causing my acne.. its nt a normal skin problem . wud it still cure it ?

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      Sheridan 5 years ago

      ok i read half the comments but gave up, i tried to leave it on overnight last night but ended up rubbing it off because it just went everywhere, i ended up putting it just on my pimples and blotting a dot of paper towel on them (like when men shave and cut themselves? or whatever they do) and i was wondering, how are people sleeping with this on? do you cover your pillow with a towel? or i dunno. im seeing an improvement just from using it for like an hour last night. definitely worth trying. thanks.

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      Abigail 5 years ago

      I wil it a try....

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      shivanta 5 years ago

      when i put the mask on my face starts to itch so should i stop using the mask

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      Junbugg 5 years ago

      I am in mid-30's and have had very severe congestion(clogged pores) , acne, scarring (sometimes I feel as if my skin had a meat tenderizer was used on it!!). I believe that our skin has many impurities that need to be purged, and it wont scare me off if I experience any additional skin issues for the first few times of trying this honey-cinnamon concoction. I will do it nightly....possibly every other night so I don't over do it. I will report back on how it effects my different concerns ( active acne, clogged pores, scarring that's old and recent...some indented and ice-pick type.). I think its very helpful to read specific, detailed healing testimonials!! :)

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      Esther 5 years ago

      After using it, my skin feels brand new!!!! Id advise those who haven't tried it to try it because you aint got nothin to loose, it doesn even dig deep in your pockets!!

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      cess 5 years ago

      im using this treatment as my uncle suggested this to me..it has a good effect on my face. my acne turns smaller in 2 nights used of it..scars lighten and it smoothens the face..it really does.

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      jacob5318 5 years ago

      I'm currently reading a book called, "The Honey Prescription", which discusses Dr Peter Molan saying Manuka Honey has been demonstrated to kill every bacteria they have tried it on. Amazing natural product :)

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      Jacob5318 5 years ago

      I know Goldiemaz said she uses pure NZ honey for this, and I want to make 2 recommendations:

      1. use Manuka Honey (generally only found in NZ)

      2. buy it from Airborne Honey.

      Why manuka honey? It's proven to be some of the most antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant honey in the world. Which is why the price is quite high relative to other honeys, but it's worth it!

      There are many companies that sell Manuka, and most would be ok, but...

      Airborne Honey is the only company that produces their honey without much heat used in the production process (patented technology), which makes their honey the most natural honey you can find of any larger company. Heat kills the natural beneficial enzymes and nutrients in the honey.

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      Eric,NYC 5 years ago

      I am 48 and still occasionally plagued by zits that seemingly do not want to come to the surface and had one coming out on my schnoz. I lanced it and it came back.

      I have been using honey and cinnamon for 3 nights now and I can definitely see a difference and my pores look tighter after I wash.It definitely works.

      ~I also use cinnamon with green clay/water for my tendinitis/sports injuries and it's good for arthritis. Apply overnight to painful joints, it's magical. And no risk . Good luck to all.The zit stuff is great !!

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      Darsolah 5 years ago

      Infact, i was really impressed when going thru d comments,plz i'm having pimples on ma face, pls can u tell me d common name of d cinnamon cause i've asked everybdy beside me here nd i cnt get itz name. Pls waiting 4 d reply

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      sami 5 years ago

      i have used this for 1 day&i can already see the difference,my skin is glowing&feeling fresher,i'll be using it for the 2nd time now

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      Sarah(14) 5 years ago

      I am just trying it and I hope it really works. It is starting to itch on only one part of my face. Should I lesve it on for 15 min. or leave it on all night. I am afraid my pillow will get all sticky.

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      jezzy 5 years ago

      If you take a dip in the pool that helps 2 because the chlorine drys out your skin

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      morgies 5 years ago

      i was putting it on as i was reading the comments but i think i put to much on bcuz it kept dripping and it got in my hair but i saw a huge improvement thank you so much i tried ice but it didn't work and the toothpast made my face all dry

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      Margaret 5 years ago

      I just rinsed it off my face a few minutes ago, and it feels great! Making the paste was amazingly simple and easy--I had everything right in my pantry. I'm keeping it in a small, covered bowl in my bathroom cabinet and plan on using it daily or every-other-day, depending on how it's working. I'll post back in a week or so with results!

      (Also, it makes your skin smell GREAT.)

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      AK Rajput 5 years ago

      seems really thick.

      i should apply this only on effected area. Right?

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      sweta 5 years ago

      it burns lyk hell...... should i stop using it?

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      AK Rajput 5 years ago

      I'm gonna give it a try.

      Hope to get best results:)

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      kirstendoeseverythinglikeaboss 5 years ago

      does it work if you are 13?? c:

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      xxx 5 years ago

      thanks!! i shal try tis:)

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      Britany 5 years ago

      I think that the people who had break outs in the beginning this is normal. just like if your were to use a new face wash and you break out bad at first because that shows that it is working, its pulling all the piples that were under the skin up to clear out your poors, from my experence with using different face washes that was normal.

      This honey mask works wonder for me though, i don't normally break out ill maybe have one to two pimple on me at one time, i started using the mask about two weeks ago and my face just looks flawless, its so soft and smooth and i use it every other day before i go to bed. only for about 15 to 20 min because i don't like sleeping in it over night. also if you just have one problem pimple i find honey to work for that as well just put honey on your pimple and place a bandaid over it over night and in the morning its not even noticable or anything if you can still feel its there keep doing it till its gone.

      on the other hand my boyfriend has always had really bad acne and he has very bad scaring. his pimple from high school left bad scars and i started using this on him, he also got dry skin every once in a while and after just one week you can really tell the difference and the change it has made. i would strongly recomind this for anyone having problem.(:

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      greg 5 years ago

      Natural honey is surely better. For people who are allergic, there are other natural treatments out there

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      irena 5 years ago

      maybe the people that had breakouts are allergic or they didn't use 100% organic raw honey. honey that isn't organic usually has corn syrup in it and preservatives, which obviously aren't good for your skin. try it with raw honey and see how it goes.

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      lucy 5 years ago

      i tried it yesterday it really worked

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      mariata 5 years ago

      i tried it a while ago and it worked magic

      http://ofacne.blogspot.com/

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      Zee 5 years ago

      Am using nly honey i pray it works

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      Taylor 5 years ago

      I tried it last night and it worked perfect ! I had a lot on my chin and some on my cheeks but anyways , this really works. I left it on overnight and it made my face clear. You should try it unless it causes you to itch or have a rash.

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      someone 5 years ago

      My mom said that cinnamon is known to cause rashes. I just put it on so I will see if it works but if you tend to have rashes a lot or are prone to rashes don't try this for your skins sake. Otherwise I would try it. :)

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      divya 5 years ago

      The negative comments aren't enough to put me off i have to go to school tomorrow and if something bad happened then what should i do ?? i will try it in my holidays but i am trying turmeric + sandalwood powder + curd this to helps try it

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      Devaria 5 years ago

      I'm doing it right now!! My skin looks soo browner than it is.lol. Cuz of the cinnamon. Doesn't burn or itch. Can't wait to take it off!!

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      Laura 5 years ago

      I've taken a look at the comments, done my research and watched countless videos. The negative comments aren't enough to put me off, I just hope I don't make a massive mistake by applying it, and look red all over! Fingers crossed it works wonders for my skin!

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      Mimi 5 years ago

      Also heard it on the radio by a DJ,will try it

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      Kaz T 5 years ago

      The use of honey as a wound dressing goes back to ancient times and has now been ‘rediscovered’ by modern medicine, according to Dr. Peter Molan of the University of Waikato, New Zealand. “It is a common observation in the many reports in medical journals that numerous benefits result from using honey to dress wounds,” says Dr. Molan. The antibacterial properties of honey may help clear infection in wounds, and the anti-inflammatory action of honey may reduce pain and may improve circulation which hastens the healing process. According to Dr. Molan, “Honey stimulates the re-growth of tissue involved in healing, making healing faster and reducing scarring.”

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      Milan 5 years ago

      I have this thing on my face right now :D so it's my first day :) I'll try to inform you guuys in like a week if there is any improvements on my face and all :D I really hope it heelps! PS. Put some towel cause this drips a few minutes after you apply it :)

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      Bristol 5 years ago

      Ottis on my face right now!!

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      cait 5 years ago

      I have made up a mixture and started it tonight. after washing made my face feel soft. will see how it goes

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      ann 5 years ago

      will definitely try this tonight

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      Chris 5 years ago

      Is it normal to feel a tingly sensation in your face from the cinnamon? It feels invigorating as opposed to burning. Also, I don't see any burns on my skin or other bad side effects. Just want to know if anyone has experienced the "tingly" sensation as well.

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      DiDi 5 years ago

      Definitely gonna give this a try!!!

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      nanabanana 5 years ago

      in process of this method right now, everytime after I applied it and rinse off could feel the difference from using different types of products. I guess this should help in no time. :) cheers and thanks for sharing. :D

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      hihi 5 years ago

      can you use other acne products while doing this?

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      Hajar 5 years ago

      thnx dear 4 the advice .. I wanna ask u .. now since 2 years u r using this .. did all the scars disappear ? and is there new pimples come with the treatment ?

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      lana101 5 years ago

      im gana try it bt i use a lil bit of water and lemon juice and it help a lot wth some pores and lso a lot of pimples it reduces swelling an makes it smaller

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      lindsay1090 5 years ago

      ADVICE: For those who are not allergic to honey or cinnamon (me) and are wondering why the concoction is burning: your face is not dry enough...I noticed after licking my lips (and some of the honey+cinnamon) it started burning. It also burned like hell when I tried to take my time in washing it off...the rest of my face was dry but i still noticed a very slight burning or tingling sensation...I have somewhat sensitive skin and it didn't really bother me much. This is my first night using it and my boyfriend says i smell like christmas haha... i like it a lot and hope to see some good results soon =]

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      Nero one 5 years ago

      tnx 4 D advice...now my face is clear... and rough free.. :) i really love cinnamon & honey

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      Simone T. Owens 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow, I have never thought to try honey and cinnamon. I typically mix honey, sugar, and lime juice for a mask because it is supposed to make skin more vibrant and luminous, but I will definitely try the cinnamon and honey regimen.

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      Girl 5 years ago

      I read that you should only apply this to spots not to whole face. If you apply this to whole face it will make your face very dry! The purpose of this mask is to dry the spots so when used to the whole face, not good! Well of course if you're ready to moisturize your face many many times, you can do what ever you want :)

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      komal 5 years ago

      i started it just yesterday on the advice of my grnadmother who of course has spotless skin..she suggested me to do this for the pimples scars as i don't have anymore acne problems thanks to no cosmetics and besan flour to wash my face..left it overnight and the very next day i am seeing clear skin..have put it on right now as i am typing..i actually googled to see what nutmeg can do coz my mother confused me that it was nutmeg that my granny suggested..to my surprise i found out that nutmeg also clears your skin..am gonna mix that powder as well from now on..but this cinnamon+honey..defintely works!..:)

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      Justine 5 years ago

      I use this mask quite frequently, and it seriously works wonders on my acne. It's gone down so much in the past few months.

      Though I will recommend perhaps adding a teaspoon or more of yogurt to the mixture - yogurt is good for the skin but also honey and cinnamon together seems a bit too thick for me and doesn't apply as nicely as I like; adding a bit of yogurt makes it a bit easier to apply.

      But still a great mask :)

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      Natalie 5 years ago

      They use honey in wound care clinics now! The natural honeys help with healing, which is probably why it works so well with acne! Im trying this tonight!!!

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      monique 5 years ago

      ok so i have this stuff on my face but what i don't understand is how putting this on my face is going to help anything....it smells good though:}

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      goldiemaz 6 years ago

      Ratasha,

      I don't do anything special with my diets. Just normal, healthy diet.

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      Travis 6 years ago

      Yeah my face seems to feel nice ive just finish using it ill keep updating

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      bookersgirl1 6 years ago

      trying it for the 1st time tonight maybe it will help i have it bad and it makes me have very low self esteem so i am prying this helps!

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      hollyz 6 years ago

      I tried it about ten minutes ago and my face feels different I'm gonna keep trying it. I did use more cinnamon then was suggested.