The Benefits of Cinnamon for Your Skin December 30 2015
Cinnamon has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian cultures as a topical and internal medicinal ingredient. Among the various internal benefits which cinnamon offers, one of the most important is its role in maintaining healthy skin.
Cinnamon can also help remedy various skin related diseases and infections. Thus, cinnamon can be used in multifarious various to improve your skin. It’s a wonderful choice for eczema, acne and anti aging (collagen production).
IN 2012 a medical study was conducted that proved that cinnamon promoted the production of collagen synthesis, and the National Institute of Health determined that cinnamon extract is useful in antiaging treatment of skin.
Recent research suggests that cinnamon is an excellent antibacterial and antifungal agent, making it very effective in the treatment of infections. Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, it is effective on treating external as well as internal infections. It helps in destroying germs in the gall bladder and the bacteria present in staph infections.
The antibacterial effect of cinnamon is the most studied of its properties.
A 2007 study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry demonstrated the effectiveness of cinnamon extract on five bacteria including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella anatum and Bacillus cereus. The study found that cinnamaldehyde and proanthocyanidins contained in cinnamon are responsible for this broad-spectrum antibacterial action.
This broad-spectrum antibacterial activity makes cinnamon effective against acne-causing bacteria like P. acnes and S. epidermis.
By removing these bacteria from the skin, cinnamon prevents the clogging of the skin pores and reduces the inflammation and increased sebum production caused by the microbes.
Cinnamon also reduces skin inflammation by other means. A 2002 study discovered that cinnamon inhibits the production of nitric oxide. Since nitric oxide is a major component of the inflammation process, reducing its production can help reduce acne swelling which presents as superficial (pimples, whiteheads and blackheads) and deep (nodules and cysts) acne lesions.
Yet another mechanism by which cinnamon reduces inflammation in acne is through the inhibition of COX-2 or cyclooxygenase-2 synthesis.
COX-2 is also a major component of the cascade reaction in the body that leads to skin inflammation.
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Jeanette Quillen, Owner & Formulator