Turmeric is a perennial plant from the ginger family. It’s roots are dried and crushed to create the turmeric spice.
Turmeric is a yellow-orange spice commonly used in curry and other Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s also used to dye clothes, and give mustard its yellow color.
It is used extensively in Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine native to India, and in other places throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Why Use Turmeric For Acne?
Research into the health benefits of turmeric is in its early stages. The U.S. National Institute Of Health (NIH) currently has 71 registered clinical trials completed or underway as of September 2012.
…shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, and a host of other medical properties.
Some Research has shown that turmeric has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This would help fight acne by killing the P acnes bacteria that causes it.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is the chemical that gives turmeric its yellow color. In both in-vitro and animal studies curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, and a host of other medical properties.
Being anti-inflammatory, curcumin should help acne by reducing redness and irritation caused by inflammation.
How To Use Turmeric For Acne
You can use turmeric for acne in two ways; take it orally, or apply it topically to the acne spots.
How To Properly Supplement Turmeric For Acne
If you want to take a daily turmeric supplement for acne or just overall health purposes there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
black pepper… aids absorption of turmeric into the blood stream.
Piperine (a compound found in black pepper) aids absorption of turmeric into the blood stream. Some turmeric or curcumin supplements will come with piperine added.
One of the best ways to take turmeric is with a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil and a dash of black pepper.
Recommended dosages vary. Try taking 2-3 500mg capsules a day, depending on how your body tolerates it. Some people take a lot more.
Make A Cocktail Of Turmeric For Acne
- 1 Oz Juiced Turmeric Root OR
- 1-2 Teaspoons Of Turmeric Powder
- 1 Cup Fruit Juice, V8 Juice, or Some Other Drink
- A Dash Of Black Pepper
Mix the ingredients in a glass and drink it down. You can do this multiple times a day if you like.
How To Apply A Turmeric Acne Treatment To Your Face
First you will want to buy some turmeric from your local grocery or health foods store. If you are feeling really adventurous you can buy the root and crush it up yourself, but it’s much easier to just buy the powder.
You can find turmeric powder in the spice section of just about any grocery store. You will want to choose some type of essential oil, aloe Vera, or something else that you can mix the turmeric in.
I recommend doing this at night so you can leave it on overnight and rinse it off in the morning.
What You Will Need:
- Turmeric Powder
- A Washcloth
- Hot Water
Choose One Or More To Mix With The Turmeric
- Aloe Vera
- Emu Oil
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Olive Oil
- Other Essential Oils
- Witch Hazel
- Combine 1 tablespoon Turmeric and 1 Tablespoon of whatever other ingredients you chose. You could do 1 tablespoon of one thing, or 1 teaspoon of three different things. Experiment to see what works best for your skin.
- Gently wash your face before you begin applying the turmeric mixture.
- Soak your wash cloth in hot water. Cover your face with it and let it sit until it begins to cool off. This will help open up all your pores, and make it easier for the turmeric mixture to penetrate deep down into your pores where it can kill as much bacteria as possible.
- Using your fingers apply the turmeric mixture all over your face. Use slow and firm motions to massage it deep into your skin.
- Let it sit for at least 20 minutes. If you are doing this at night you can leave it on overnight.
- Rinse it off with water.
Use Turmeric With Other Natural Treatments For Maximum Effectiveness
If using turmeric for your acne isn’t doing enough for you, try pairing it with something else. There are tons of natural acne treatments you can experiment with. You could try some relaxing acupuncture for acne or get really brave and try something like urine therapy for acne.
The best part about all these natural treatments is that you don’t have to worry about side effects from combining them. This can be a major concern when combining modern treatments (like pills, creams, etc.) that can have serious drug interactions when combined.
I also recommend that you examine your diet and lifestyle to see if they may be contributing to your acne. These factors, when out of balance, can create an “acne environment” within your body. Think of this as an environment where acne can thrive due to a compromised immune system, lack of proper nutrition, or numerous other things.
If this is the case, you could try treating the visible symptoms of acne (like pimples, redness, etc.) all day long, but you may never have lasting freedom from acne until you fix the underlying cause of the acne.
Fixing the “acne environment” inside you, and healing your acne from the inside out is a lot easier than it sounds. If you would like to learn more, then do yourself a favor and read over my Acne No More review. I take a close look at one of the best acne treatment guides out there.
It teaches a powerful step-by-step method of how to get rid of your acne holistically (that means treating the whole body, not just one symptom). It discusses things like proper diet, how to detoxify your body, exercise, stress, and many other treatment methods.
I prefer the Acne No More method because it teaches you how to eliminate the underlying cause of your disease instead of just managing your symptoms (which is what most modern medicine does).
Precautions When Using Turmeric For Acne
There are very few side effects associated with turmeric. The most common ones are nausea, diarrhea, and other minor things. Also, be careful not to spill any because turmeric stains really badly!
However, there is some concern that the curcumin in turmeric may pose risks for pregnant women. There is very little evidence one way or the other to support this claim, but it has been suggested that curcumin may stimulate the uterus in pregnant women and could lead to miscarriage.
…turmeric stains really badly!
Also, curcumin is known to inhibit blood clotting, so avoid taking any turmeric a couple weeks prior to any major surgery or if you are taking any blood thinners.
Basically, turmeric is thought to be completely safe for general use, but pregnant women and people on blood thinners may want to avoid it. Better safe than sorry, right?
I hope this information will prove useful to you. If you have any experience using turmeric for acne or other purposes, please tell us about it! As always, good luck with your acne!