DIY Anti-Acne Mask

As a runner, skin care needs special attention and could be a daunting task during warmer weather condition. That means increased blemishes or acne from sweats, sun-block lotion, UV light (that’s me!), etc., that clog up pores as well as reducing nourishment on facial skin.

Thankfully, an easy facial mask, which I have been using for about a year, is as simple as 123, helps keep the skin looking lovely and silky soft all summer (make that year) long. Even better, its affordability and ingredients are probably already somewhere in your kitchen cabinets.

Anti-Acne Mask

As you might already know, honey is the queen of skin care ingredients. It locks moisture inside skin. Its antioxidant properties protect skin against damage from the sun and environments we come in contact with. It fights infection without irritating your skin.

Whereas, cinnamon reduces inflammation, redness, and works to kill acne by drying out the affected area. And lemon exfoliate the affected area while reducing the color of dark spot and scarring.

What you need: 2 tbsp pure honey, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 wedge of fresh lemon juice

Combine honey, cinnamon, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Warm (microwave or hot water bath) the honey a little, if needed, to help with stirring. Mix until you get a smooth and uniform paste.

Anti-Acne Mask
Anti-Acne Mask
Anti-Acne Mask

Gently massage the paste with your index and middle fingertips on clean face, avoiding the eye area. Make sure to remove any makeup, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc on face before applying.

Leave the mask on for about 15 – 20 minutes. Careful, the mask might drip. Lick it off if it does. It tastes just like lemon honey tea. Then rinse off. Skin immediately feels smooth and radiate after the rinse off.

Anti-Acne Mask

With any leftover, pour into a small container and use it up within a week.

This facial mask is perfect for dealing with acne flare-ups. Use it twice or 3 times a week will be sufficient.

Anti-Acne Mask

Lastly, one lifestyle practice can naturally and proactively hydrate the skin – drink lots of water throughout the day. This goes to everyone.

Have a beautiful day!
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104 Responses to DIY Anti-Acne Mask

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  2. Allyssa says:

    This helped me so much! I had just got a really bad sunburn on my nose and when I get too much sun I also start to breakout. My nose started peeling, making my skintone uneven. I have been stressing out about this and my acne because I have a modeling audition in two days. I used this mask and I guess the cinnamon exfoliated my face and now everything is even and my acne is starting to settle down! Thank you so much!

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  7. laurajanefitness says:

    Reblogged this on laurajanefitness and commented:
    Suffering with spots recently. I’m 24, not 14! Going to try this out tonight, just mixed it up and about to heat it! Will let you know my views :)

  8. Moon says:


    I have acne-prone, dry, sensitive skin (lucky combo, huh?) This is one of my favorite masks, but I was wondering, should I put a moisturizer on after I rinse it off or will the hydration of the honey be sufficient? Also should I store in the fridge or leave it out?



  9. Christina says:

    I tried this a few minutes ago and almost immediately after I put it on my face started burning like crazy and I noticed that it was getting a bit red. I kept it on, though, because I wasn’t sure if that was supposed to happen or not. After a minute or two it stopped burning and I was perfectly fine the rest of the time I had it on an after. My face wasn’t completely red like it had been in the beginning but my spots were still a bit inflamed. I put some aloe vera on my face- something I heard from a friend- and I hope that helps…

    • Irene says:

      Glad the burning sensation went away. Hope great result will show through after several uses. Afterall, aloe vera feels great and helps hydrate the face and it also reduces the appearance of scarsz

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  18. Madison says:

    Since I do have sensitive skin, do you recommend using a lower portion of cinimon to prevent the burning sensations others are talking about?

  19. clara says:

    I just copied this down to try it later on. However, I have no worries because it’s such a simple and natural mask–what harm can it possibly do?! I like how you gave background information on each individual ingredient. Out of all the natural things to use…honey, lemon, and cinnamon seem to be a perfect combination. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Irene says:

      Hope it does great on your skin. Some readers has redness reaction to the mask ingredients. Try a little dab on your hand and wait for a couple minutes to see if redness happens before putting it on your face. I should write this warning on the post :)

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  24. Min Min says:

    hy Irene, I have used honey masker but my face got little itchy.should I stop to use it ?

    • Irene says:

      How long did you have it on? Maybe you could give it a try again after a few days. If it happens again then maybe stop using it. But for some it goes away after a few minutes of putting it on.

  25. katie says:

    Thank you so much I have to perform tomorrow and I tried it and it worked so well I’m loving it but there is a con it burns my face because of the cinnamon but my face is now clear and soft👍❤

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  28. Irene these Cinnamon Face Mask photos are fantastic. The perfect blend of artistry and practical advice. I can see a lot care went into making it. Wetting your face before applying the Cinnamon Face Mask is also a very useful trick we found out. For those who don’t like the burning sensation of cinnamon try this recipe with orange for a slightly less burning sensation.

    We would also love to send you some complimentary Ceylon Cinnamon Tea and few other Ceylon Cinnamon items which is also great for skin. Drinking cinnamon Tea is also great for skin. Perhaps you can even do a giveaway with our products?. Just e-mail us your details and we will have some goodies shipped to you just for making this lovely post.

  29. Christina says:

    I do this 3 times a week. I also take one zinc tablet and a good multivitamin everyday and drink lots of water stay away from soda. I also completely stopped using face wash with chemicals I remove my make up with warm water and olive oil & sea salt everyday and use this mask 3 times a week. After I remove my makeup and apply and remove mask I use a very tiny bit of clinique overnight turnaround cream before I go to sleep this word to restore your skin while you sleep when I wake up in the morning my face is soft bright and clear. Even my acne scars are pretty much non existent it’s hard work but I promise your skin will be great.

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  32. Savita says:

    Hi thanks for the blog.
    I have lot of acne scars. I rarely get acne but if it comes it definitely leaves a scar which doesn’t fade for a longer time. Can this help me clear my scars faster? I am ready to apply it everyday if u suggest me so. Please help me. there is a big party ahead in a month.

    • Irene says:

      Hi Savita! Sorry for the late reply as I was at a remote area with no wifi access for a while. Hope this message is still useful when you see it. I don’t think it will clear the scar as fast as you like. Clearing scar or dark spots will need lots of vitamin C. You might want to search other home remedies to get rid of them. Hope this help.

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  34. genny says:

    i’m tRying it right now,can i leave it for overnight?

    • Irene says:

      Hi Genny! I highly would not recommend it. It might burn your skin if leave on for too long. And a short while will do its job. It is not intended to use as an overnight face mask. Hope this helps.

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