With many people going herbal or “green” as others may call it, the use of remedies, such as turmeric, basil, ginger, and other spices, has seen a sharp increase over the years.
Turmeric, in particular, is closely associated with skin treatment, with some recent reports stating that this herb may provide therapeutic benefits in clearing off acne and improving the health of your skin.
What Exactly Is Turmeric?
Many people know it as a spice but turmeric contains powerful compounds called curcuminoids, which contain an active ingredient known as curcumin.
Curcumin is a known natural anti-inflammatory as well as an antioxidant, and this gives it infection and disease-fighting properties.
Can Turmeric Cure Acne?
When it comes to acne, the active ingredient in turmeric (curcumin) has antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can fight off the acne-causing bacteria.
This active ingredient is what is considered as far as skin health is concerned and its properties are explained below.
Bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes is the primary cause of acne and it is found in plenty on every person’s skin.
However, its presence does not mean that you are unclean or unhygienic in any way. It just resides naturally on the skin.
The only problem is that when Propionibacterium acnes multiply a lot, you will start developing acne and thus, they must be controlled so as to maintain healthy skin.
For decades, antibiotics and other medicines have been used to treat and kill these bacteria but during that time, they have become more resistant and this is why nowadays some medicines and ointments are not effective on a vast majority of people.
However, some studies have shown that the natural curcumin ingredient in turmeric kills acne bacteria faster and much better than most drugs and thus, although not clinically proven, turmeric has the ability to cure acne.
The same active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, may decrease inflammation by managing several oxidative and inflammatory conditions on the skin, as well as the underlying causes of inflammation such as oil buildup and other bacteria that harm the skin.
Although this is also not clinically proven, there is the indication that turmeric for acne works by eliminating inflammation.
How To Apply Turmeric
The primary method of applying turmeric is by making a facial mask. There are many ways to create such a mask but the most common one is by mixing the powder with plain yogurt in the ratio 1:2, then add some honey into it.
Stir the mix to form a smooth paste, which you should then apply and leave it for about 30 minutes for it to do its magic.
On the downside…
Can Turmeric Cause Acne?
Turmeric is not known to cause acne, but it can cause skin irritation. Some people may be allergic to this remedy and as a result, may develop rashes, redness, itchy skin and blisters after direct application onto the skin.
Because this is a possibility, it would be a good idea to apply turmeric to a small portion of your skin first, say around your arm, and wait for some time to see the results.
If you spot some allergic reaction, do not attempt to apply the remedy on your face.
Apart from skin irritation, the other thing to be cautious about when applying turmeric on your face is its staining capabilities.
This bright yellow spice can stain almost anything it comes into contact with and this includes your towels, washcloths and even your skin.
Other Ways To Use Turmeric For Curing Acne
Because of the reasons given above, to be on the safe side, you may decide to avoid applying turmeric directly onto your skin and instead, use other means to get a dose of it into your daily treatment routine.
These means include:
Cook It Together With Food
This is undoubtedly the easiest and most delicious method of taking in your dose of turmeric.
Since it is a natural spice, turmeric can be added to soups, rice, steamed veggies, curries, stews and practically, any other food that you can think of. Some people even add the dried root or powder in tea.
If you decide to use the ready-made powder for your food, it would be a good idea to include other beneficial ingredients such as black pepper (which helps your body absorb curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, cloves etc.
If you prefer using the actual turmeric root, you can easily get it in most grocery shops, then add it to your smoothies, juices or tea.
Drink Turmeric Milk
Turmeric milk is an alternative to adding turmeric powder or roots in your food, but it basically works in the same way since it is absorbed and aids in restoring your skin from the inside.
Use Turmeric Soap
If you still want to apply turmeric on your skin, instead of doing it topically, there are a variety of skin care products, such as soaps containing turmeric and its active ingredient, that you can use.
Although such soaps may have a very tiny amount of this ingredient, with continued use over time, the benefits will begin manifesting themselves soon enough.
Take Turmeric Supplements
Instead of having to go through all this just to get a dose of your skin care ingredient, there is the option of taking turmeric orally in the form of supplements.
For the best results, however, you have to ensure that the supplement has a high percentage of curcumin so that it is more effective.
It should also have additional ingredients such as black pepper, which assists your body to absorb and use this active ingredient.
Another thing to consider is the manufacturer’s dosage instructions, which should guide you on how to take in the supplements from the beginning to the end.
Turmeric has actually not been proven to cure acne but its main active ingredient, curcumin, shows a lot of promise.
This is because, on its own, curcumin is known to be very beneficial to the skin and thus, only the scientific and clinical trials remain to ascertain whether turmeric is as good as most people think.
However, even before this happens, turmeric is still a great remedy to try out as all the indications point towards reduced acne and generally, a positive outcome.