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Cinnamon scrub- A homemade skincare miracle!

by Wasifa Ahmad Hasan
Hello readers! The article’s name above may sound a little unorthodox, but bear with me! Today’s DIY hack is for those who are looking for a budget friendly solution to make a face or body scrub, with cinnamon. Why would you make a cinnamon scrub? Read below to find out! 


Cinnamon, known for its distinct aroma, is a spice that is not only useful for cooking but also remarkable for health benefits.
Here are some of the benefits of cinnamon on our health:
  • Increases the blood flow
  • Has anti-microbial property
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Increases collagen production
  • It’s a great anti-oxidant.
Researchers have found that, cinnamon increases the production of collagen on skin. You will not get miraculous result overnight, but regular intake of cinnamon specially topical usage  (using directly on the skin) shows improvement in skin quality.
Cinnamon scrub
Many well known companies are making & marketing cinnamon scrubs and facial creams. The main ingredient of these products is lying on your kitchen counters, Cinnamon.
Knowing all the good properties of Cinnamon, I got curious. What if I could use this in my skin care ritual? and voila! I discovered something amazing, Cinnamon Scrub.
I like Cinnamon scrub as a weekly home-made organic scrub. Many people use Sugar for scrubbing their face. But I have always found it too harsh. After all, I am using it on my face, not on my floor! I need my scrubs to be suited for my skin.


  • Gets rid of flaky skin.
  • It can be used as a lip-exfoliator!
  • Gets rid of acne.
  • It can also be used as a body scrub for glowing and smoother skin.

What will you need for Cinnamon Scrub:

  • Oatmeal (or Flour if you don’t have oatmeal)
  • Cinnamon powder.
    (If you don’t have powdered cinnamon, then just take some cinnamon sticks and grind into fine powder with your blender or food processor.)
  • Warm water



Take 1 teaspoon of oatmeal or flour. I am using flour.


Take 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. For the first-timers, use half a teaspoon of Cinnamon.



Mix these 2 ingredients with warm water. Mix well.




You don’t want the mixture to be runny. It should be thick so that when you apply it to your face it does not drip.

(If it has become runny, then add more flour, but not cinnamon. )


Apply this scrub gently with your fingertips in a circular motion. Scrub from inside to the outside of your face & neck.


Scrub for 30 sec to 1 minute, around your nose and chin, and then wash with cold water.
If you are using this scrub for your body, then mix some body wash into the scrub. If you are using a soap bar, then just use the soap 1st, then take the scrub mixture and massage it on your body. 

Read more about exfoliation on: How to Exfoliate: A Doctor’s Insights

Caution: What should you know before using Cinnamon Scrub:

  • Cinnamon causes a tingling sensation when applied on the skin. So when you are using this scrub for 1st time, take a small amount of the mixture in your fingertips, dilute it with water and gently apply on the face. When you get accustomed with the sensation, take more mixture and scrub as usual.
  • If the tingling sensation is bothering you too much, don’t panic! Just wash your face with clean water and the tingling will be gone.
  • If you use too much cinnamon in the scrub mixture, it will cause more tingling. The very first time I used it, it felt like my skin is burning. That’s because I didn’t measure the cinnamon and kind of “poured” it onto the bowl. So that’s why it is important to measure the ingredients while making the scrub. Take 1/4 tsp if your skin is sensitive.
  • Avoid using near the eye area and on any active acne area.
  • The skin will look a little red after using this. That’s because cinnamon increases the blood flow, and the scrubbing+massaging skin will also increase blood flow. This will minimize after 10-15 minutes. If it’s too red or pink, just splash cold water.


Here are the pictures to prove the result. 

Immediately after using the scrub. Can you see the redness?

After 10 minutes, redness is diminished.


This is updated in 2021 and I do not use this scrub anymore for my face. I only use this scrub for my elbow or knees or any other tough parts of my body. It takes off the dead cells and leaves skin silky smooth.
There are many affordable and gentle physical face scrubs available, that are not as harsh as a cinnamon scrub. Some recommendations are shown below:

Comment below or let me know if you have any question regarding my Cinnamon Scrub recipe.
To see how to do an at-home facial, have a look at my previous article.

Have you ever used cinnamon scrub for skincare? How was your experience? Comment below.

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Isabel December 23, 2017 - 6:34 pm

I’m angry. This made my face tomato red with no sign of calming down. Hurts so much and we used much less cinnamon than recommended. Ouch.

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan January 3, 2018 - 1:29 pm

I am so sorry to hear that Isabel. Do you have sensitive skin?

Asma December 13, 2016 - 6:20 am

Thanks for sharing

Tine May 10, 2017 - 6:06 am

how many times do I apply this? I have an oily skin and the weather in my country makes my face oilier.

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan May 10, 2017 - 8:20 pm

If your skin can handle this, 1-2 times weekly.

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Ayesha March 28, 2016 - 5:20 am

Can I use rice flour? Or maida ?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan April 3, 2016 - 12:04 am

Hello Ayesha! You can use any one of those.

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martha canelas November 18, 2015 - 6:40 pm

I will give it a try. Looks great.

anjali October 2, 2015 - 11:38 pm

Can we use any flour with this…….

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan October 4, 2015 - 11:19 am

Yes you can..

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Samantha September 8, 2015 - 1:07 am

How often should I do this? Is it an every day thing or just once or twice a week?:)

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan September 8, 2015 - 10:57 am

Hey Samantha!
Everyday usage will be too harsh for the skin… once (recommended) or twice (if skin agrees) per week is the right number 🙂

D June 10, 2015 - 11:34 pm

When substituting honey instead of water, are you still including the oatmeal/flour??

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan June 11, 2015 - 10:41 am

Yes, oatmeal or flour makes the paste smoother.

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Sara March 1, 2015 - 4:59 pm

This is very simple and useful. I didn’t know it would be that easy, thank you for sharing!

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan March 1, 2015 - 7:19 pm

Happy to help Sara! 🙂

Iris March 1, 2015 - 12:18 am

Can this scrub be refrigerated ?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan March 1, 2015 - 4:13 am

Hey Iris! I have refrigerated it, but it becomes hard and not-so-effective. I tried to use the leftover by diluting with warm water, but it didn’t feel as good as a fresh-made one.

Bubbles January 26, 2015 - 4:34 am

I’m black American, will it help me skin?!

Wasifa Ahmad January 27, 2015 - 12:39 am

Hey Bubbles! This scrub has helped different skins with different problems…. I hope it will help your skin too!

Henik January 7, 2015 - 4:06 am

Hai Wasifa and everyone, cinnamon is one of my favorite in natural beauty care. To avoid the burning effect just add honey to your cinnamon scrub mixture. I use to apply honey+cinnamon mixture on my face. From my experience, honey is cinnamon’s best partner. You will not feel any burning effect by adding honey to your cinnamon mixture. Wish this help.

Wasifa Ahmad January 8, 2015 - 6:04 pm

Hey there! I totally agree with you. Nowadays I mix only honey and cinnamon to make the scrub. It works great too!

Alejandra January 9, 2015 - 9:00 am

Hello! And what would the proportion of honey be? I wanna try this scrub but just honey and cinamon.
And afterwards can I apply a clay mask? Since it’s once a week I’m wondering if I could do both.

Wasifa Ahmad January 9, 2015 - 5:31 pm

The honey and cinnamon ratio is 2:1, and yes I also use a clay mask sometimes after the scrub. Skin feels fresh and smooth afterwards.

Alejandra January 9, 2015 - 9:21 pm

Thank you! 🙂 just tried it and it feels so good! I hope this works for my acne

Wasifa Ahmad January 9, 2015 - 10:02 pm

Sounds great! 🙂

Araceli December 29, 2014 - 10:05 pm

That burned so bad…. My face is still burning and it’s all off.

Wasifa Ahmad December 29, 2014 - 10:07 pm

How much cinnamon did you use? and if you are still feeling discomfort, use cold water on the area. The “burning” sensation will diminish after 30-50 minutes.

mckinli December 9, 2014 - 11:18 pm

I just barely used this and my skin feels so smooth but I have the worst red lines from where it was. Please please tell me they will go away. It’s embarrassing .

Wasifa Ahmad December 9, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Yes it will go away. I also face the same redareas when I use it. You can use cold water on that area you have used the scrub though.

Summer December 3, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Omgosh! I have keratosis pilaris and I have tried almost everything to get rid of it. I Just tried this on my arms and I have never in my life felt them as smooth as they are now! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

Wasifa Ahmad December 3, 2014 - 5:50 pm

You are most welcome! I am glad that it helped you 🙂

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cmp1992 November 21, 2014 - 2:38 pm

does it have to be cinnamon POWDER or could it be ground cinnamon?

Wasifa Ahmad November 21, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Cinnamon powder works best as it’s more refined 🙂

Nate November 17, 2014 - 3:12 am

it burned so bad i used exact measurments rubbed correctly my face looked sun burnt after

Wasifa Ahmad November 17, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Hi Nate! So sorry to hear that. It will look like that actually (as shown in the picture). It sounds like your skin is sensitive, so if you try it out again, add one third teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix and concentrate on the T-zone of your face rather using it whole face.

Bri November 16, 2014 - 3:04 am

You are awesome!!! This is the best thing I have ever tried! And I’ve tried everything!

Wasifa Ahmad November 16, 2014 - 7:27 pm

YEY! I am so happy that it worked for you! 🙂

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Kandy November 5, 2014 - 4:05 am

How often do you do this?

Wasifa Ahmad November 5, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Once every 14-15 days Kandy.

Wasifa Ahmad June 10, 2013 - 11:47 am

That's awesome!

Anne-Marie June 10, 2013 - 2:31 am

I did this, but instead of water I used cocoanut oil. Love the smell and skin feels great.

Wasifa Ahmad June 9, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Yey! I am glad that you liked it!

jonni_cakes June 9, 2013 - 2:37 am

thank you for that, best at home stuff I have tried yet!

Wasifa Ahmad May 27, 2013 - 7:32 am

Hey Sarah! Thanks!
If your skin is really sensitive then just reduce the amount of cinnamon.

Sarah Smith May 26, 2013 - 4:46 am

Wow, just did it, and you weren't kidding about the burning.
But it's only been about ten minutes and it's already passing. My skin feels a little tight and maybe a little too dry, but my skin is slightly more sensitive and might need some moisturizer anyway.

And it's so smooth!!!

Wasifa Ahmad April 13, 2013 - 6:57 am

Most welcome! 🙂

Reece April 12, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Thanks, it does make it baby-smooth!

Wasifa Ahmad April 12, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Hi Reece! Great to hear that you have found it useful! Skin feels baby-smooth after using this, no?
As for me, I use it once per week….sometimes when I feel my skin is looking dull I use it twice. But never more than twice per week.

Reece April 12, 2013 - 12:50 pm

How often should you do this? I did it last night and it was fabulous but I don't want to overuse it.

Wasifa Ahmad March 27, 2013 - 6:06 am

Hey Amanda! I am so glad to hear that!!

Amanda Rockwell March 27, 2013 - 12:05 am

This worked so well! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Wasifa Ahmad January 31, 2013 - 6:46 am

It works as a charm for my skin!

Martha Woods January 31, 2013 - 2:27 am

Never heard of this one before! I'll have to try it.

Wasifa Ahmad January 13, 2013 - 7:15 am

Great! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

ocean_love January 13, 2013 - 4:19 am

wow . .good idea.I was using cinnamon wd honey for pimple. . .guess will try dis one.

Nicole June 12, 2015 - 12:01 am

Great scrub…but said to avoid active acne area. So, I think, u should add raw, pure honey to this mask, as honey is a natural anti-inflammatory & will calm irritated, acne prone skin. Hope this helps:)

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan June 12, 2015 - 11:30 am

Great tip! Thanks Nicole 🙂

Meg December 21, 2015 - 9:53 pm

So how much honey do you think to use?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan January 7, 2016 - 1:24 pm

1 tbsp is enough, or you can add more to make it a little thinner.

Wasifa Ahmad January 12, 2013 - 12:49 pm

🙂 Hope you will find it useful! It worked very well for me.

Loredana January 12, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Great idea Sifa! Must try!


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