Most people think about a yellow spice that is used in curry when they think of turmeric. Although that is true, it is also a popular health food that has been reported to be able to clear acne and treat acne scars1.
What is Turmeric?
- Curcuma longa is the biological name for a plant native to Asia. It's a close relative of ginger and it is known for its spicy, smoky flavor.
- More than likely, you have turmeric in your cabinet at home. It is a byproduct of the root being dried and powdered and it shows up as an orange or golden spice. It is often found in Indian cuisine and you can find it at your local grocery store.
- Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine 2have used turmeric for centuries to treat various health problems. It is said to be a treatment for anything from indigestion to inflammation. It can also be found in folk medicine as a treatment for diaper rash, psoriasis, and acne.
- More people are looking to natural remedies to treat their various problems, and turmeric is on definitely trending upwards.
Turmeric vs Curcumin
- People often confuse turmeric and curcumin. In reality, they are similar because curcumin is one of the components found in turmeric.
- There are over 300 components that have already been identified in turmeric and curcumin has been studied more than the rest of the components. People often use the words turmeric and curcumin interchangeably when they talk about the benefits of using the spice for your health.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
- Turmeric is said to have anti-aging properties as well as being a strong antioxidant. It has also been used as a possible treatment for diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease3, and arthritis.
- Researchers have also been looking into turmeric as a natural cancer treatment.
- Oral and topical turmeric have been the subject of a number of studies4.
Turmeric Antibacterial Benefits
- One of the benefits of turmeric as far as acne is concerned is the bacteria that may be associated with the condition5.
- An issue that leads to inflammatory acne is Propionibacteria acnes (P. acnes), a type of bacteria that is commonly found on the skin.
- Some of the studies point to the possibility that curcumin can kill P. acnes even better than azelaic acid, a common acne drug.
Turmeric's Anti-Inflammatory Properties
One of the most well-known benefits of turmeric is how it can reduce inflammation6. This could also include the inflammation associated with acne, regardless of whether you're taking it orally or using it topically.
Turmeric and Acne
- Cooking with Turmeric: The easiest way to get turmeric into your routine is to add it to your diet. You can use it in soup, stew, rice, steamed vegetables or curries.
- Turmeric tea : You can also drink turmeric in a tea form. Many of the teas that you purchase prepackaged contain the spice or you can make your own.
- Taking supplements: Another option you may want to consider is using a curcumin or turmeric supplement. As long as you follow the directions on the package, it is considered to be safe. If you take too much, it could upset your stomach and you may want to consult your doctor before you begin such a regimen. There may be medications that could interact with curcumin.
- Use it as a mask or soap: If you plan on using a turmeric mask, especially if it is a DIY mask, you need to test it on a part of your body other than your face. Put a little on your elbow or your inner arm, wait a few minutes and then rinse it off. Keep a close eye on your skin to check for any irritation or a rash over the next 24 hours.
To make sure you are getting enough of this super spice, we recommend taking NATURELO Turmeric and Ginger Extract with BioPerine daily.
1. Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence, 2016 Aug;30(8):1243-64. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5640. Epub 2016 May 23
3. Role of curcumin in systemic and oral health: An overview2013 Jan-Jun; 4(1): 3–7