Some people say there is one truth in every teenager’s life – Acne. I am sure all of us went through acne phase in our lives. Fortunately in my case the period was not very long and also not severe as in case of many of my friends. Also there were no scares left after it subsided. But this is not the case with all of us. There are some severe types of acne also which in worst case can cause permanent damage to skin (especially face). Acne rosacea is one of them. Let me talk a bit about Acne rosacea first.
Acne rosacea or rosacea causes chronic skin inflammation especially around the nose, cheeks, chin, eyelids or forehead. This inflammation resembles prominent blood vessels that spread in spider-like webs across the face, skin eruptions like acne, redness or swelling. Other symptoms include flushed face, swollen and red nose and irritation of the eyes or burning sensation. Those in the 30-50 age group, fair-skinned people and those who blush easily are prone to rosacea. It could be a side effect of other skin and eye disorders.
While harmless, this skin condition could cause a permanent change to one’s appearance and this may result in a loss of self esteem and psychological damage. There is no established cure for rosacea. People use many home remedies, oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to treat rosacea. Preventive methods can control flare-ups and include avoiding sun exposure, using sunscreen regularly, reduce stress and avoiding hot beverages, alcohol and spicy food.
Turmeric Benefits for Acne Rosacea
here are many herbal and natural remedies based on like turmeric, aloe vera, etc., that have anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties which can heal conditions like atopic dermatitis, rosacea, erythema caused by exposure to UV light, drug-induced skin problems, psoriasis, and irritated or sensitive skin. Infact in India there are are several anti-acne creams which are marketed saying that they have turmeric benefits. But this is not a recent phenomenon, turmeric has been a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and is now gaining in popularity again globally as a treatment for various skin conditions including rosacea, acne and eczema.
How turmeric helps in Rosacea
Inflammation causes release of chemotactic factors and vasoactive mediators that cause increase in permeability and dilation of capillaries leading to inflamed and swollen tissues. Turmeric used in animal models has shown to inhibit these mediators, stabilize membranes and prevent platelet aggregation therefore preventing cell inflammation.
Turmeric has got widespread use as a spice in Asian cuisine and as a medicinal herb. Usually the roots are dried and ground to be made into herbal medicine or for cooking. Many herbs are being tested for their ability to treat skin conditions and one of those being tested is turmeric. It is considered very effective in treating rosacea and various other skin problems like psoriasis and hyper-pigmentation. This is due the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a polyphenol chemical found in turmeric. ,
There are different ways that turmeric can be used to soothe symptoms of rosacea. Since it is an anti-inflammatory agent, it can reduce irritation and puffiness and improve circulation around the inflamed areas. Other inflammatory conditions can cause rosacea and other skin complaints. By acting as a liver detoxifier and wound healer, turmeric can help cure rosacea inflammation too. Combine turmeric powder and water into a paste and apply on skin affected by rosacea. Otherwise you can combine ½ teaspoon each of sandalwood and turmeric powders and apply on the inflammation. Turmeric infused teas can also detoxify the body from within and clear skin of various ailments.
It is also said to benefit skin rejuvenation and help remove signs of premature skin aging. It has been suggested that using a turmeric face mask regularly can reduce redness and the small pimples that erupt on the face due to rosacea. To make turmeric face mask mix few tablespoons turmeric with yoghurt, milk or honey in a plastic bowl. Wash the affected areas, pat dry and apply this mixture on clean skin. Leave the face mask for about 20 minutes to dry and then rinse with warm water. Finally splash some cold water and dry your face. This paste can be left overnight for better effect but may stain clothes. So make sure you wear only old clothes. Turmeric can also stain skin. To remove this, wipe the affected areas with a cotton ball dipped in a mild facial toner. One thing I would like to add here – some people have very sensitive skin and thus turmeric can worsen the situation too. Thus it is best to do a patch test and see how your skin reacts. If everything remains fine – go ahead!
There is no pediatric dosage of turmeric and in this case it is also not relevant as acne bursts rarely happen to very young children.
Now there are two ways you can use turmeric here – 1) take supplements / include in your diet for general health which will also benefit for acne 2) take acne specific medication – i.e. turmeric masks etc.
In case of first option – adults can use tablets or capsules, tincture or fluid extracts. The recommended dosage of standardized curcumin powder is 400-600mg thrice daily, dried turmeric root – 1-3g daily, cut root – 1.5-3g daily, fluid extract – 30-90 drops daily and tincture – 15-30 drops 4 times daily.
The details of making a turmeric mask are already provided above.
If you are taking turmeric supplements exercise some caution. While turmeric is considered very safe but consuming high levels of turmeric supplements over long periods could cause some side effects. It could interact with drugs taken for blood clotting, diabetes and stomach acid reduction. Anyone allergic to turmeric could develop irritation and redness of skin.
Those with kidney stones must also avoid turmeric supplements for the oxalate content in it could aggravate the condition. Others suffering from GERD or gallbladder problems and pregnant and breastfeeding women must avoid turmeric supplements.