Honey and cinnamon for pimples

by Donelda
(United States)



Honey and cinnamon for pimples (and acne)

When I started getting pimples, my mom would mix a little honey and cinnamon together and put it on the pimples. It worked because the next day you could notice it was getting smaller and less noticeable.

Hi Donelda,

I am not surprised you've had success with this mix of ingredients; both honey and cinnamon are wonderful antiseptics. Cinnamon is used for preparation of problem skin type facial mask and honey is not only an antiseptic but also a great anti-inflammatory agent that prevents and heals the infections. It is often used as main ingredient in masks that focus on sensitive, redness and acne prone skin.

A few tips that came out of the questions in the comments:

- Do not leave it on overnight. Apply it, leave it on 10, 15 or 20 minutes and then rinse if off with lukewarm water.

- Don't use syrup instead of honey. Use regular (organic is even better) honey.

- Use regular cinnamon powder.

- Be cautious if you have sensitive skin. Apply it on one spot and see the skin's reaction. If there is no irritation, proceed.

- You can make a larger batch and keep it in a tight lid container. Store it in the refrigerator but not longer than a couple of weeks.

- There are no specific amounts for this recipe, at least Donelda didn't leave any. Add cinnamon to honey gradually until the mix is a consistency of a paste and you can easily apply it on the skin.

Thanks for the recipe,

Biljana, admin.

For more ideas and recipes, visit the facial mask recipes section of the site.

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Mar 11, 2012
i feel like a toffee apple :')
by: Anonymous

I have just applied the mask, day 1. the plus side is i taste and smell lovely, im trying not to drip over my work whilst the mask is on, it isn't going too well. It has been on for five minutes now and my skin already feels really light and fresh. ten minutes now and im dripping more frequently, think i may need to open a window to make it a bit colder in here. Okay im off to the bathroom to wash the mask off, i feel so organic :) Mask is off and my skin feels really light and soft and my pimples dont look as awful! truly brilliant, going to be using this mask a lot more.

Mar 04, 2012
i can see the effect!
by: Shahd

i just tried it today and i can see the effect, the pimple kinda got smaller and the redness difinitly decreased! i believe with time it will disappear! fingers crossed!

Mar 02, 2012
by: helpwanted

I really do love this remedy, but is it only for on the spot treatment or can it also be used as a mask? Ive also heard that toothapaste gives the same resuts as this and i tried it, and although it got rid of blemishes,it burned and itched, left black heads, and it looked like it killed my face. Will this have the same result?

Mar 01, 2012
by: Anonymous

Hello, I'm wondering if I put this on (then wash it off of course) then go to bed with my acne product from a dermatologist will this have bad side affects? Should I not use it for the night?

I would say ask your dermatologist since you already have one to make sure there are no issues.

Mar 01, 2012
black marks
by: Anonymous

I have black marks on both the sides of cheek and i felt it is some sort of deficiency can i try this method? Will u plz tell me the ratio of honey and cinnamon powder?

Feb 22, 2012
by: Kristina

Can I exfoliate with a scrub after using this?

Actually, I would recommend you exfoliate before this to open up the pores and get the skin ready for it.

Feb 20, 2012
this treatment is from Ayurweda....
by: omnivera

hey I'm Indian guy of 19 year old, in India it's our traditional remedy to cure acne of all types and it really works but we don't use powdered cinnamon; instead we use bark oil and honey....

Jan 04, 2012
by: Anonymous

You said to leave it on for about 15-20 minutes rather than leaving it on for the entire night, why? I thought that it was more effective if it was left on during the night.

Keep in mind that this is not a mask that has a thick consistency so it is likely it will drip and mess up your sheets overnight :) Leaving it on for 20 minutes is enough for it to do what it needs to do. There is no "must" here, I suppose; you can apply it however you wish and as long as you wish.

Dec 27, 2011
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm wondering what happens if my face gets itchy only the first day.

Remove the mask and wash the face with lukewarm water. Give your face some rest, don't use the mask for a few days and then try it again. However, before applying the mask again, test it by applying some on your inner arm and see if you have any irritation. If irritation/itchiness occur, I would recommend you don't use the mask. If there is no reaction, try the mask again.

Dec 27, 2011
Use of cotton to keep the mixture stuck
by: Nupur Dubey

i have been putting the mixture daily for two weeks... since the mixture try to flow down the face i use cotton over it so that it sticks to it and the mixture does not flow down. so is it ok to use it this way? if not, then please tell me how to keep the mixture stick to the face because every now and then it starts dropping from face. kindly suggest something.

Nov 15, 2011
by: Anonymous

sounds interesting.....

Oct 30, 2011
This is best!!
by: ShinningStar

I use this recipe for getting rid of the cough for me and my family. 1 tea spoon cinnamon powder and 2 teaspoons of honey. First I warm the honey in a glass bowl for 15 sec and then add cinnamon powder and eat it. Helps subside cough in 3 days. I use 2 to 3 times per day until cough is gone. Use your own judgment and try it out.

Now i am trying the same composition on my face to see if it helps the scars and pimple spots.

Sep 19, 2011
Powdered Cinnamon ?
by: Anonymous

I couldn't find cinnamon powder so I got fresh cinnamon sticks and heated them a bit and made it powder. I saw this method in a website on how to make cinnamon powder .

I just want to know if I am doing the right thing in heating it a bit in a pan ? Would this destroy any healing properties in cinnamon ?

If not heating, how should I powder it at home ?

Sep 16, 2011
I used this !
by: Anonymous

I started using this remedy 3 days ago. First time when I used it, it itched a lot. But I don't feel anything like that now. I know its only been 3 days, but after the first application, my skin got very soft ( which is sooo great ). And my pimples dried out. Like.. there became more sharp like something inside was bought upon the surface.. you know..
When I dry out my face with the towel, they become like I have picked them up. So I am so scared that these are going to leave scars !!! That's the only bad thing I experienced for now.

Please tell me , does this mixture also help to get rid of scars as well ? Or should I use something else for these ?


Jul 27, 2011
All around.
by: Annmarie.

I do not have LARGE acne all over my face, however I do have scattered acne and scars all over my face that vary in size. If I apply this mixture all over my face, would that be okay?

Hi Annmarie,

Yes, that should be fine.

Jun 18, 2011
Remove Red Scars?
by: Anonymous

Does it help remove red scars on your face? Or like, reducing the redness?

For that, try these pages with treatment for scars and pimple redness remedies.
Biljana, admin

Jun 11, 2011
what could b substitute fo cinnamon powder?
by: Anonymous


im not sure if i can find cinnamon powder here in korea..but what else could substitute cinnamon powder? i really wanna get rid of my pimples too..:( help...

Jun 03, 2011
it really works
by: Zoie

i tried it and it really worked Thx!!!!

May 16, 2011
by: Ami

But Donelda said not to leave it overnight. . now i am confused.

May 10, 2011
I can't believe this
by: Morano

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples completely.

Apr 18, 2011
Good news :)
by: Anonymous

I'm not sure if it works just yet cuz i just finished and washed it off but i've also found if you add more honey when your done and grab an apple it makes for a good snack :D

Apr 14, 2011
Middle of the day cleaning
by: Anonymous

I will have to try that. I have very oily skin and with 2 kids, I have hardly any time to take care of my skin. My skin breaks out when it's too oily, too dry, and when I get stressed. Needless to say, my skin breaks out a lot. What I do to clean my face in the middle of the day when I have no time is I use baby wipes. It is fresh, kills germs, and if you get the non-alcohol kid it leaves your skin soft and doesn't dry it out. It also helps when you have sensitive skin because it isn't over powering if you get the non-scented.

Apr 12, 2011
by: Anonymous

I added sugar and water to this reciple and my acne has cleared

Apr 09, 2011
by: Anonymous

Do you have to add water?? Do you have to boil it???

No, no water is needed for this recipe.

Apr 07, 2011
cinnamon powder
by: khush

can i just crush cinnamon sticks to make the powder?
or ready made powder is more effective?

If you want to, grinding cinnamon sticks will add freshness to it but you don't have to, ready made is good too.

Apr 04, 2011
by: Anonymous

does anybody know how to cure back acne?


See previously posted remedies for back acne.

Mar 28, 2011
by: Anonymous

Toothpaste works as well if u put ice does that work or does the honey and cinnamon work better?

Jan 06, 2011
too much pimples!
by: yasmin

my face is full of spots / pimples cant i just put the honey and cinnamon all over my face?

Jan 01, 2011
How much cinnamon?
by: Anonymous

How much Cinnamon do we use???

Dec 02, 2010
liquid honey
by: Anonymous

liquid honey is not effective?? m using liquid honey??

Nov 19, 2010
by: Anonymous

how long should we use to get rid of pimples permanently?

All I can tell you is that I assume, to see results, you have to apply it consistently.

Nov 17, 2010
It works
by: Anonymous

i tried it and i saw a remarkable change on my skin.My pimples became smaller.
Can someone tell me how you can sleep with the mask on without messing up your pillow and with all the stickiness.

You are not supposed to leave it overnight. Apply it, keep it on for 10-15min and wash it off.

Aug 09, 2010
use it!
by: Anonymous

Wow, I discovered this site with my best friend cause we wanted to do our own spa and were surfing the net for good recipes that dont require a lot of weird ingredients. It was so fun!!!!! We made a homemade foaming vanilla bubble bath, left mayonaise in our hair for an hour (deep conditioning, and softens), did an egg white mask for acne and then a honey banana mask to brighten our skin, and we did a sugar and olive oil scrub. we did it more for fun but EVERYTHING ACTUALLY WORKED... our hair and skin were soft, clear, and glowy! NOw im so addicted to this site, theres like a gazillion recipes! me and my sister did this one last night its great!

Jun 16, 2010
hmm...does it matter if...
by: Anonymous

does it matter if i use a combination of powdered cinnamon and powdered sugar instead of just cinnamon? i can't find pure cinnamon. :(

Use powdered cinnamon but not sugar.

Jun 07, 2010
shelf life
by: trixiegirl

if this recipe is kept in an air tight container do you know how long it is good for? i would like to try it but i am one of the lucky ones that have not had as many as i have gotten older. but when i do get them they are big. just wanted to check to see the shelf life on this.
thanks sooo much :)

Hi trixiegirl,

No need to make a large batch. Just mix up some honey and cinnamon, enough for one application. It is probably more beneficial if used fresh then stored.

Biljana, admin

Apr 29, 2010
by: Anonymous

becareful with this product if u have sensitive skin, as i used this and mine got bigger and more painful and i have sensitive skin. Good Luck x

Apr 26, 2010
skin trouble
by: spotty x :(

hey, i have quite sensitive skin so if i use this is there a chance it will become worse? thanks.

Apr 25, 2010
by: Anonymous

Hello, this looks like something that will work for me, but i use foundation mostly everyday to cover-up blemishes. Would this still work if i apply it and then put on make-up?

Apply it, rinse it off and then apply foundation. Don't leave it on the whole day.

Apr 15, 2010
Can I store the mixture?
by: Ishani

Can I make it in large amounts and store it in a air tight container? Will there be an expiry date for this mixture?

I don't see why not. Just store it in the refrigerator. Don't use it after a couple of weeks, just to be sure it is fresh when applied.

Mar 05, 2010
what do i have to lose?
by: Anonymous

sounds interesting but i think i will give it a try!

Jan 30, 2010
How much?
by: Anonymous

hi! i really need something that works! this seems really good but how much do you use?

Enough to cover the area affected by the pimple.

Jan 29, 2010
by: Dee

how much honey to cinnamon would it be equal parts thanks

I would gradually add cinnamon to honey so it thickens it up a bit but it is still of a paste-like consistency.


Jan 22, 2010
night owl
by: Lela

if i leave it on at night will it get rid of my pimples faster?

Don't leave it on all night. Leave it on 10-15mins and then rinse if off.

Jan 21, 2010
by: i hope i dont get sopts


Jan 12, 2010
by: Anonymous


Jan 11, 2010
by: Anonymous

Can you help, do you leave it on? If so how long for? Thank you, cant wait to try it x

I would leave it on for 15, 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

Nov 12, 2009
by: AMY

how many times a week should we use this? i did it last night and my skin feels nice.

thank you

Use it 3-4 times a week. There is no need to apply it every night; by leaving some time in between application, the skin will "rest" and do some of the healing by itself.

Nov 11, 2009
by: Anonymous

Should I use liquid honey or regular honey?


Try buying organic honey that comes in jar or even regular honey. Liquid ones might not hold the consistency of the recipe as well as the ones in jars, they seem a bit thicker.

Oct 15, 2009
by: Anonymous

I'm going to try it later. But question, do I leave it on or rinse it off???

Sep 04, 2009
by: Anonymous

I really wanted to try this. so, I started a couple days ago. My pimples have gotten bigger. :(
But I'm gonna keep trying for a little while longer. Cause not everything works right away right? hahha
whatever, I'll keep trying. :)

Sep 01, 2009
Are subtitutions acceptable?
by: Anonymous

if so Can i substitute the honey with syrup?

I wouldn't. Honey is more effective as a disinfectant and antibacterial agent.

Aug 25, 2009
Good Idea
by: Anonymous

Do you have to rinse it off or just leave it on?

Leave it on, 10, 15, 20min and then rinse if off with warm water.

Aug 18, 2009
by: melanie

yup! it works
u can see your pimple shrink!!!

Jul 10, 2009
by: Anonymous

hey so all you do is mix them and apply them on the whole face or only the pimples ???

Yes, only the pimples.

Jul 09, 2009
Lemon Juice
by: AlmostAcneFree!

I also tried just lemon juice on your whole face to help soothe the face or something like that, and I've noticed that my pimples have gotten smaller, but i will try honey & cinnamon ! From what I hear, I think it's great ;)

Jul 04, 2009
by: Anonymous

Sounds good. One question, what is honey good for?


You can read more on benefits of honey here

Biljana, admin

May 29, 2009
Sounds Great
by: JBandTWILIGHTaddict!

Hey i LOVE this idea... just one question: Can I use cinnamon like u know the cinnamon that comes from the bottles that's a fine powder? or do i have to use the cinnamon sticks and do something with those????????

Use the powder one

May 04, 2009
by: cami

Yes, my pimples are smaller am trying it for 2 weeks straight we will see

Apr 13, 2009
Good idea
by: Arshia

It's a good idea. Hope it works on me

Mar 20, 2009
by: Anonymous

Different remedies work on different skin types. I tried this tip on my pimple and the next day it grew bigger and pus on the top.

Aug 18, 2008
Honey and Cinnamon
by: Anonymous

It is also so very tasty ;)

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