Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Honey Face Mask


Cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and lemon–a delicious-smelling combination, right? When their powers combine, they can also clear your face of some particularly stubborn acne scars.

It's kind of like this...but with spices!
It’s kind of like this…but with spices!

I’ve been fighting a battle with my skin since I was about 12 years old, and in the 10+ years since I started having acne issues, I’ve tried just about every kind of skin care solution you could think of (short of Acutane). Prescription creams, gels, and pills, ProActive knock offs, Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Cetaphil–I’ve tried it all, and none of it really seemed to work for me.

So in the last year, I’ve moved towards some more natural methods of skin care. I’m always up for trying something new, so when I found the pinterest recipe for this “Acne Scar Fading Mask” and saw that I had all of the ingredients in my pantry, I figured I’d give it a shot.

Cinnamon, Honey, Nutmeg, and Lemon Acne Fading Mask

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp honey

A few drops of lemon juice (I think I used 8 drops)

Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes

Now for a quick Public Safety Announcement–BE CAREFUL WITH THE LEMON JUICE. I’ve seen versions of this recipe calling for as much as 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. DO NOT put that much lemon juice on your face unless you want your skin to feel like fire

There’s a reason this mask has been called “the Burning Mask” on some sites. If you’d prefer not to melt your face off…


…then go easy on the lemon juice. Just a few drops should do. Your skin may tingle and your face may be pink when you wash it off, but it shouldn’t hurt or burn.

(I’d suggest testing a few drops of lemon juice on your skin if you haven’t tried this mask before. Also, I used pre-packaged lemon juice, which is probably more diluted than juice straight out of a lemon. If you’re using real lemon juice, maybe only go with 5 or 6 drops.)

Now that we’ve discussed lemon juice safety precautions, mix your ingredients up into a paste and slather it on your skin. I can’t actually believe I’m putting this picture on the interwebz, but here’s how the mask looks when it’s on.

cinnamon-maskSexy, right? You can see that my cheeks are a bit pink beneath the mask–that’s normal. And be gentle when you wash it off. If you rub too hard the grains will exfoliate your skin, which will already be a bit raw from the lemon juice.

I wish I had taken some After pictures from when I washed this mask off, but I got distracted. My skin felt fairly dry afterwards and if I try this mask again, I may even add a little extra honey to counteract that.

I really do think this mask faded my ance scars significantly, and it noticeably took the swelling and irritation down on a few of the zits I was currently dealing with.

Final thoughts

Did this mask fade my acne scars?  Surprisingly, yes!

Did this mask smell amazing? Absolutely

Will I try this mask again? Yeah, I will. It’s simple to mix up (although it creates a bit of a mess) and I think it was really effective.

Have you guys ever tried a face mask like this? Was it effective? Do you have a different recipe that works great for you? Comment and let me know!

22 thoughts on “Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Honey Face Mask

  1. Interesting! Are the scars gone for good, or is it a temporary method? :D I might try it some time, my skin is not bad, but I do have a few scars and a few blackheads on the nose. I thought that with time they’d go away, but they seem to like me haha

    1. It’s definitely a temporary method to clear up the blemished left behind from breakouts, but it works really well. Ideally I’d like to do this mask once a week to get the most out of it. The drying effects of it might help with your blackheads. It’s really worth a try!

    1. If you have recurring acne issues (as I do), after the pimples are gone, your skin still has marks. This acne mask can help fade those marks, but if you keep having more acne, you’ll have to keep fading the marks left behind.

  2. The mask is good and I have tried different over the counter products from acetone to reduce the oil, flawless ponds range, avon products , contraceptive pills ,and I thought I should give this a try and its great I hava been using for a week now and already my chin area the marks are fading and its drying out the pimples and they just flake away. I am looking forward to seen more results . Its been a week already and I m happy with I m seen so far. its no lies I can bet my life to it

    1. It’s up to you, really. I find the mask works great but can be kind of drying. I try to do it about once a week, but if your skin is very oily, you could probably get away with twice a week. Ultimately, it’s your decision.

  3. I agree that it helps but i hate that after i stop using in my face just gets messed up again? I use it like every day because i have had acne for almost 5 years now but now the acne is almost gone but the scars arent :( i want them gone =(

    1. If you’re using this mask every day, you might be doing yourself more harm than good. The mask will dry out your skin and it could be causing your body to produce excess oil in order to compensate.

      Additionally, I’m not sure this mask can completely fix deep acne scarring. I think it’s best at fading light, topical scars. If your scars and marks aren’t fading, I would really suggest seeing a Dermatologist (since I’m DEFINITELY not qualified medically to give you skin care advice). A dermatologist can assess your acne scars and suggest healthy, safe ways for you to fade your scars.

  4. If you are having trouble with re-occurring acne, I strongly recommend going on a juicing detox. You may have to slowly work your way up to what I’m about to share with you by juicing more pleasant things like fruit…but eventually, you’ll want to work your way up to drinking mustard green and lemon juice. I too have struggled with acne issues since I was a teen. It bothered me into adulthood until 6 months ago. I’ve been juicing for a year now and I have not had acne since 6 months ago. I’m actually on this site to find a way to clear up the last of my old scars. How to juice: In the morning, I’d wake up drink 8 oz of water, juice 8 leaves of mustard greens and 3 to 4 lemons. (this should make 16 to 20 oz of juice). You’ll need at least 16 to 20 oz of juice a day for this to work. Then, wait an hour and eat breakfast as usual. Its really important to drink PLENTY of water throughout the day!! Juice the mustard green recipe for a week. Week two, follow the same recipe but use collard greens in place of the mustard greens. Week three, follow the original recipe but use Kale in place of the mustard greens. Week four, follow the original recipe but use cabbage instead of mustard greens. You should see results after a month. If you do see results, you may continue the regimen, beginning with the mustard greens recipe, but I like to take a break and juice celery, cucumber, and green apple. This recipe really improves the quality of the skin. Just note that all the ingredients used MUST be organic. Its not all that pleasant so drink your juice with a straw. Good Luck.

  5. Heh. I LOVE this mask. I’ve been using it for years. The cinnamon and nutmeg are good for existing acne and the lemon juice is good for hyperpigmentation from old acne scars. The honey is just moisturizing. Basically, it’s perfect. It smells like what I think heaven smells like and you can eat it! You know something’s pretty okay for your skin if you can eat it!

  6. I’ve done this mask twice since finding it here. The first time it worked AMAZINGLY! The second time it worked, but didn’t leave my skin looking as good. So, from my experience, if you want to super-charge this mask do this:
    1. Steam face with salt water for 5-10 minutes (I just filled a mixing bowl with boiling water and added a tablespoon of sea salt)
    2. Put mask on
    3. After 20 minutes rise off and take an ice cube and smooth over entire face (I used three ice cubes)

  7. Hello i have never used this method but would wish to try my face is always with pimples or rashes they come and go .so after i use this can i apply my normal oil i do apply on my face or i should leave the face without apply anything that is if i go for my daily work activities.

  8. You’re not using enough honey.. that’s why it burns your skin. Honey helps to protect your skin from the acidity of the lemon juice but it also has good skin conditioners in it, as well. I’ve been using a lemon + honey mask for months and it makes the spots where my acne are tingle but other than that it doesn’t make my skin pink and/or burn. You’re supposed to use real lemons and not lemon juice from a bottle… as it has added ingredients that you probably shouldn’t be putting on your face. You also still have to use a moisturizer after because it will dry out your skin. You should never leave something on your face that burns, it does more harm than good in the long run.

  9. omg i loved this i dont put all over my face because i was scared what id it doesnt work? what if i break out so i put on the spots that were broken out and they disappeared it was amazing i love this mask dont be scared try something new to me this was a challenge to over come!!! but it was soooooo worth it

  10. I have very dry skin but eager to try this mask out due to hormonal zit scars, should I just reduce the amount of lemon juice in the mask to prevent my skin from getting more dry?

    1. Hi there! The lemon juice can irritate sensitive skin, so I would suggest reducing the amount or leaving it out all together. You’ll still get the benefits of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey without any irritation. Good luck!

  11. I like diy facial mask and now using facial mask with oatmeal, egg and apple. The recipe is very easy and effective. Ingredients: Apple, Egg Yolk, Oatmeal. Blend these 3 ingredients well. Spread the mixture all over your face. Let the mixture stay for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse it off with pure water. That’s all. You can try this recipe.

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