How You can Use Turmeric for Acne

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Ever since I wrote about turmeric masks, I was receiving requests on how one can use turmeric for acne. This post covers the same.

Acne is a major worry for teenagers and adults alike. It can prove a serious impediment in social, work and personal life. The more society places emphasis on having blemish free skin, the greater the tension that people feel when they are affected by that ignominious zit at the most inappropriate moment. Many home remedies are available, which can be used to effectively treat acne at home. You need not waste money on expensive OTC products or prescription medications if the acne outbreak is mild. Herbal products like turmeric, mint juice, basil and nutmeg can be made into a paste and applied on the skin to reduce inflammation.

Home remedies to treat acne scars are beneficial when the infection has spread because the patient has squeezed the pimples. Turmeric for treating skin disorders has been used for centuries in Eastern and Asian countries.

Benefits of turmeric for acne

Turmeric made into a paste and applied to acne-prone areas can destroy the P.acnes bacteria that cause inflammation and remove excessive oil from the skin. Turmeric possesses anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are both beneficial in treating acne.

Acne recipes / remedies using turmeric


Basic Recipe of turmeric for acne

Take 4 tablespoons turmeric powder and to this add 1 tablespoon milk and 4 tablespoons rawturmeric for acne honey. Stir this mix in a clean bowel until it becomes a smooth paste. Keep this mix in the refrigerator to cool.

An alternate set of ingredients are – 8 tablespoons turmeric powder mixed with 5 tablespoons olive oil or sesame oil. Mix these in a clean bowl until a smooth and creamy paste is formed.

The rest of the treatment steps are the same for both types of turmeric acne pastes.

Take a long hot shower to soften your skin using mild shower gel or bath soap. Avoid all medicated, glycerin and antibacterial products that can dry out the skin. While in the shower, take a washcloth and dip it in very hot water (as much as your hands can stand). Apply the hot wash cloth directly on affected areas for at least 5 minutes. This will help to bring pus in inflamed acne lesions to the surface. Now pat your skin dry.

Use your fingers and apply the turmeric paste to the dry, soft skin, using gentle massaging motion. Massage for at least 10 minutes. Leave this to dry overnight. The turmeric will dry and become stiff like a mask. This action will reduce the acne size. Rinse the dried paste in the morning. Turmeric will stain clothes. So use old clothes and bed sheets when following this treatment. Turmeric will also leave a yellowish tinge on the skin. To clear this, wipe these areas with a cotton ball dipped in a few drops of a mild facial toner.

Turmeric and yoghurt

For this turmeric acne mask, take 2 teaspoons of yoghurt and combine this with ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and a small quantity of honey. Yoghurt that is rich in lactic acid acts as a gentle exfoliator. Apply this mask on the face for ½ hour and rinse off after this.

Organic facial mask with turmeric

This is a good mask for acne-prone skin. Take ½ teaspoon sandalwood powder and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder. Combine these two powders with 2 tablespoons curd until you get a smooth paste. Apply this gently on pimples and lie down for at least 20 minutes. Wash this off with warm water. Finally splash on some cold water, dry your skin and apply a suitable moisturizer.

Always clean the affected areas or take a steam bath or warm shower to open up clogged pores. Relax with your mask for the required time. Place cooled down chamomile teabags, cotton pads dipped in lavender or rose water or cucumber slices on your eyes to give wonderful relaxing feeling.

Turmeric and oatmeal mask

Oatmeal is a great exfoliator. Combine 1 tablespoon each of oatmeal flour and lentil powder and ½ teaspoon turmeric. Mix these in fresh water, make a smooth paste and apply on the skin. Leave for 20 minutes and wash off as before.

A few words of caution while using turmeric for acne

While there are a few side effects when taking turmeric capsules or supplements, there are not too many side effects when using turmeric on the skin. In rare cases, people can develop a skin rash. Otherwise, the only side effect is that turmeric will leave a yellow tinge on the skin that can be cleared using a cotton swab and facial toner.

What’s my take on this

Turmeric is a useful herbal remedy to fight acne. Using these simple home turmeric masks, you can enjoy your own natural spa at home and clear acne. These facial masks are affordable, simple to make and most ingredients are available in your own kitchen or are easily procured. But make sure 1) you do a patch test before you start using it extensively and 2) use genuine turmeric for best results.  

If you have used turmeric for acne, do share your experience! In case you used turmeric in some other way please provide the details for everyone else’s benefit

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  • Deana Wilson

    Once the desired mask is mixed, how long can it be stored? Curious if enough for a week’s worth of masks can be made at once and stored. Thank you.

    • KeshavK

      Interesting question! Deana, frankly speaking I have not tried it. But there should be no reason of a mask getting spoiled unless the ingredients themselves get spoiled. For example – a mask with curd will not last that long but one with Fuller’s earth and water will. Which mask you plan to store ?

  • Manojano

    will it be good for acne scars?

    • KeshavK

      It helps skin in various ways and thus may (should )help. A lot may depend on which kind of scars, how prominent etc.