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Can Cinnamon Help Clear Your Acne?


Lots of people apply cinnamon to their face topically as a part of a "burning" mask (usually mixed with lemon and honey), with the belief that it will clear their acne and their scars - and I was one of them once upon a time. Over time, though, I have learned that there are things you just shouldn't put on your face - lemon and cinnamon are two of those things (and honey actually appears to be useless for skin conditions like psoriasis, acne and eczema, after all (1)(2)(3)(4)).

Regardless, cinnamon may have very real applications in treating acne - when you consume it!

Cinnamon is a yummy addition to many meals: oatmeals, breads, cookies, apple pies, sweet vegan butters, and it is even used in the preparation of chocolate, especially in Mexico. My favourite way to eat cinnamon is in my morning oatmeal, sprinkled on top of some cubed Granny Smith apples. It's a warm and hearty way to start your day! But seriously, it's great in anything. Tell me on cinnamon-flavoured thing that you're not in love with, I dare ya.

But keep in mind that the type of cinnamon you use matters immensely. Opt for "true cinnamon" (a.k.a. Ceylon cinnamon; Cinnamomum zeylanicum). Find out more about this in my previous blog post here.

How Can Cinnamon help my acne?

1. Cinnamon has shown potential anti-microbial actions against a wide variety of bacteria (1)(2). For those of us prone to bacterial-induced acne, t