How To Use Cinnamon To Heal Your Acne


Cinnamon is a great healing tool used both internally and externally. I recommend in the Balance Your Hormones section of this site to take cinnamon internally as a way to lower elevated levels of testosterone and to help to balance out blood sugar levels if you’re insulin resistant. Both of these are leading causes of acne in adult women and are often connected to each other.

Cinnamon used externally is also a great spot treatment. Let’s take a look at exactly how to use both.

How To Make A Cinnamon Tea

You can just take 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily but I find it way more satisfying to make a cinnamon tea. You can then drink this after each meal to help balance your blood sugar.

Making a tea is a little more complicated then simply stirring cinnamon powder into hot water. You actually need to seep the cinnamon bark for some time in order to get the nutrients into the water.

Makes About 1 Cup

  • Add 1.5 cups of water and a cinnamon stick about 5-10cm in length to a pot over the stove on low heat.
  • Allow the pot to slowly come to a low boil. Once the water starts bubbling turn off the heat and let the mix sit for about 15 minutes to seep.
  • Strain the water into a cup and you have your tea! You may want to gently heat again in case the water has cooled too much for your liking.

Alternatively you can stir 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder into a cup of hot water and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before drinking.

Immportant: It is better to use ceylon cinnamon because it contains only low doses of coumarin, an element found in cassia cinnamon. Coumarin can be harsh on the liver, and as we need to be healing to our liver during our acne treatment, it is a lot better to use ceylon cinnamon.

Cinnamon tea is best taken after each meal to help to balance your blood sugar levels. Alternatively you can take it after breakfast and then once again before bed.

How To Use Cinnamon Externally

Cinnamon is also a good addition to your skin care routine because it draws blood and nutrients to the surface of your skin. It’s also naturally anti-bacterial, so all of these things combined can then provide plenty of healing to a spot.

You can use cinnamon as a face mask or a spot treatment – whatever you feel to do. That’s the great thing about using ingredients that we can find in our kitchens, it’s easy to mix and match to whatever we feel like in the moment.

Some ideas are to mix cinnamon with honey, aloe vera gel, colloidal silver, or essential oils. You could also make a super deluxe hydrating mask by combining avocado with honey and cinnamon powder then leaving it on for as long as possible. That would be a real treat. I once left a mask on like this for about three hours (I was talking to a friend on Skype and watching a movie!!) and the next day my skin felt baby smooth.

Personally I feel that cinnamon used internally is much more effective than externally, but it’s great to use both.

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  • Tracy November 8, 2016, 6:54 am

    Do you recommend a particular brand of colloidal silver? I’m not familiar with this product so I don’t know what to look for in it. Thanks.

    • Fran November 10, 2016, 10:37 pm

      Hi Tracy, they are pretty much created in the same way so any brand will be okay šŸ™‚

  • awanis akmal March 16, 2016, 5:47 pm

    Hello. Where I can find Ceylon cinnamon?

    • Fran March 18, 2016, 12:58 am

      Hi Awanis, you can find ceylon cinnamon on and

  • Cinnamon Vogue November 14, 2014, 6:53 pm

    Fran you are so right. Taking Cinnamon internally for great skin is far more effective than applying it topically. Of course if you have surface skin bacteria then a nice mixture of Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil with honey and all those other things might also be a great cleanser. Perhaps you can design some. And if you want the best Ceylon Cinnamon come to us.

  • Ronnie July 22, 2014, 8:30 pm

    Mexican cinnamon is ceylon cinnamon so you can find ceylon cinnamon easily in most grocery stores in the mexican or “ethinic” section. The only catch is you gotta grind it yourself cause it’s always in stick form. This is actually a good thing though because there will be no question what kind of cinnamon it is as you can easily tell the difference between cassia cinnamon sticks and ceylon cinnamon (ceylon is all crumbly like bark while cassia is smooth and unbreakable).

  • Donna Rondeau March 8, 2014, 2:25 am

    None of the cinnamon I have in my cupboard says anything other than “ground cinnamon” on the label. One is called “saigon cinnamon” but in the ingredients listing it still says only “ground cinnamon.” I see ceylon cinnamon sticks on eBay coming from Sri Lanka, would this be good?

    • Fran March 8, 2014, 1:10 pm

      I know Donna! It’s more usual not to say on labels what type of cinnamon it is. If you can find ceylon online it’s just better to get because it doesn’t have that component in it that’s tough on the liver.

  • Chrissi Holt December 20, 2013, 9:08 pm

    Hi Fran

    Yep I use to take cinnamon tablets to control the rate at which my stomach would dump sugar from what i was eating into my blood stream. This helped immensely with sugar induced acne. However, I strongly recommend that people use cinnamon purchased in capsule form and not the regular use it in my food variety as in large doses it can be harmful.

    Love Chrissi x x x

    • Fran December 20, 2013, 10:35 pm

      Hi Chrissi, is that also for ceylon cinnamon? I’ve only heard about it being bad to have lots of cassia cinnamon. I’d love to know why because I always prefer to promote whole foods but don’t want to harm anyone!!! thank you! x

  • Michael December 20, 2013, 11:44 am

    I just got some ground cinnamon. Luckily, it’s actually on sale at this time of year because of all the Christmas baking šŸ™‚ I think I’ll be making a large cup of cinammon tea every day with it. Cinammon detox?? Make it happen! :p