Treatment of Acne: Cinnamon and honey for acne
Honey and cinnamon: ancient remedies for the skin
For centuries, honey has been used as a medicinal remedy for the treatment of dandruff , psoriasis (psoriasis), burns and pelvic infections . Because of these obvious positive effects on skin health , honey is now found in many skin care products . The question here is, however, mostly whether the added small amounts are sufficient for an effect at all. The question of the cinnamon-honey mask is superfluous, since it consists almost exclusively of honey.
Honey and cinnamon in acne
The main reason for the use of honey and cinnamon in acne is, of course, the antibacterial effect of the two components. For with acne, certain bacteria are always present, namely the Propionibacterium acnes. Although it is not the cause of acne, it settles in the course of the disease and intensifies the existing inflammation processes even further. In addition, the bacteria accelerate the formation of sebum and in this way promote further clogging of the skin pores, which of course exacerbates acne.
How honey eliminates bacteria
Honey even has several properties that make it possible to eliminate bacteria:
- The high sugar concentration of the honey prevents the uncontrolled propagation of the bacteria.
- Honey creates a sour environment on the skin , where it is difficult to thrive bacteria.
- Honey contains propolis (also known as beeskin), which is known for its good antimicrobial effect. Propolis is the substance with which the bees in the hive close small crevices and openings. Propolis acts not only against penetrating bacteria but also against fungi and viruses and thus protects the beespeople from diseases of all kinds.
How cinnamon helps the skin
Cinnamon also has an antimicrobial effect. According to an Indian study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science Invention in 2013 , Zimt can kill or at least suppress Escherichia coli , staphylococci as well as Candida albicans . Cinnamon has astringent properties. In this way, the skin pores are contracted, resulting in smoother and softer skin.
Honey and cinnamon from a scientific point of view
The interaction of honey and cinnamon in the form of a face mask has not yet been investigated, at least not according to recognized scientific methods. Studies on the effect of the individual substances are, however, sufficient, but with different results and successes:
In April 2011, the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine published a paper showing that honey contains enzymes that form hydrogen peroxide, which in turn can be responsible for the antibacterial effect of the honey. However, not all honey varieties have this property. Manuka honey, for example, possesses the corresponding enzymes. However, Manuka honey naturally has an antibacterial effect on other mechanisms of action.
In a study published in February 2016 (published in the journal BMJ Open ), researchers showed that the use of a 90% kanukahonig (kanuka is a Leptospermum type related to Manuka) with 10% glycerol – after washing with an antibacterial soap – only at 4 of 53 patients resulted in a better result in terms of their acne than washing with the soap alone.
In April 2016, the Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection found that some honey species from Iran had the same antibacterial effect as some antibiotics (sulphonamides). However, the other investigated honey varieties also showed very good effects, whether from Italy, Malaysia, Scotland or New Zealand.
In May 2013 a review was published on the topic of cinnamon, for which the researchers had examined and analyzed 70 different studies. They wrote that cinnamon has very good healing properties as well as an anti-aging effect on the skin .
It is therefore always worth trying to discuss the possible application of a honey-cinnamon mask as an accompanying measure in acne with the respective dermatologist. The mask is produced as follows:
The honey cinnamon mask
In any case, choose a natural organic honey that has been thrown cold, not heated. Do not use treated honey from the supermarket. Its enzymatic effect is zero due to the heat treatment.
The application times and application types of the honey-cinnamon mask are very different, so that each patient can choose the method that suits them for themselves:
- Choose a honey that has been shown to be medically effective, For example, a high-quality Manuka honey.
- Take 2 tbsp. Of honey and mix it with 1 tbs. Of cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon) until a paste-like consistency has developed.
- First, put a small blot on your back of your hand and wait 10 minutes to see if there is an allergic reaction , Eg redness, swelling, itching – because both components (honey and cinnamon) are considered as allergens for some people . If this is not the case, you can use the mask as follows:
- Apply the honey-cinnamon mask after facial cleansing with previously disinfected fingers or with a cotton pad onto your skin – either only directly on the individual pimples or flat on the entire face.
- You can leave the mask on the first application for 10 minutes and extend the exposure time in later applications. Some patients leave the honey-cinnamon mask on the skin overnight. The most common exposure time is 30 minutes.
- The skin is then washed off quickly with warm water . Avoid excessive use of warm water as it can dry out the skin. So refresh your skin after washing with a cold water mold.
- The honey cinnamon mask can be applied once or twice a week.
Other naturopathic measures for acne
The treatment of acne involves, among other things, keeping the skin clean. At the same time, it must be allowed to dry out. It must therefore be supplied with sufficient moisture without blocking the pores. In addition to the honey-cinnamon mask, the following measures could be used for acne:
- Tea tree oil : Use a 5% tea tree solution and apply it selectively to the pimples.
- Green tea extract : Apply a two-percent green tea extract lotion. This could be particularly helpful in mild to moderate acne. You can make a green tea extract lot yourself. Green tea extract and a lotion base, Eg with spinning wheel including recipe.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids : These are natural fruit acids that can help clear up blocked pores and accelerate skin regeneration. Alpha hydroxy acids are naturally found, for example, in a papaya fruit extract , which is available for manufacturers of cosmetic products (also, for example, spinning wheels).
- Pure olive oil soap: For acne, you can test a pure olive oil soap for daily facial cleansing, For example the Aleppo soap, a pure olive oil soap without any additives. It also has a very beneficial effect on psoriasis and eczema. The soap has an extraordinary effect and leaves a pleasant feeling without any dehydration.