Turmeric can treat acne better than many pharmaceutical medicines. However the downside of using turmeric to cure acne is not discussed in many clinical studies. The objective of this article is to discuss the implications of using turmeric as a potential medicine for acne to help you make an informed decision regarding your acne treatment. Turmeric is a popular spice, yellow in color and found especially in all Indian grocery stores. Curcumin is the most active ingredient in turmeric.
Acne is caused due to inflammation in the skin and is characterized by eruptions in the skin. Ayurvedic medicine makes use of turmeric as an effective cure for acne. Curcumin has anti– inflammatory properties that helps to reduce inflammation and irritation caused by acne. Infection caused by bacteria in pores of the skin can also cause acne. The anti-bacterial properties of curcumin helps to ward off unwanted bacteria from pores of the skin and the anti-fungal nature of curcumin helps to eradicate yeasts. This makes curcumin a stronger acne medicine than other chemicals and ingredients in the market.
Most studies referring to turmeric as a better cure for acne were based test tube studies, hence results on human skin cannot be assured. As curcumin has the capabilities to reduce clattering of the cells that causes pore blockage in the skin, it may be useful to cure psoriasis. When you apply the same property to treat acne, it is believed to work.
Abnormal insulin levels and inflammation are also major reasons for acne. Based on a scientific publication, curcumin was used to treat diabetes and regulate insulin levels. This fact is applicable in acne cure because reducing the level of insulin is most likely to have positive implications on acne cure as well. Given that curcumin and turmeric are anti-inflammatory in nature, they work well to minimize inflammation and improve antioxidants required for healthy skin. Based on some test tube studies, curcumin can obstruct Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTor) which plays a major role in acne creation.
A basic home remedy for acne using turmeric suggests taking four tablespoons of turmeric along with some water and few drops of honey. The ingredients must be mixed well and kept in the refrigerator for few hours. After washing your face clean and dry, apply the turmeric paste onto your skin and leave it for ten to fifteen minutes. Then rinse it clear with water. Regular use of this remedy can result in a clear and acne free skin.
Though turmeric is less toxic, it can also result in some side effects when used an acne medicine. It also causes yellow stains when applied externally but the stains can be easily washed off. Turmeric is used as a culinary spice as well as a potential cure for acne irrespective of whether science has completely proven this fact or not. So many home remedies based on turmeric and curcumin may actually work if you try them right.