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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Burning Cinnamon Mask - Beware

I have seen all kinds of really cool masks on Pinterest and have used some of them with good results until TODAY!

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Oh man, I tried the Honey/Cinnamon/Milk combo today and BURNED my face.  Yep!

I was supposed to take the girls to the pool after they cleaned their room.  They came downstairs all ready to go.  I yelled out from the bathroom that we might need to wait a bit.  They didn't like that answer and so they came into the bathroom and screamed when they saw my face.

Georgia tried to console me telling me that no one would notice.  hahaha  So, I had to get Andy to take them instead.

Once before I have chemically burned my face, it was two days before my wedding.  I thought that I would do a fun mask to get ready for my wedding and honeymoon.  Well, I used a new product and I didn't read the fine print that the mask was more of a chemical peel than a soothing, moisturizing one.  I have pretty sensitive skin to begin with.  It was just awful!

Luckily, the redness did go away but it completely ate away at the top layer of my skin.  I had foundation caked on my face which is very unlike me cause I wear hardly any makeup most of the time.  But at least you can't tell in the wedding photos.

Now, this is my second bout with this!  But I never would have thought that cinnamon could do this to your face.  The recipe called for 2 T honey, 2 t cinnamon, 2 t milk.  Leave it on for 10-30 minutes and rinse.  Well, I only used 1/2 t cinnamon but I did read that it can be strong.  It is very good for break outs or acne on your face.  And I only left it on for maybe 5 minutes.

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I have been doing the Oil Cleaning Method since the beginning of the year and have had wavering results.  I am cleared up in certain areas only to be breaking out in other areas esp. my chin.  It's like the Hawaii islands on my chin now.  And I have deep painful areas around my nose.  I have read this is called 'Purging'.  I will give it some more time to see.

So anyway I have been doing some masks here and there to help with the break outs.

BEWARE of CINNAMON!!!  It can chemically BURN you.

My face was so red.  I put aloe on it immediately.  It settled down after about 30 minutes.  And fortunately, after several hours most traces of redness are gone.  Thank Goodness for that!

I tried it on Andy because he thought I just had wussy skin. Guess what! It did the same thing to him. It definitely didn't take as long for his redness to go down. I did put aloe on his face too.

Here are my awful awful photos but I would hate for anyone not to know like me!  Next time, I think I will always check a product on my wrist first.

Right after

30 minutes after
4 hours after




140 comments:

  1. awe! that is terrible, I've got some ideas if you want a rebound helper ~tiff :D

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    1. The same thing happened to my wife she was crying because it hurt so bad.

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  2. OMG! Goes to show you, that even if something is on Pinterest it may not be good. I am glad it faded quickly for you. Ouchy! Thanks for passing on.

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  3. I found your blog and OMG!

    I made one of the pinterest DIY make ups with arrowroot and cinnamon, like a bronzer, and well it tingled. I ignored it. Kept using it and my cinnamon tinted moisturizer. Day 4 finally woke up with a red streak down my face that was actually burning!

    Redness is gone but still some residual tingling.

    Cinnamon is serious!

    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Crazy isn't it? I would never have thought that would happen to my face either. It really goes to show that you do have to be careful with the things we all see & use on Pinterest. So glad that your face settled down too. I think the aloe really helped mine. I hope other people may see this post and be a little more careful with cinnamon. And so glad you found me :)

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    2. Krista, you personally saved me from humiliation! thank you so much

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    3. I did it last night (when I had no where to be except sleeping, thanks goodness) and it felt fine... Until I took it off. "This is is," I thought to myself, "this is the end." It burned like hellfire

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    4. Am typing with my hubbys comp. But i would like to say iwish i read this before using it. I almost called 911,my face is burning right now and i can feel the heartbeats onmy face too, its swollen and red allover. Hope within some hours its going to be okay..such an awful feeling.

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    5. You only need a pinch of cinnamon and mix it with a yogurt base and whatever else you want to combine.

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  4. I found your blog and OMG!

    I made one of the pinterest DIY make ups with arrowroot and cinnamon, like a bronzer, and well it tingled. I ignored it. Kept using it and my cinnamon tinted moisturizer. Day 4 finally woke up with a red streak down my face that was actually burning!

    Redness is gone but still some residual tingling.

    Cinnamon is serious!

    Thank you for sharing!

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  5. You obviously didn't use all-natural cinnamon, brainless. Chemicals are added to enhance flavor in most spices, unless they're marked that they're all-natural.

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    1. Your brainless comment speaks volumes of your lack of education on the subject. Cinnamon even all-natural is a chemical substance. Even if something is from nature doesn't mean that everyone's skin can handle it. Would you put all-natural cayenne pepper on your face? Any product that use on your skin should be tested on a small area first!

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    2. The internet seems to be littered with obnoxious know-it-alls like Kelly. For the record, I also tried a cinnamon mask, and I used organic cinnamon - high end stuff - and guess what? It still burned. And I don't even have particuarly sensitive skin. So yes. Be careful with it. Cinnamon is great taken internally but for some, it acts like a potent chemical peel when applied to facial skin.

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    3. I too used organic cinnamon and the only reason I found this blog was because in a panic after my shower I googled "cinnamon, face burn" because I was so scared of what just happened! But I wanted to share with you, Krista because you said you'd test it on your wrist next time, what I was using was a body scrub (cinnamon, brown sugar, jojoba, sweet almond oil) and specifically said "not for delicate facial skin", well I use a sugar scrub on my face all the time to so I didn't heed the warning… after I finished scrubbing my body I did my face only to experience the worst burning sensation EVER on my face and neck, but ONLY my face and neck! So testing on your wrist might not always be a guarantee, be safe!

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  6. I had one on and googled if it should be burning or not! So glad I saw your post! My face is bright red and burning!

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    1. So glad that I could help someone else. The same thing happened to me and could barely find anyone else out there that this had happened too!

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    2. I just did the exact same thing… Sooooooo glad I washed it off right away… Now to wait until the redness disappears :/

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  7. my face burn too... i use it for 30 minutes and the redness and the burn stay for almost 2 days... i hope when i wake up tomorrow it gone away... and my skin back to normal... i look like a ghost right now... it's really horrible

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    1. Oh wow! That's awful. So sorry it lasted so long. I used a nutmeg mask once with no problems. But the cinnamon is too strong for us.

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  8. Holy Cow! Okay I just tried the cinnamon/honey mask, and was freaking out that my face turned red in less than 6 mins, and burned. It's been about 15-20 mins now and it still kinda burns. Hopefully it goes away as fast as yours did,. I thought I was allergic O>O

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    1. Cinnamon is not for everyone esp. people with more sensitive or delicate skin. Hope it goes away fast too!

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  9. Hi I just applied cinnamon n it is burning like hell!!! I washed my face n it is luking red just like urs :( unfortunately I'm allergic to aloevera as well. What to do? :(

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    1. Oh no! I would recommend maybe a green tea compress or cucumber slices to help cool down your fiery face. So sorry this happened to you too.

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  10. I just used this face mask and it was awful!! I was panicking so much I thought my face would be red for a week! Never using cinnamon again my poor face lol

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    1. So sorry that this has happened to you too. It took about 4 hours to settle down for me. The next day all traces were gone. But everyone is different. One person above said it took close to a week for her reaction to subside. I hope it goes away soon. It is an awful feeling.

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  12. I had the same effect and was worried at first! A friend of mine who is a skin care professional said cinnamon can cause burning for some people. I also use retinol at night and wonder if that could be another reason. I used A&D cream on my burn and iced it and it looked better fast!

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    1. A&D is a good one esp. if people have other allergies. So glad that your reaction calmed down quickly.

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  13. I just had the same thing happen to me! I applied a honey, cinnamon and nutmeg mask and my face is now bright red and it burned pretty bad initially. A small amount of the mask got on my neck and it looks super red. I took a small glass of really cold milk to cool it down, which felt nice, and then applied aloe. It doesn't burn as much but its still really red and a little itchy. I'm just glad I'm not the only one!

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  14. I have used this for two nights now. It burns, especially after I wash it off. But putting on aloe really helps. Luckily, my skin didn't turn red or anything. I increased the amount of honey the second time. It made it better. This mask really helps reduce pimples almost magically, so I don't want to stop using it. I guess the reaction depends on the cinnamon to honey ratio as well as the sensitivity of one's skin

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  15. I just used the honey cinnamon mask, it burned my face, its so red. Hope it goes away. I have sensitive skin, I only had it on for 20 minuets. It really didn't start to burn until I rinsed it off. Hope the redness goes away before work tomorrow.

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  16. What was the nutmeg mask you used? I was comparing between a milk+nutmeg mask vs the one you were describing here. From your experience, I think the nutmeg mask would be more suitable for me as I too, have very sensitive skin.

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    1. I used nutmeg, milk & honey and had no problems.

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  17. Sorry if I seem to be bothering you, but could you share in what amounts you mixed these ingredients? How often did you use the mask?

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    1. It's no problem. I have only use it twice. I don't have the exact measurements. But it was around 1 t nutmeg, 1 T honey, 2 T milk. Hope that helps.

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    2. Thank you so much! You're the only person so far to have done both masks and compared between them, so thanks for sharing this experience!

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  18. thanks a lot i put on the mask and it started burning and i came across ur page and immediately washed it within 2 mins and still got red, but i cant imagine what would have seen the result if i had it on for long, thanks for saving my skin :)

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  19. This should be seriously distributed
    It seems that everyone fall for this trap
    And we didnt find your blog until we've gone through it
    The same happened to me and thats why im here
    I had an appointment today but surely will cancel it

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  20. Hey! I tried this cinnamon mask too. And it burned my face. The lady had said it was going to sting and hurt, but I didn't think it would be that bad. I literally touched my face with it and it started burning so badly. I kept it on for about a minute and then I thought I can't do this anymore, I'll just wash my face. I took it off and my cheek has a giant red blotch on it. It has been about thirty minutes but I haven't put aloe on it. Do you think it will go away without putting the aloe on it? I don't have any anyway. :( Thank you you're blog was so helpful, it made me feel better in the regard that I didn't have weak skin. :) Thanks again!

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    1. I think that it will go away but it might take a bit longer. You could try milk or chamomile tea bags or cucumbers too.

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  21. Hi gals!
    I just want to put my input in as I am a skin threrapist. The redness you are experiencing is quite normal. Actually very good for your complexion. As we age circulation and oxygen are crucial to keep the skin young. A little burning is good.....a lot..... Not so much. I am use to this effect and make it strong......(you work your skin up to stronger mixtures) if you decide to continue this mask.... Make sure you do the neck and chest! Krista my face gets super duper red. After 4 hours it looked like you skin was glowing! May I ask if your skin peeled at all?
    A very high end skin line uses a resorsinol acid with cinnamon....... It is hot hot hot! We have to use fans!
    Many actors use this mehod to get ready for the Red Carpet.... I have worked on several of them.
    They also have a face massage where it gets slapped and pinched to big the oxygen and blood to the surface! I like the mask better myself...... To make it more purifying add just a few drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide for an added glow.
    Hope this helps!
    I would never do this a few days before a special event ........start a month in advance.... You will glow like crazy! Hope this helps! What a great blog you have!

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting. I didn't peel with the cinnamon mask but it burned so much that I don't think that I would tolerate it for the glow. But it's good to know that it's normal and that some people actually like it. The things women do for beauty in Hollywood. Wow! Thanks for checking out my blog too.

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    2. I also had the same problem. I mixed cinamon and lime. I must have left it on for 5 mins until i couldnt take it and rinsed it off only to see my red face. My face still burned for about 2 hrs after i rinsed it off. I was so worried and kept asking my son if it was still red. However i just checked it again and (2 hrs later) and my skin looks great!My face feels clean, tightad glowing. Thanks for sharing your experience, it help me to calm down. I was really worried and didn't know what to do.

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  22. Thank god that I found your share. I tried many times with the method 2 cinnamon/2 honey and it worked perfectly, until today I put on the mask and for my eyes, I put on cucumber juice eye pads. Unluckily, when the liquid from the pad met the mixture, that burn the skin around my eyes :( so I have to wear glasses to hide it. In conclusion, the mask better not to go with any liquid product such as milk or cucumber juice as I accidentally found out. Goodluck next time!

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    1. Yes, it happened to me as well! The first time, I mixed honey with cinnamon and my skin didn't react at all, and now I added some oatmeal cooked in water and my face was so red! Luckily, I applied honey and oatmeal (without cinnamon this time! :D) and aloe vera and the redness disappeared within 30 minutes... I will definitely use cinnamon again since it obviously improves blood flow, but next time only with honey, and only a sprinkle.

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  23. I just tried a cinnamon mask recently and ended up burning my face and found tried a trick I learned about burns. If you take an egg white and whip it until it's foamy and apply it to your face it helps reduce the burn. I let the egg dry and then washed it off with cool/warm tap water then applied a fresh aloe leaf to my face. Lastly I washed my face with a mild soap and let my face rest. After about 20 mins or so, I checked on my face and the redness was GREATLY reduced. I finally applied my moisturizer (Neutrogena Naturals) and now about an 2 - 2 1/2 hours after burning my face you can't even tell that I burned it except that my face is really soft.

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  24. I just tried this mask again today. I had tried it before and my face was fine. This time however my face and neck were red and hot. I told my mom to come into my room in 30 minutes to see if I was still alive. ;) I think however this time I made up my own proportions. Using too much cinnamon vs. honey. There should only be a sprinkle of cinnamon. I find the best honey for the face as well was manuka honey.

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  25. Exact same thing has just happened to me! Unbelievably red face right now, I look ridiculous. I had the mask on for about 5 minutes and was sure it was burning so took it off to discover actual burn lines where the mask had been. Slavered myself in aloe vera and waiting for it to go down. I deffo will NOT be using this again.

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  26. Just found this after a cinnamon burn on my back! I did the honey/cinnamon thing to lighten my hair. I let it sit all night on my head with no problems. My scalp is fine. I should have rinsed my head off before stepping in the shower. Stupid me! Took forever to rinse out and didn't realize that the cinnamon was still on my back. Thank goodness for husbands! He got it off after I got out. It's a burning itching sensation on my back. Lesson learned!

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  27. I tried this mask the second time 4 days ago and it left me VERY ugly results. When I applied it on my forehead it burned like heck but I read it was supposed to be like that so I continued it down my cheeks and immediately washed it off cuz it hurts...and behold the tragedy. My forehead was read and have tiny bumps all over and its itchy. My cheeks have dry red and itchy spots. Cheeks and forehead have different result but are not flattering. This is the fourth day and I'm feeling really down right now :( Thankfully my nose and chin are still fine since I didn't apply on it. BTW, the only thing I did different from the first time I tried this was that I added water, I guess that was a bad idea? Not sure. I have been using green tea to calm my skin down , haven't tried aloe vera since I don't have one . Any substitutes for it? I wish I read your blog before trying it. All the ones I read had good results. :/ I hope others are warned before trying it.

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    1. I'm so sorry you had such a serious reaction this time. I would just keep using the green tea or yogurt is soothing too. Hope it calms down soon.

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    2. thanks:) I placed cucumber slices last night and benadryl today. worked well, not itchy and not as red :D

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  28. What you experienced is not actually a "chemical burn" it went away. Cinnamon has a chemical in it that is a dermal sensitizer or irritant. It causes redness (from blood flow) and a warming or burning sensation depending on the concentration and skin type. Increasing blood flow to your skin is beneficial. Cinnamon also kills bacteria. In the right concentration for you it is an awesome tool. The right concentration basically means how much you can stand... I make a soap with cinnamon EO in it. It causes warmth and a sunburn appearance and feel for a while out of the shower that dissipates. On cold days in Chicago the feeling is not unwelcome. My acne clears up, my skin tightens up, win win win for me. Be careful saying things like "chemical burn" being someone who frequently works with lye I can tell you that cinnamon is not anything close to what I consider a chemical burn...

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  29. I came across this blog post after it was sent to me by a friend who was worried about a face masque recipe recommendation that I gave her.

    I am really sorry to hear about your experience with the cinnamon. However, I've been using a honey-cinnamon-lemon masque on my face since age 13 when I got into sports and my face started breaking out due to sweating and sunscreen usage. My skin is also very sensitive and I have a hard time using almost any commercial and non-natural product. I have used this masque recipe with great success for nearly a decade. It cleans out my pores and keeps my acne/whitehead/blackheads at bay (meaning I rarely have an outbreak), and the best part is that I don't have to use anything that isn't already in the my kitchen. In the winter, I also have redness around my nose and parts of my jaw, and the cinnamon clears this as well - I know this might sound odd, considering all of the accounts of burns in your post and comments, but as Jerek mentioned above, after the "warmth and sunburn appearance", the skin clears up completely.

    My recipe is as follows:
    1. 2 tbsp raw honey (regular commercial honey doesn't work for my skin. Melt the honey in a warm water bath to make it easier to mix with the next 2 ingredients)
    2. 1 tsp cinnamon (Cinnamon is a natural spice. I saw that you mentioned that cinnamon is a chemical substance in a comment above. Actually cinnamon is the dried bark of a tree. My parents are from India and I have seen how cinnamon rolls are harvested and dried for sale during a trip there. I don't trust ground cinnamon so I buy whole cinnamon and grind it myself. It's a much better flavor in cooking as well.)
    3. 1 tsp lemon

    Mix all of the ingredients and then apply a thin layer over your face. You don't need to apply a whole lot of the masque. I use about a 1.5 tsp of the masque on my whole face. You can store the rest in the fridge for later use.

    The most important thing about this masque is the timing. I do not leave it on my face for more than 15 minutes under any circumstances. If I haven't used it in a while (ie. 2-3 months), then I'll leave it on for 15 minutes. If this is a weekly or bimonthly ritual, then I leave it on for about 10-12 mins. If this is a nightly ritual, I leave it on for 6-7 minutes. Like Jerek mentioned above, the key thing is finding the right concentration or rather the ideal contact time with your skin to reap the benefits of all three ingrediants.

    Immediately after washing off the masque, I apply lotion or a light oil (like sweet almond or argan) and retire for the evening. I have never experienced a burn over the years. I am in my early 30s and people routinely ask me what college I go to and I still get carded. I'm sure this is due to a combination of good genes and healthy lifestyle, but I also attribute it to this masque recipe.

    Again, I'm sorry you experienced a burn, but I also wanted to share my own experiences to provide perspective to people wondering if cinnamon will burn your skin.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, experience & recipe. Let me clarify my chemical description. I meant that everything is chemical in it's composition including our bodies an water. So, everyone should still treat all ingredients with care even if they are all natural and organic. I think I would have to use a scant amount but I just don't prefer to have it on my face but maybe in a bar of soap for my body. But my post is just a caution for people to realize that just because something as simple & common as cinnamon or any other household ingredient could potentially give you an adverse reaction. I never once thought that might happen to my face when I was using it or to even consider the amount of cinnamon that I was using.

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    2. I agree with you! Not everyone has a bad reaction to cinnamon masks. It's all about know your body and skin. Too much of anything is bad.

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  30. I did the same thing! Im 16 and has acne scars so i decided to try it. I left it for 35 min. Or more and it didnt burn . When i washed it off it got really red and i applied aloe vera . Im scared that it won't go away i have really sensitive skin. D:

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    1. Well the redness lightened not all the way :/

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  31. I use that combo as a spot treatment and only a couple of minutes at a time spread out over a few days...that seems to be better than putting it on the whole face.

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  32. Wow, I thought cinnamon was supposed to be good for you! I just tried to make a recipe. It said to use 1/4 cup of ground cinnamon (preferably self-ground), 2 teaspoons of natural cane sugar, and just a couple of pinches of baking soda, and add just enough water to get a paste. Supposedly, this can be used as a daily facial cleanser.

    I think the woman who recommended this might be slightly sadistic. I only used 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (just powder bought at the store), 2 teaspoons of sugar, and a teeny-tiny bit of baking soda. I added the water, and wet my face with water before I applied it.

    I did not scrub, Just spread it, and I used an amount maybe equal to the nail of my thumb (for my entire face). Within seconds of touching my skin, it started burning like crazy. I washed it off immediately, and the burning sensation stopped. But wow, I am glad I didn't use as much as the recipe recommended, I can't even imagine the pain. This is a recipe to give to someone you really don't like!

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  33. Thank you so much for enlightening me but I had to try. And damn!! Its hot. Im white and my face gets red pretty easily. Usually its not because of substances but because of sun exposition and exfoliating/scrubbing the face. Back to the mask.. I put too much cinnamon. Also dont COVER you face with it, just aply a thin coat. So the combo + cinnamon - honey (a bit hardened) and a thick layer = red face with some hot burning sensation. So I recommend testing a smaller area and having some aloe gel!!!!!!!! This helped me a lot!!! Please test before, i didnt and now my skin feels hot to touch.And my neck (a bit below the chin) also got burnt/red.

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  34. Just tried a cinnamon honey mask and it did the same thing. My face is bright red and really burns. I thought I was badly reacting to it, so I'm glad to know it's not just me. Never Again

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  35. My face NEVER had a problem with the cinnamon mask nor the baking soda. And I have exteremly sensitive skin. Remember that everyone's skin react differently.

    http://laurynlasko.blogspot.com/2014/01/honey-cinnamon-face-mask-facial-you-can.html?showComment=1398873309919#c91094035032352061

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  36. Thank so much! For uploading this! I tried the mask but it tingled immidiatly so i googled "cinnamon mask burn" i saw your pictures and washed it off right away, my skin became soo red! I used a whipped egg whiye and that really worked wonders! My skin is soo soft right now!

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  37. omg, the same thing happened to me. my face started burning after like 1 minute of having the homemade mask on my face. after I washed it all off it looked like I had a VERY sunburn on my face and neck. it took like 4-5 hours for my skin to return to normal.

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  38. holy crap. hahaha me too. but I don't take to long to wash. after I feel burn, I washed my face. and I will never ever use cinnamon again. haha

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  39. I just did a cinnamon/honey/lemon mask for acne prone skin and HOLY COW!!! My skin was on fire like literally after I put it on my skin. I immediately rinsed my face off with cold water and slathered olive oil all over. The pain went away instantly AND olive oil is a great moisturizer! My face is still pretty red though. :/

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  40. hi... I did cinnamon mask too last night..., I feel burn at the very fist I put on the mask, less than 5 minutes I washed it off. My face turned red... sooooo painful, it feels like my face been slapped over and over again LOL... I'm so scared so i try to find some info, than i find your article, i put on aloe vera, and 30 minutes later my face slightly turn to normal (thanks !!!). But, there's a good surprise when i wake up in the morning my face glowing, my skin so plump...i'd like to use it again next week (but i will reduce cinnamon portion). I really satisfied with the result, so i think i can bear the pain... :D

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  41. Tried honey cinnamon mask 07/14/14. Didn't notice any major difference til next afternoon. Face was itchy, swollen, blistered and pimply. Drove me crazy all night. Yesterday face felt like sandpaper there were so many tiny bumps! From my eyelids to the spot on my chest where it had splashed Monday. I bought an Aloe Vera plant and started putting that on three times a day with alittle relief after a few minutes for a short period. kept splashing cool water on face. Today It looks like they are trying to go away but just alittle...still very itchy. Hopefully by next Monday I'll have my old face back ..

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  42. Totally just happened to me as well. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one!

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  43. I just used honey and cinnamon this morning as a mask. For me it did not burn instantly or just turn red, but a few hours later, my face was full of small red pimples that were not there in the morning, and I am very disappointed. This is the second time I use it. I thought it was a mistake 3 years ago when I tried it, or a coincidence, but now that it happened again I would never ever use cinnamon on my face again. It should stop acne not cause new pimples to cover the face! I think my skin is just too sensitive for that.

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    1. Your skin is definitely either too sensitive or you are allergic to the ingredients. You are meant to experience a purging effect - all the unwanted oils dirt and bacteria should come to the surface and expel itself after you use the mask, decreasing significantly each time you use it. However, the experience of small red pimples only hours after the mask does not sound right. Definitely discontinue the use of the mask you made.

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  44. I put a little bit of cinnamon on my face after a quick search on "diy face masks" and within ten seconds it BURNED burned burned and i had to rinse it all off immediately. Definitely be very very careful of cinnamon in case you have an allergic reaction like I did. Again, if something burns it doesn't mean it's working!

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  45. You know, I heard cinnamon can help to remove scar, so i wear a mix of cinnamon and pure honey for the whole night and after 2 day I was feeling like hell. It burns out badly, the skin is red and become hard..omg I really don't know what to do. please help me, idk what to do. But I only wear it on one spot.tsk tsk please help me ����

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  46. it does burn and leaves red mark.
    but mine dissapear after a few hours.
    i only applied on the acne. ( too scared to apply my whole face)

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  47. I have used a cinnamon based mask several times. Before I used it I googled extensively the effects of every natural product I was placing in my homemade mask. I recommend anyone doing anything at home to research what each product your putting in does and how it MIGHT effect you. The cinnamon is meant to burn (it is the main ingredient in burning face masks) however the burning is meant to subside after several minutes. If this is not the case then yes, your skin is too sensitive OR you have used too much cinnamon.
    I use a facial scrub with sugar, honey, lemon.
    Followed by a burning face mask with cinnamon, honey, lemon, tumeric, nutmeg. IF i feel the need for something soothing I will also add milk and/or avocado to the mixture. Today I also added baking soda.
    This mask may burn slightly for a few short minute (max 4) however it is thoroughly worth it. My skin is amazing, soft, tight and removes pimples and imperfections amazingly. I highly recommend it.

    Start by only using a small amount of cinnamon. Each time you do the mask up the quantity until you are able to feel a slight burning however it subsides and does not cause you severe discomfort.. Think first people..

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  48. I used a stone to paste my nutmeg and cinnamon. Took 5:1 ratio of the paste respectively. Added drops of lemon and honey to it. Mixed well and applied on my face for 15 mins. I didnt feel it burn or tingle. Probably the ratio or depends on my skin type. I rinsed it off with normal tap water. Dabbed my face with a clean towel. Face looked glowing and fresh. Noticed a few tiny bumps. It might go away in a while.

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  49. You all are right. It's making my skin a mess. I've got tiny bumps all over my face. How do I get rid of them. Help. Aloe didnt work.

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  50. You all are right. It's making my skin a mess. I've got tiny bumps all over my face. How do I get rid of them. Help. Aloe didnt work.

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    1. Me as well.. what should I do :( it's two days now

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    2. Me as well.. what should I do :( it's two days now

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    3. Try chamomile tea bags or cucumber. It might take a week to settle down. So sorry this happened to you.

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  51. I had my Cinnamon/honey/tumeric mask on for 3 minutes and while it aggeicated my face my flaky patches are gone. Lol let's call it a "natural" chemical peel. My face is naturally red because I'm a redhead so it just made the places without roseacca look like I had a matching red mask on.

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  52. Happened to me too. I went to health food store and an employee and I figured out that there were other ingredients in the ground cinnamon and some of the cinnamons didn't even have a cinnamon smell. So we decided that only use cinnamon sticks and grind your own in a coffee grinder or spice grinder. so I only use one stick to a mask and grind my own and no more red burning face. when you have burning from the cinnamon worst think is to rinse with water. use coconut oil or some other oil. then rinse with cold water if you have to and I then put fresh avacado on my skin for a bit and it cools it down and stops burning. You have to use the sticks and only one to a mask

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  53. Last year, I used just honey and cinnamon mask, it didn't really clean it, but it didn't burn it at all. Btw, my skin is pretty sensitive. Today, I tried mask with oats, water, honey, lemon and cinnamon. And it left my face sooo red after less than five minutes, I didn't have aloe or anything so I put just ordinary Nivea creme and it helped, thanks God! Now, I really don't think the redness was because of lemon, I know it is acid and all, but it doesn't bother me. Just wanted to share my awful cinnamon story because it's how I found your blog. Beware people

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  54. That EXACTLY happened to me!!! My skin is pretty oily and I have bad acne so I wanted to try it and it burned my skin but I left it on for the whole time and when I took it off, my whole face was red!!!! Mainly around my nose and it was a bit puffy and even afterwards it BURNED. NEVER again

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  55. Girls, girls, don't panic! Yes, the cinnamon mask burns a little but it works so it's worth it! As long as you don't do it everyday, it's fine! It is really effective against acne and it makes your pimples go away really fast! Don't apply the mask all over your face, just on the areas where you are more likely to get pimples/acne or on actual pimples. And just keep it for 10min.

    I have been doing the turmeric and cinnamon masks now for a while and I have never had a skin so perfect in my life! And I suggest you don't use milk in your mask as dairy products are not recommended if you have acne. Use lemon juice instead.

    I know we all react differently but the burning part is normal and it really is effective to get rid of acne. If you really can't stand it, you can use cinnamon essential oil (it will still burn a little bit, but not as much and you just apply it on your pimples), it does wonders!

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    1. Actually, for some, cinnamon doesn't just burn, "a little." It is as bad as the worst sunburn I've ever had. I thought I might start blistering. Essential oil would most likely burn even more as it is even stronger.

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  57. "Dear Mike, I've looked in the mirror today and I cannot thank you enough. My skin is glowing and I feel 10 years younger (I'm 31). Before I followed your plan, I had large nodules all over my chin and my nose (coming and going for the last 5 years) but now...most of them are gone. Seriously.
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  58. I have applied honey, cinnamon and avocado masks for a year now. I do them once a month or if I have an avocado that is too ripe... never had an issue til today. After having the mask on for about 5 minutes I started to wonder why my face was so hot. Looked in the mirror and could see the redness through the green/brown mask... only freaked out slightly. I splashed with cold water for five minutes or so and then applied aloe vera gel and lavender oil (lavender oil made it sting a bit more but I think it helped. After leaving lavender on for a minute I rinsed it off because it was stinging still. Reapplied aloe a couple times and iced face, especially my cheeks along jaw line because this area was the most red. Redness is now about gone or back to normal except for along cheeks. I have an egg white on my face now... should help get rid of the last bit of redness. The only thing I did differently was use a different type of cinnamon, I think it is the Ceylon kind. Thinking this is what did me in this time... oops!

    Ironically, my face looks great so far and that's why I believe the people who are saying it is good for the skin and improves circulation. My face feels tight and smooth (other than the couple blemishes I have).

    Thanks for your blog! :)

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  59. I have been doing the turmeric and cinnamon masks now for a while and I have never had a skin so perfect in my life! And I suggest you don't use milk in your mask as dairy products are not recommended if you have acne. Use lemon juice instead.

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  60. I use herbal teas for my hair. I recently tried an apple cinnamon tea. When I used it on my hair I was in the shower. Needless to say, the tea got all over my body. It immediately started burning. I washed it all off but, it didn't matter. I got out of the shower and used some aloe. My skin was storing heat by this time, just like a sunburn. I was beet red all over. I couldn't stop burning and thought this couldn't seriously have "burned" me. So, I went and took an antihistamine and in no time, the red was gone and the burning subsided. I was sure I was going to be as red the next day, that there was no way that would go away like it did. I figured it would need time to heal. The pill did the trick though. Thought I would share that with everyone.

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  61. False Solutions: cleaners, gels, lotions, creams, acids and even antibiotics hardly cure acne.
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  62. I just did this mask with 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 tsp honey. It looked like poo and felt funny to run on my face. As soon as I washed it off it began to eat at my flesh. It was a little frightening. I didn't know what to do, so I washed my face (again) with a sugar/olive oil scrub, then I put coconut oil on my face and decided to look it up online to see if I could get any tips as to what to do, that's when I found this post! :) I got up and grabbed my aloevera and put some on my face, that made it itch and burn a bit, so I put some more coconut oil over it, and it started to feel better again :) I'm just glad I'm not going crazy and hope it goes down soon :)

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  63. I just did the mask with cinnamon and honey and it felt fine on my face, but when I washed it off it burned my skin so much I was almost tearing up. I googled it and found this post, so at least i know it's not just me!

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  64. I just added a lemon and cinnamon face mask it called for 1 T of lemon and 1/2 T of cinnamon.... I oy had it on for not even 2 minutes my face is really red and I put some "Receiving" lotion on my face and now have an ice pack on it.... It doesn't hurt anymore it just needs to go away before tomarrow... I have school

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  65. I just applied cinnamon and honey mixed with yogurt and lemon ...my god it was immediately giving me a burning sensation and I in a min washed my face with water. Now it all red face. Hoe long will this last and am I going to face a bad situation in a few hours ???

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  66. I just applied cinnamon and honey mixed with yogurt and lemon ...my god it was immediately giving me a burning sensation and I in a min washed my face with water. Now it all red face. Hoe long will this last and am I going to face a bad situation in a few hours ???

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  67. Mine had cocoa and milh and honey( it was one of those sites with a few suggestions with coffee recipes masks,can't remember which :/).Used once and no problem. Left the rest in a closed container in the fridge to use the following week. Today,I used it and only for 3 minutes. Face and neck all red and burning.Glad I don't have to go anywhere in the next few hours.

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    1. Actually I've found the site with the recipes: "stylecaster".

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  69. Wow it sucks that I'm just now finding this :( but after applying my cinnamon honey and milk mask it only seemed to burn in certain areas, I put it on my chin where I just have acne scars and it didn't burn but I put it on my forehead where some fresh acne resides and it did burn pretty bad. But after a little bit it does not burn anymore which is good because it says I'm supposed to wear it overnight.;)

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  70. This happened to me as well :( i used lemon, honey, turmeric, cinnamon and stupidly enough i added lavender oil and salt :/ thats the last time ill experiment with my face lol. Its burning red and i just used lush grace serum and a cooling pack its gone down a bit after 30 mins hopefully tomorrow morning everything goes back to normal! Wish i saw this blog earlier :(

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  71. what happens if you only use cinnamon and glue to make a peel off mask? what will it do?

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  72. what happens if you only use cinnamon and glue to make a peel off mask? what will it do?

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  73. I read about it in a magazine, i have sensitive skin but no breakout, i kept it on for 30 mins, my skin was all red, i got few pimples with in few hours and a might red scar that look like nike swoosh...please help hope this is not permanent

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  74. :( 2 late for me i burned my face and i feel a sleep with it the redness have Ben on my face for 2 weeks .... can anyone help me ? i simply cant afford to go to a doctor so is there anything i can do at home .. please help me

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  75. People, don't be scared! burning is great! it is temporary. It brings blood to the surface of your skin, nurturing, improving circulation. That what we need! My aesthetician does it all the time, it stings but the afterfeel is great. And there are actually some on the market. Just don't do it when you planning to leave the house. Do it before going to bed.

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    1. Eish, I have been using the combination for four months now without problems, until last night. I burned like hell. Had to put a cold face towel on my eye lids, they burned for over an hour after

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  76. what happens if you only use cinnamon and glue to make a peel off mask? what will it do?


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  77. I had this happen to me but after I had little bumps on my face. Did you have this, and if you did how long did it last?

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  78. i also burned my face!!! My face burned for a while, and then it was really red for a good 30 minutes. It looked like an awesome face mask until afterward. :/ Good ideas for face masks anyone?? thx

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  79. Omg I tried the honey cinnamon one and my face burned!! I'm 12 y/o! I have ice on it now but does the redness go away?! Ps my mom doesn't know yet 😕

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    1. You're too young at 12 to need this. Exercise, healthy eating, drinking water and sleep are all you should need.

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  80. Used milk and cinnamon (not knowing milk would be bad for acne) and stupid me i just rubbed it all over my entire face. I couldnt stand the pain so i immediately took it off. Went to my fiance and he said "what the **** did you do! " redness has gone down after using aloe vera (thank you for this post) but never again.. I am worried about what it will look like when i wake up. Looking for some other options to help clearup my blemishes. :/

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  82. HELP ! i did the same and my face is super red how lomg till the redness goed away !

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  83. HELP ! i did the same and my face is super red how lomg till the redness goed away !

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  84. Please help its red how long till it wears off

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  85. My skin has got red hot itchiness and swollen after the apply of this pack.it is reducing day by day.dont need to panic it takes few days to cure.for better and faster results apply yogurt 3 times a day and rub icecubes over the affected area for better results use 3-4times within 3 days everything will b cured

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    1. If it is dired up apply fresh cream and honey

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  86. Hey, i used 2tablespoons of honey, and one teaspoon of cinnamon, i left it on for 15 minutes, washed it off with cool water, and while my face is extremely smooth along with the pimples kinda going down, my face is really red, and somewhat itches. Now i have learned my lesson of having sensitive skin and cinnamon. Definitely do not go together. Thank you for gicing suggestions on how to make the redness go away, very useful!!

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  87. I just tried this mask last night. The recipe called for 1 1/2 t. cinnamon (which sounds like quite a bit compared to some commenters) mixed with 1 T. honey. My honey is raw, but the cinnamon in just basic ground cinnamon. Left it on for 30 min. per the instructions and then rinsed and finished with a toner of equal parts ACV and water. My face did not burn during the 30 min, but the rubbing that occurred with rinsing did bring some redness and burning. This was expected. I figured it was a bit of a chemical peel plus the cinnamon felt like a scrub. My skin felt smooth and tight. I applied a little lotion and some castor oil and woke up just fine. Clearly you should try any of these things with caution. Oh, and the directions said to do this every night! I'm not sure I'll risk that, but maybe start with once a week and then increase from there. I wonder if the ACV/water toner helped to reverse or stop some of the burn? That seems to be an element no one else has used. Hope this helps someone.

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  88. I tried the facial as well ... I know your getting a lot of comments but my face did not turn red it burned a little but not a lot it was more of a itchy feeling and I have some burn marks on my face and also my face is beyond bumpy now. My skin was so perfect before using the cinnamon and honey facial but now I look like I've aged 20 years. I do not know what to do. I've went to the hospital all he told me was to use warm water. My face is not getting better after a whole week since the facial. I've use the aloe Vera plant for my face not working! I tried coconut oil NOT WORKING. This is the most embarrassing thing every I can't go anywhere without feeling like people are starring at me. I'm only 21 before I use this facial I looked 14 now I look like I'm 50. Can you help me ? I've looked all over for answers I can't find anything!

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    1. Hey im 14 to and i also got these weird burns on the sides of my face near my eyes. I put aloe on and ig i will have to see what the outcome is...(i hope i don't look like i aged)

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  89. How long till it heals because it sure does burn !!

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  90. This is Very old post about Cinnamon mask all the way from 2013. I am also kind of victim of this scary mask but after reading all this comment i am glad i am not only person whose natural homemade mask gone wrong.

    I have used cinnamon+honey+lemon mask before but nothing happened but 2 days ago i simple used cinnamon+lemon mask.I have normal skin i knew it burn little bit.It was all ok, but next morning when i woke up my face was swollen , little itchy, and very very RED.I tried ice pack to calm down swelling.
    2nd day red face, and swelling was down. but still my skin feel very hard because whole first layer is burnt, I feel like it will dry and will peel of entire top layer of skin like chemical peel or laser on face.

    As of now i am applying honey twice on my face and aloe vera gel.IF anyone has gone through same please let me know how many days it will take before i get my normal face.AND what should i do further to speed up peel of skin .like any home remedy.THANKS in advance AND THANKs to Blogger for this post.

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    1. I also want to add further that after initial 5 min burning during applying mask there was no burning or pain i felt even when very 1st morning my face was swollen like balloon, just little sting when i wash face after applying honey but very little.

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  91. I just tried a mask after hearing the benefits of honey, cinnamon, and lemon juice I decided I was going to try it. I tried a cinnamon mask before, a lemon juice mask, and a honey mask. All went well, but then I found a recipe for honey cinnamon, and lemon juice. I had not even put it on for maybe a minute and it started to burn. I rinsed it off immediately and washed my face and it looks like now I have a sun burn and feels like a sun burn. I don't have any aloe because we ran out so i'm sitting with an ice pack wrapped in a towel against my face. I'm glad to hear and see everything was pretty much back to normal after a few hours because this would have really put a damper in my day if it took up my entire day and if I was stuck with it tomorrow. Thanks for you post I have hope it should go down. It's not itchy or swelling. It's just red like a sunburn. I think it might even peel later, but hopefully not. Not going to lie I did start crying after I saw the redness because I started to panic.

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  92. I just tried thid mask and my whole face was red and burned. I washed my face with cold water while removing it *without rubbing it off*. Then I took half a cup of cold milk and a cotton ball and gently rubbed it on my face. I took a cold shower and put some aloe vera gel on. The redness is almost gone. Try the milk trick, it might help you too.

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  93. Well this blog is apparently jzst a bunch of people with red faces who got screwed over by cinnamon... My face is brught red and burning, ive applied youghurt to it and canceled my afternoon plans... Im not diying for a long time now, that is for sure.

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  94. Omg I almost put it on over night ! I put some on my nose and instantly it started to burn! I have pictures tommorw ! Thank God I found this

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  95. I have been doing cinnamon and honey face masks this whole week and nothing was burning, however today I did one and as soon as I put the mixture on my face it burned really bad. I quickly washed it off with mild warm water and it soothed the pain a little, but my face turned really red and hot. At first I thought it was an allergic reaction or something, but I had been doing it all through the week. I don't know what I did wrong that made this happen. I sat in front of a fan for about 20 minutes and the redness is slowly going away, but I have to go out later to see all my teachers for parent teacher conferences so if anyone has any tips on how to make the redness go away fast, please let me know ASAP!

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  96. Even I tried this famous "burning mask" and guess what...it burned my skin nicely!!it's my third day and face is still red, swollen and itchy. I have tried everything to reduce the side effects :applied honey, aloe, ice, oatmeal, etc and even took cetrizine..but
    face is still the same. Can't even go to office ��so people plz DO NOT TRY this mask even though u have normal skin..

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