I’ve been enjoying the wonderful skin healing benefits of Turmeric for a while now so I felt I should do a post and explain the benefits of turmeric for acne and why turmeric is a great addition to your diet/beauty regime to help reduce inflammation and heal your skin.
Turmeric for acne
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin (a bit like ginger!) and a bright orange flesh. Turmeric has been used throughout history in both China and India as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is full of nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc – all of which are essential to maintaining optimum health and beautifully clear skin. Curcumin is the main active component which gives turmeric its powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is also very strong antioxidant making it great for treating inflammation and irritation in the gut which can lead to breakouts.
When it comes to combatting breakouts, turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent so it has the ability to speed up the healing process and repair damaged skin. I like to mix a few drops of grapeseed oil or honey and some ground turmeric into a paste and apply it directly to spots and leave it on while I’m watching TV, cooking dinner or cleaning the house!
Another reason turmeric may be helpful towards reducing acne outbreaks is its ability to improve insulin resistance and balance blood sugars. As I have written previously in “The (Not So) Sweet Truth: Cut The Sugar + Cure Your Acne, too much insulin and the insulin like growth factor (IGF-1) can be major contributors to adult acne. So anything that helps to control blood sugar levels is a must-have for any anti-acne regime!
Turmeric Beauty Boosting Tonic
N.B Not for the faint hearted!
This shot packs a powerful punch but is a great little tonic to aid digestion, reduce inflammation and blood purification – all of which can be related to the health of your skin! These days I prefer a shot of turmeric than Tequila and try to enjoy one of these shots as often as I can. Simply mix the below into a shot glass and knock it back!
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
- 2 tsp hemp oil
- 1/2 lemon (juice)
Ok ok, I did say this one isn’t for the faint hearted! There is a good reason why I’ve used this unusual combination of ingredients. Curcurmin (that potent powerhouse in turmeric) isn’t easily absorbed into the body so when consuming turmeric you need to follow a few rules to get maximum benefits from this elixir:
ADD FAT: Curcurmin in soluble in fat, so when combined with a good quality fat, curcurmin has the ability to be absorbed directly into the blood stream via lymphatic system.
ADD PEPPER: Piperine, a key chemical in black pepper, is said to help with the bioavailability of curcurmin by up to 2000%!!
…and if you really don’t want to drink this concoction…you could try fermenting turmeric! (I bet the tonic sounds like the easier option now right?! Ha!)
A study into the absorption of turmeric showed that the fermentation process resulted in turmeric being more bioavailable as the fermenting process breaks down the curcurmin into different metabolites which are then more easily absorbed that the whole curcurmin molecule itself.
Below are my two favourite ways to enjoy fermented turmeric. I’ve had turmeric kombucha before and it was surprisingly delicious, however I’m yet to try making it myself but have just purchased my first ‘scoby’ and have my first batch of kombucha brewing on my kitchen counter as we speak so watch this space, I’m sure I’ll be raving about my kombucha chronicles over on my Instagram page!
KIMCHI/SAUERKRAUT: Add powdered or fresh turmeric to a batch of homemade or raw, live kimchi or sauerkraut.
TURMERIC KOMBUCHA: After the first ferment, add a few slices of fresh turmeric and leave on the counter for another day or two for a second ferment to break down the turmeric and make it more bioavailable in the body.
Turmeric mask for acne prone skin
This mask is great for acne-prone skin. Honey is full of antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals and will leave your skin incredibly soft due to its amazing moisturising qualities. Yogurt is rich in lactic acid which works as an exfoliator, leaving your skin glowing and soft – without the need for harsh scrubbing which can irritate inflamed skin whilst sandalwood helps to control oil production and is a powerful antibacterial. Simply mix all the ingredients together and apply to your face and neck and leave for 1/2 an hour then wash off with a soft cloth and warm water. If you find your skin is tinged yellow, just use you favourite cleanser or toner and it’ll be back to normal in no time! I usually apply this mask before I wash my hair so a hot shower and cleanse means I don’t suffer from any skin staining.
- 1/2 tblsp organic greek yogurt
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground sandalwood
- 1 tsp raw honey
Have you tried supplementing with turmeric for acne? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Peace, Love & Clear Skin,