Cinnamon is a spice derived from the bark of the Cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum spp.).
Cinnamon is thought to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It is widely used in food preparation.
Cinnamon Essential Oil is occasionally used as a Naturopathic treatment for a range of health ailments. Cinnamon Essential Oil is rarely used in the treatment of acne.
Cinnamaldehyde is the main component of Cinnamon Essential Oil and this molecule may be responsible for some of cinnamon’s antibacterial properties. In addition to cinnamaldehyde, Cinnamon Essential Oil also contains significant amounts of Coumarin and 3-Methoxy-1,2-propanediol.
Some individuals with acne have reported that Cinnamon Essential Oil and/or topical treatments that contain ground Cinnamon powder helped to reduce their acne symptoms. Laboratory testing suggests that Cinnamon Essential Oil is moderately toxic to the acne-causing P. acnes bacterium.
Topical facial creams that contain a mixture of ground cinnamon and honey are a popular Naturopathic treatment for acne.