Burning Face Mask: How to Reduce Acne Scars and Uneven Skin Tones

Image source: Abby Smith
Image source: Abby Smith

This burning face mask is going to change your life. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only adult in the entire world who has hormonal acne. Right around that time of the month I seem to break out in those under-the-skin boils that are hard to see and hurt to touch … you know the ones? To make matters worse, I scar super easily when pregnant. If one little zit goes awry I have a scar to show and tell for years to come. It’s awful.

So, I decided to take charge and show my skin who’s boss. I went to the kitchen and concocted a little recipe that I like to call the Burning Face Mask … because, well, it burns. Each ingredient was chosen for specific reasons, which I will dish below.


Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years as an anti-fungal and anti-viral. It possesses anti-microbial activity which helps reduce the risk of diseases caused by bacteria. It contains a number of powerful antioxidant compounds, so it helps to prevent premature destruction of healthy cells in the body and on the skin. I love it in my hot chocolate and now I love it on my face!


Nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory and will help your acne scars disappear. It has been used since ancient times to heal many skin diseases including ringworm and eczema. Nutmeg is rich in many b-complex vitamins including vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, and many flavonoid anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin.


Honey is an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent and helps disinfect and speed the healing process of acne. It will soak up impurities and help detoxify your skin. It’s not only loaded with antioxidants, which will help restore damage and wrinkled skin, but it also is incredibly moisturizing and will leave your skin feeling clean and soft.

Lemon Juice

Lemon is loaded with vitamin C. It builds the collagen in our skin, which is necessary to keep the skin firm and young. Lemon will aid in lightening blemishes, any scars or dark spots, and will even out the skin tone. It will also bring a glow to your face by cleaning your skin right down to the pores. Using lemon will make your skin photosensitive, so make sure to use a sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sun. A good habit to get in even if you aren’t applying lemon to your skin! A powerful fruit that’s perfect in your green smoothies and on your skin, who knew?!

Use this mask three times a week to reduce uneven skin tones, reduce acne scars, reduce pore size, and to get that healthy-looking glow back into your skin.

Burning Face Mask

1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon raw honey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  •  Mix all together into a thick paste.
  • Apply and let sit for 30 minutes … or 10 if you can’t handle the burn! It should only burn for the first 5 minutes or so and then it’ll wear off.
  • Rinse the mask off with warm water and moisturize. NOTE: If you have sensitive skin, leave out or dilute the lemon. If you leave it out add a bit more honey to make the mixture paste-y. This is a mask and not to be used to exfoliate your skin. It’ll hurt if you try!

Keep in mind that this is a mask that works gradually. It won’t move mountains overnight, but if you are consistent with applying it two times a week you will see a huge improvement to your skin. With consistent application it will lighten up marks, blemishes, and scars. It will reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it will also help your skin to glow and look healthy. It’s the best mask I’ve tried — refreshing and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. Now go on and give it a try!

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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