While turmeric may have anti-inflammatory actions, it has not been studied specifically for acne. There are some downsides to applying turmeric to your skin. If you have ever eaten Asian or Indian food, there is a likely chance that there may have been turmeric in your food. When you look at your fingers – assuming you have eaten with your hands of course – they may be stained yellow. That is the sign of turmeric. The chemical curcumin accounts for the yellow color and it stains your skin yellow. So, be ready for yellowish skin when deciding to apply a turmeric paste to your face or skin.
Recipe for a turmeric face mask
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of yogurt, water, or milk
Few drops of lemon juice
This mask can be prepared just by 5 easy steps:
Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon of honey in a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Once the mixture is paste-like, you can add either 1 teaspoon of yogurt, water, or milk.
Mix well. When the mixture reaches a liquid or thick consistency you can add a few drops lemon juice into the mixture.
Mix again. Apply the paste to your skin with your fingertips or a facial brush. Leave the face mask on for 15-30 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with clean towel.
Applying this face mask once or twice a week may help your acne and moisturize your skin. According to this recipe, scientific studies show that these ingredients may be beneficial for acne and skin care. Researchers believe that honey and yogurt have a high antioxidant capacity, which may rejuvenate the skin. In addition, introducing splashes of lemon juice may allow for antimicrobial as well as anti-oxidative properties.
What If You Want to Avoid the Yellow Stain?
But wait there are still alternatives to applying turmeric and not getting stained yellow. Another approach would be to mix turmeric into other healthy ingredients to apply on to your skin so that you can dilute the turmeric. For example, incorporating turmeric with other skin beneficial ingredients may lessen the chances of your skin staining.
In summary, most of these scientific studies have been achieved under test tubes conditions and further human clinical trials are needed to better understand turmeric’s healing role. Please discuss the use of turmeric with a healthcare provider before using it on your skin or ingesting it.
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