It’s a part of life that all of us have gone through; those awkward teenage years full of hormone imbalances, mood swings, and of course, a face full of acne. Acne is caused by blocked follicles that result from over stimulated sebaceous glands, usually on the back, the torso, and especially on the face. Though it is most often a problem associated with adolescent and teenagers, it can continue to affect people for years on end.
Many people attempt to control their acne through prescription or over the counter face creams and lotions that often contain steroids and other powerful ingredients. Though these creams can be successful in combating acne, they may also leave behind a host of other skin problems that can cause skin irritation, swelling, itchiness and other problems.
Recent studies, however, have shown that there are alternative treatment options that are based on natural ingredients and show promising ability to treat acne without causing a variety of uncomfortable and potentially dangerous side effects.
Turmeric is a root that originates from India and is the main ingredient in curry, a spice often used for Indian, Thai and other eastern cuisines. It has also been used medicinally for thousands of years and its natural benefits for skin care have been used by Ayurvedic cultures for decades. Making a turmeric mask for acne is a great, natural way to deal with that the zits that we all despise.
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How can a Homemade Turmeric Face Mask Help Acne Problems
Turmeric has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, both of which would help you deal with your acne problems. Many skin specialists have identified that bacteria in the environment are one of the main causes that can lead to acne build up. Even if you’re washing your face constantly, if you spend time in an environment where exposure to acne-causing bacteria is a reality, you’ll need some other sort of treatment!
The main ingredient in turmeric, cucurmin, is the property that gives turmeric its medicinal properties. Curcurmin is a powerful ingredient that has a number of medicinal properties. Not only is it an antibacterial and anti fungal, but it also has an extremely high level of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are essential vitamins and minerals that will help your face combat the effects of aging. So while you´re using your turmeric face mask to get rid of that pimple on the end of your nose, you´re also revitalizing your skin, helping it to stay elastic and youthful.
To make a simple turmeric face mask for acne, simply add 3 tablespoons of turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon of milk to make a thick paste. Take a long, warm shower to make sure your skin pores are opened up and when you´re completely dry, rub a small amount of the paste on the acne-affected areas of your face. You should leave the paste on for at least an hour or two, but you could leave it on overnight. However, turmeric will stain everything yellow so if you toss and turn in bed, you might find your pillow with yellow blotches on it in the morning.
The paste will harden up so it’s necessary to thoroughly wash your face. You will notice a slight yellow color to your face. If you have a darker skin tone, the color of the turmeric will actually accentuate your naturally tanned skin. If you’re lighter skinned, you can use a little bit of toner to cover up the yellowness until it goes away after a day or two. Repeat this face mask treatment once a week until you see an improvement in your acne problems.
Honey Turmeric Mask for Acne Scars
Some people deal with such serious acne problems during their adolescent years that it can leave scars and pock marks making your face resemble the cratered surface of the moon. Luckily, it is possible to make a honey turmeric mask for acne scars. Simply add two tablespoons of turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon of milk and 1 tablespoon of honey and mix it together to create a thick paste. Apply it in the same way as the turmeric face mask.
Both honey and turmeric contain natural anti-inflammatory properties. This combination will help you deal with acne scars while also adding the nutrients, lubrication and anti-oxidants your face needs to recover from a rough bout of acne.
Turmeric can be found at most any health food store, in either dried powders or in the fresh root form. If you´re really adventurous, you even try and plant some of the fresh root as a window plant to maintain your own fresh supply of turmeric for years to come.