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.
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
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.
Sexy, 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.
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!