Recently a friend of mine came by bearing a jar of Turmeric. Obviously she knows me quite well and was sure I could make good use of this powerful healing spice. An anti-oxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory, Indians have known of the benefits of Turmeric for thousands of years. Being that it is used in many Ayurvedic recipes, Turmeric is known for fixing everything from dandruff to swimmer's ear to even curing cancer. Turmeric has a variety of uses, but today I want to talk about its effects on acne and skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation.
Turmeric is used for acne because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties which fight breakouts. It can help remove redness from pimples as well as the marks they leave behind, reduces inflammation and evens out skin discolorations. Turmeric is also good for oily skin because it helps regulate the production of sebum, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands.
Take note, a turmeric mask may not be suitable for all skin tones. Though the benefits are universal for every skin type, it will temporarily stain fair skin leaving it looking sallow. On the other hand, the yellow tint of a turmeric mask will leave medium to dark skin tones with a radiant glow! Women of color also are prone to discoloration post acne due to the abundance of melanin (what gives our skin its color) in their skin, and as I said before, Turmeric will even out an uneven complexion, vanishing post-acne marks and creating overall radiance to the skin. Here's a recipe to make your own skin brightening Turmeric mask!
2 tbsp. Kaolin Clay
1/4 tsp. ground Turmeric
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1/4 tsp. Manuka Honey