Acne is a common skin problem due to build-up of dead skin cells in young aged people. Acne is treatable but sometimes it may take months to completely get rid of them.
Acne can undergo inflammation which needs to be treated early as it may lead to scarring.
Acne is common in people of 12-25 years but it may occur in older people too. According to studies every 8 in 10 teenager has had some degree of acne.
Acne affects the face usually but it may appear at back, chest and neck. Not all types of acne need treatment. Acne can be mild but it may take a long time to clear the spots caused by it.
Acne occurs due to interaction of body hormones with skin oils which lead to various symptoms such as pimples, cysts, lesions, blackheads etc. Acne can be with or without pus.
Acne can be characterized by the presence of inflammed or non-inflammed blackheads, pimples, cystic acne etc. Symptoms of acne depend on the its degree from mild to severe.
Acne occurs when dead skin cells and oils block the skin pores. It is more likely for a person to have acne if his/her parents had acne.
There are different kinds of treatment available for acne depending on the severity of acne. Your doctor may prescribe you topical preparations such as benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotic tablets. Acne can reappear after the treatment so maintenance treatment is necessary.
Some self-care tips for acne include taking care of acne. The affected area should be washed at least twice a day, antibacterial soaps. Greasy makeup should be avoided and a balanced diet should be taken.
How Turmeric Benefits Acne?
Turmeric holds multiple benefits in acne:
- Turmeric removes excess oil from skin.
- Turmeric kills P. acnes bacteria that cause inflammation.
- Turmeric possess anti-oxidant properties.
- Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties.
Best ways to take turmeric in Acne
Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for acne. Based on the studies and reader’s reports we have summarized various ways of taking turmeric which could benefit in this disorder/condition.
The dosage depends in terms of the formulation and severity of the condition. Here is the recommended dose:
Fresh Turmeric roots
Turmeric roots are a great addition to diet but we can’t expect a therapeutic effect based on the limited quantities we consume.
Recommended intake: 1-3g or ½ inch long piece of root sliced or chopped. You can also juice it and take it a pinch of black pepper. This can be a part of your fresh juices or taken individually. You can also make Golden Paste from fresh roots.
Further Read – Is fresh turmeric better then powder?
However if you take turmeric powder straight with black pepper then it would be 1-2 g of turmeric powder with a pinch of black pepper.
In terms of teaspoon that would be 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper powder twice a day.
Start with small doses and increase gradually. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach. You can also make Turmeric capsules at home.
Maximum dose: 1 tsp of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper thrice a day
Golden Paste combines heat, black pepper and healthy fats to increase the absorption of turmeric.
It is highly recommended to take this paste after meals and to avoid taking it close to other medications. (Read Does Turmeric cause acid reflux? Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interaction?) Here is the recipe.
You can make Golden Paste from fresh turmeric roots as well.
Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose by ¼ teaspoon every week. Continue till reach a dose of 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).
The ideal dose differs with every individual, some do fine on a small dose while some need more.
Thinking of other ways to take Golden Paste read 10 ways to take Golden Paste
Maximum dosage: 1 table spoon 2-3 times a day only advised if you are comfortable taking it and not experiencing gastric side effects.
Turmeric tincture helps with inflammation and pain, but not much is known about its benefit in acne.
Take 10-20 drops 2 times a day depending on the condition. It can be added to teas, juices or smoothies.
Maximum dosage: 10-20 drops 3 times a day
This is a good option for tea lovers and who want to skip the taste of turmeric paste. Here is the recipe for Turmeric Tea.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
Turmeric milk is a delicious recipe that can help get rid of infections. You can find the recipe for Turmeric Milk here.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
The recommended dosage for supplements is 300-400mg 2-3 times a day for standardized 95% curcumin extract.
However the dose would differ based on the formulation, hence it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
Avoid taking supplements on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines. Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
How to apply turmeric topically for acne?
Take sufficient amount of turmeric powder and mix it with lukewarm oil, preferably coconut or olive oil, and apply it to affected area. Leave for 15 minutes and wash with cool water. Conduct a patch test prior.
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Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Turmeric supplements should be taken with care. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)
If you are taking blood thinners, turmeric supplements should be avoided. Turmeric can be included in diet in small doses. If suffering from a bleeding disorder consult a doctor and herbalist or naturopath before taking turmeric.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gall bladder obstructions. (Is it safe to take turmeric in gallstones?)
Turmeric may interact with certain medications like stomach acid reducing drugs, diabetes medications, blood thinners. Avoid taking turmeric supplements at the same time as medicines.
Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
If harrowed by turmeric stains here is how you can take care of turmeric stains.
Acne is one the most common skin condition in teenagers. The spots can last for months if not treated properly.
There are various treatment available for acne but some of them have side effects on health. Therefore there is a need of a therapeutic herb to help in acne. Turmeric has multiple benefits in acne.
Turmeric is a very good treatment to soothe the symptoms of acne if taken in right dosage.