So what’s the deal? Can you use turmeric for acne marks and other dark skin patches? Or is it just another organic myth?
Like most, you’re probably tired of wading through the Chinese whispers about abscure miracle plant extracts, but, it turns out that turmeric is one of natures medicinal heavy weights.
Turmeric has been used in India as a spice and also for its medicinal properties for over 2500 years. It is a staple ingredient in Indian cuisine, and also a major ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine for its many health benefits. Such is the power of this extraordinary plant, that clinical trials are under way for its possible effect on cancer cells, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and various other disorders.
• So can you use turmeric for acne marks and dark skin spots?
Acne marks, or PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation), is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide.
With its obvious effect on self confidence, effective ways to reduce hyperpigmentation left by an acne outbreak are in constant demand for sufferers.
• Why does it work?
Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin. Curcumin reduces the production of melanin, which is responsible for the color or pigment in your skin.
3 ways to use tumeric for acne marks.
Important: Turmeric will stain the skin and fingernails. Small amounts will wash off easily with soap and water, but higher dosages can leave a yellow tinge on the skin for several hours. The best way is to start with very small amounts until you are happy with what you can remove afterwards. (The oil based remedies are much easier to remove.)
No.1- 1x tablespoon of lemon juice, 1x tablespoon cucumber juice, 1x pinch of turmeric powder.
Mix the three ingredients together and apply it to the skin for 15 minutes, then wash thoroughly. Afterwards, apply a natural moisturizing cream.
No.2-You will need – A natural oil, such as olive oil, castor, grapeseed or coconut. Turmeric powder.
Mix a small amount of the turmeric powder with the oil to form a thin paste. Apply to the face as a face mask and leave for 30 minutes. Wash thoroughly afterwards.
No.3- You will need – A natural oil, 1x small clear plastic bottle, turmeric powder.
Fill the bottle 3/4 full with the natural oil, then add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to the oil. Shake the bottle well. The oil will turn yellowish orange in color. Leave the bottle to stand overnight. The next day, the turmeric should have settled to the bottom of the bottle, leaving an orange colored oil. Apply to the skin for 30 minutes, then wash thoroughly and apply a moisturizing cream. The oil should keep for a couple of weeks, after that, just mix a new batch.
Remember that when using any natural hyperpigmentation remedy it always a case of trial and error. What works for some may not work for others, it’s just a case of finding out what works best for you.