As a natural antioxidant, a study published in 2001 found that turmeric can assist with skin regeneration through the boosting of collagen production. Other studies have shown that curcumin, a chemical compost found in turmeric, can decrease UV damage.
It’s clear that the benefits turmeric can provide for your skin and overall health make it worth adding to your diet, from turmeric lattes and no-bake turmeric energy balls to curries.
Turmeric may also treat and prevent bacteria in the skin that can otherwise contribute to acne cysts and staph infections. (Any active infections should be looked at by a doctor first, though!)
With its anti-inflammatory potential, turmeric may be helpful in treating inflammatory acne. This includes:
The extract may also reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Hyperpigmentation has been one focus of topical turmeric studies. If you have patches of skin that are darker than the normal surrounding tissue, this is hyperpigmentation.
One such study found that a turmeric-based cream reduced hyperpigmentation by more than
When applied topically, turmeric may reduce skin irritation.
The key to making a turmeric face mask is to combine turmeric powder or extract with a thickening agent to make a paste. Some of the ingredients may vary based on skin concern:
- For acne and antibacterial concerns, combine turmeric with warm water and honey.
- For hyperpigmentation and wrinkles, combine turmeric with yogurt and lemon juice for extra nourishment and brightening effects.
- For irritation, mix turmeric extract with aloe vera gel for natural soothing effects.
- For antioxidant power, simply combine turmeric with water (you may add a small amount of almond or rice flour to make this mask thicker and easier to apply).
No matter which recipe you choose, leave the mask on for about 10 minutes at a time. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and follow up with desired toner, serum, and moisturizer.
Avoid leaving on overnight, as turmeric has the propensity to stain (especially if you have lighter skin). You can try washing your face with milk, if there is some staining from this yellow spice. You can use the mask up to two to three times per week.