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Pinteresting Projects: DIY Acne Mask

I have a zit. FYI for those of you under 30: zits don’t stop after your 20s. They keep coming. Maybe vaguely less frequently than before, but they’ll pop up even after two decades of awesome zit strategies.

close-up of 5 brown cinnamon sticks
This is what makes this mask smelly yummy. Image courtesy of S. Diddy

Although I have a very good zit strategy and a prescription for Retin-A, I felt frustrated by a rather painful spot over the weekend. Pinterest has solved many a conundrum for me, so why not acne?

A search for acne mask turned up several posts that called for honey, cinnamon and lemon juice. The honey and cinnamon are supposedly anti-inflammatories while the lemon juice is an exfoliant. Sounds legit.

Here’s the acne mask recipe I found:

  • 1 T honey
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • Squeeze of 1 lemon wedge

Mix together and let sit on your face for 15-30 minutes.

The results:

I still have a zit. I would say it made the zit no worse and no better. The mask does smell super yummy, though. Post rinse, my face felt really smooth, smooth enough that I might consider doing it again just for that benefit.

The drawbacks include putting honey on your face, which is sticky. Definitely do this when you won’t be tempted to touch anything. The mask is also drippy. Check in the mirror every few minutes to be sure it isn’t about to drip into your eyes because I bet that wouldn’t be fun.


While this won’t solve your acne problems, it will leave your skin feeling smooth and make you feel pampered.

By [E] Sally Lawton

My food groups are cheese, bacon, and hot tea. I like studying cities and playing with my cat, Buffy.

4 replies on “Pinteresting Projects: DIY Acne Mask”

I remember trying this a while back and I must second your warning: I just stayed in the bathroom and goofed around on my phone so I could check the mirror, make sure my “face” wasn’t melting. Didn’t notice a difference other than immediate smoothness. I’m currently trying just rubbing lemon juice on my blemishes. I read somewhere that it helps with hyper-pigmentation but my sis says to be careful because supposedly her friend overdid it on her foot and now has what looks like a bleached patch of skin there. I was also warned not to go out in direct sunlight after applying it as it can irritate the skin and actually make the pigmentation worse. So I do it at night followed by my typical face-cleaning routine.

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