In a recent article by Rachel Nall in 'Medical News Today', a suggestion has been considered whether honey and cinnamon can help treat acne.
The author has highlighted the benefits to skin from honey and cinnamon. Honey has been used for centuries as it contains proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties that help to shrink pores which make the skin appear smoother and even.
The author clarifies: “The benefits of using honey and cinnamon together as a face mask haven’t really been studied. The two have been separately studied, but the research is mixed on whether or not they are effective.”
Of late, there are several ‘do-it-yourself’ recipes being circulated in social media which claim relief from acne. The cosmetics industry is also coming up frequently with ‘new’ formula for acne relief. However, none of these have proven record of certain relief, nor are they backed by clinical tests.
Before using the ‘DIY’ formulations, one must understand the causes. Main acne factors are : oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores, bacteria and hormonal imbalance. Acne typically appears on face, neck, chest, back and shoulders that have most oil (sebaceous) glands. Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells.
Hair follicles are connected to oil glands. These glands secrete an oily substance (sebum) to lubricate your hair and skin. Sebum normally travels along the hair shafts and through the openings of the hair follicles onto the surface of our skin. When body produces excess amount of sebum and dead skin cells, the two can build up in hair follicles, and form a soft plug, creating an environment where bacteria can thrive. If the clogged pore becomes infected with bacteria, inflammation results.
The plugged pore may cause the follicle wall to bulge and produce a whitehead. Or the plug may be open to the surface and may darken, causing a blackhead. A blackhead may look like dirt stuck in pores. But actually the pore is congested with bacteria and oil, which turns brown when it's exposed to the air.
Pimples are raised red spots with a white center that develop when blocked hair follicles become inflamed or infected. Blockages and inflammation that develop deep inside hair follicles produce cyst-like lumps beneath the surface of your skin.
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