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Saturday, December 22, 2012

DIY: Anti-Acne Honey Cinnamon Mask

  Hi all!  I hope everyone has had a great week and an even better weekend!  Can you believe that Christmas is just literally around the corner?!  I'm not really sure where December went this year, but it went fast!  So today's post is about a mask I decided to try via Youtube and the lovely Michelle Phan.  I have been under a lot of stress with work, overtime at work, school and financial things, that I have recently suffered from a really bad break out.  I have not had one like this on my face for a very long time, and it makes me so sad!  I could care less if I had a zit or a pimple, but the spots on my face are actually quite painful.

  I suffer from severe cystic acne, which I go through "breakouts" with.  I do not normally get these kinds of breakouts on my face, but I always consistently have them on my back.  They have in fact become colloidal scars, which will sometimes become an irritated and angry cyst underneath the skin.  I have been to the Dermatologist for these things, but I think my only option now to actually see results is Accutane.  However, I was taking a medicine called Solodyn (minocycline) which is supposed to help treat my acne and is also an antibiotic.  I stopped taking it about 2-3 months ago because I really just do not want to take any more medicine and pump my body full of random chemicals and medicines, so I am "toughing" this out so to speak.  However, after all the medication I was taking and different prescribed cleansers and treatments, my skin has definitely improved especially my face as well as my upper shoulder/back area.  Unfortunately, my scarring remains very visible and sometimes quite uncomfortable.  They can get easily irritated and very itchy and sometimes become nodule or cystic acne.  I apologize for this long and drawn out backdrop of my skin history, but I saw this mask demo'd on a video recently and decided to give it a go.

  I have been adamantly trying out and seeking more natural approaches to my particular skin issues and saw that this particular mask is for anti-acne purposes.  I also wanted to see if it could possibly reduce the size of my "under the skin" cysts that have stupidly appeared.

So, in the video it says to use 1 Tbsp of cinnamon and 3 Tbsp of honey.  I followed the suggested measurements and 30 secs in the microwave seemed a bit too hot, so I nuked it for about 20 secs.  (Still pretty hot, so let it cool a bit).  I gently applied a decent layer all over my face and began the 10 minute wait.

I used regular honey that we had in our kitchen and the only cinnamon we had was from Costco and it was the Saigon Cinnamon.  (I have no idea if there's a difference between Saigon and regular cinnamon - but I believe it is more potent or stronger taste?)  Anyway, let me tell you something... this stuff burns when you begin to wash it off.  It was an interesting burn though.  It was a touch uncomfortable, but it didn't hurt really bad.  It's hard to explain and I apologize for not being able to provide a better description.  I could feel every grain of cinnamon in the honey as I washed it off, it was almost a "sand papery" type of feeling.

This was the result right after I got all the burning craziness off my face.

Sad face, because my face hurts aside from it burning a bit.

It's a bit hard to tell in pictures, but if you look closely, you can see the cyst that is underneath my skin near the bottom of my lips on my chin.  It is super painful and it's starting to bug me a bit while I eat and chew. T___T  You can also see one on my forehead.  I tend to usually breakout in these same areas, the forehead and chin.  I sometimes also breakout near my nose area as well.  I'm not sure what to make of this mask so far besides that it definitely burns when you rinse it off.  I found that finishing with a final splash of icy cold water is a nice way to end the mask...  I will see in the morning if this mask helped lessen any irritation or reduced any swelling.  Wish me luck!  Sorry, this was a bit of a random post and was not planned at all, but I wanted to share my experience.  If you have tried this mask let me know, did it work out for you?  What are your thoughts on it?  Until next time!


  1. you have really good skin!

    1. Thank you!! ^__^;;; I have pretty good skin most of the time, but when I break out like this, it just hurts and that sucks :( lol Thanks for reading! <3

  2. great post sweetie *-* thank you for this dye! your blog is very good and interesting *-* im glad if you visit my blog, too <3 keep in touch!


  3. hi dear, dont heat up the mix. Just use it without heat it. It works on my sensitive skin :)

    1. Oh, I didn't think of that. I'll have to give it another try without heating it up. The only reason I heated it up was the instructions suggested so. Thanks for the tip and thank you for reading! ^__^b

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