Cinnamon Supplements May Make Rosacea Much Worse

cinnamon-s Apparently cinnamon oil supplements are commonly used by sufferers of type 2 diabetes to reduce their blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

One study from Pakistan concluded that cinnamon taken at 1, 3, or 6 gm daily significantly decreased the triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels after 40 days.  However, a recent study performed in the US could not confirm these observations.

Cinnamon is known to cause allergic or contact dermatitis and is known to have a vasodilatory effect. This case report is said to be the first report of cinnamon affecting rosacea. The patient had continued hypersensitivity to cinnamon even in miniscule amounts.

This paper may serve as a useful warning especially for those interested in various forms of homeopathic therapies or who are exposed to cinnamon oil in products such as toothpaste or cinnamon containing foods.

Severe exacerbation of rosacea induced by cinnamon supplements., J Drugs Dermatol. 2008 Jun;7(6):586-7, Campbell TM, Neems R, Moore J.

The authors report a case of a 68-year-old Caucasian female with type 2 diabetes mellitus who experienced an acute exacerbation of her rosacea 2 weeks after self-initiating cinnamon oil pills to lower her blood sugar levels. Historically, cinnamon oil has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes, but recently the use of cinnamon oil in lowering blood glucose and cholesterol levels in patients with type 2 diabetes is being investigated and gaining popularity amongst the general population. The use of cinnamon has commonly produced cutaneous side effects of irritant or allergic contact dermatitis and been reported to have vasodilatory effects. Yet, there are no reports of cinnamon use triggering a rosacea exacerbation in the literature.

Interestingly the NRS suggests that cinnamon may be a suitable ingredient for a low irritant salsa ;

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Red pepper or chilli powder, for example, can be substituted with two parts cumin and one part oregano. Traditional salsa can be replaced with a fruit version made from 2 large ripe peaches cut into small cubes, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 tsp chopped fresh mint and 1 cup fresh raspberries all gently mixed together.

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