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Turmeric to Treat Acne: How Science Explain It

One of the common beauty problems men and women are suffering is the irritating acne. This skin problem starts when oil and dead skin cells that got clogged up on the pores. Acne is most dominantly problem during younger years, however, some people suffer it even on their later lifetime.

Nowadays, there are many prescription medications, creams, soaps and other beauty products promising to treat acne. Though, some people forgot these all have side effects. Furthermore, the bacteria that causes this skin problem becomes immune to antibiotic treatments. This situation results to severe the acne, but still there are other option to sure this by using a natural organic ingredient called turmeric. 

What is Turmeric?

Commonly used in dishes like curry as spices, turmeric is most common in India and Thailand. Also, it is commonly found as a season to different cuisines in the world. A specific kind of turmeric called hile, is most commonly known as a spice but it is also a great choice for health problems remedies.

On the natural healing originated in Vedic culture of India, according to Ayurveda which is a 5,000 year old healing system, turmeric is also known as curcumin rich, has been used for centuries as a medicinal tool because of the nutrient it contains. On a Wall Street Journal in 2005, a review of studies published that states there are increasing body of scholarly research indicating that curcumin could be used to prevent a range of illnesses, from cancer to skin disorders. There are empirical evidence that shows that cultures dependent on turmeric as a part of their daily diet like India have lower rate per capital than in developed countries like US despite India’s less desirable living and health conditions. This leads the scholars to somehow believe that there is a correlation between less cancer rate and turmeric diet.

Turmeric for acne treatment

Generally, acne is caused by bacteria beneath the skin, with oil and dead cells that got clogged and results to inflammation. The mainstream content of acne treatment is antibiotic that aims to reduce the bacteria that causes inflammation. Ill-advisedly, the continues consuming of antibiotics on a long period of time lose its effectiveness as the bacteria learns to adapt and mutate, the bacteria tend to grow more resistant to antibiotic. And the result, the acne comes back, worst that before. Fortunately, turmeric has no antibiotic content, but it has anti-inflammatory properties. Logically, turmeric can prevent the bacteria from causing visible acne blemishes.

The science explanation:

Up to now, there are no clinical trials in progress examining turmeric as an acne treatment. Hence, most reports of turmeric for acne come from Ayuvedic medicine supporters. Yet, there are animal studies that supports if benefits. On a study published in 1982, there are claims that series of tests on rats appears to indicate that turmeric has a powerful anti-inflammatory content. From that, several studies have supported that this benefit of anti-inflammatory can also be safe for human use. Dr. Nita Chainani-Wu from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) performed a systematic review  on 2003, of all available published studies available on turmeric for both its safety and efficacy as an anti-inflammatory agent. The study reveals that turmeric is safe to use and causes no side effects as well. Dr. Chainani-Wu, as far as its effects on inflammation, states that curcumin does appear to have demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity, however, this was limited to only six studies. Another studies are conducted to find whether turmeric have anti-bacterial properties. Presumably it would be even more effective as an acne treatment, if turmeric showed any success as an antibacterial/antibiotic. Researchers tested turmeric essential oils to other oil extracts, including cinnamon extract and clove. The result, research found that turmeric oil had no antibacterial properties, at least on the two bacteria it was tested against.

This is no definitive by any means. There were problems with the study, including:

  • Extraction Method – Because the researchers only tested turmeric as an essential oil. Hence, it is possible that if antibacterial properties existed they could come from ingestion, powder, or any other kind of mixture.
  • Bacteria –Only two bacteria was used to test turmeric, and acne is often made up of countless bacteria.

Therefore, there is no substantial scientific evidence that proves turmeric to be 100 percent effective to treat acne. Although there are several theories that it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, none of these are completed yet. Thus far, all studies found that turmeric is safe to use, well currently there are no known side effects.

How to Prepare Turmeric as an Acne Treatment

For the reason of there is only little research into how to use turmeric for acne, and so there are no proven ways to create turmeric acne treatment. Despite this, the most Ayurveda supporters claim that eating turmeric is not necessarily the way to treat acne. Then it was claimed that the best thing to it is to turn it into some sort of cream or mask. There are variety of turmeric skin cream recipes, but this is the simplest way.

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • One or two tablespoons milk cream

Just mix it all together until it turns out to some sort of paste, then gently place the paste on your skin as evenly as you can. After 15 minutes, wash it off with cold water and dry it gently to avoid creating excess irritation.

There are other recipe that includes adding sandalwood or using other types of cream. However, experts recommend to avoid putting much of turmeric as it may result irritation to skin.