I use turmeric powder in cooking because I love the rich orange colour it gives food when added. It is also used in a lot of Indian cuisine. It has a spicy, bitter flavor and pleasant smell. The powder is derived from the root of a plant known as Curcuma longa. It is an excellent source of iron, manganese, vitamin B6, fiber and potassium.
The brown root is boiled to soften it up so it dries faster. The boiling also kills any harmful bacteria. The resulting mixture is drained, sliced and then dried out in the sun until it becomes very dry and hard (usually 10 – 15 days). It is then processed via a mill to make the powder.
So what does all this have to do with acne and hyper-pigmentation?
Turmeric is an excellent anti-oxidant. Additionally, a compound known as curcumin in the powder contains anti-inflammatory agents that have been proven to be even more effective than OTC products. This compound is also responsible for the bright orange-red colour of the powder.
Acne Cream Mask with Turmeric Powder & Natural Oils
Get a clean bowl and mix 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder with equal parts of coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil & almond oil until you form a medium consistency paste. Something close to mashed potatoes.
Apply this mask generously to your face and neck and leave on for up to an hour. Wash out with lukewarm water, then apply a moisturizer. Apply this mask 2 – 3 times a week.
It will take up to 3 months for an overall turnaround in your condition so remain patient and be consistent. Turmeric powder will leave a slight orange tinge on your skin but this will come out the next morning when you wash your face.
Get the Benefits of Turmeric Powder Internally
You can also get the benefits of turmeric powder through cooking as I mentioned above. You can add it in curries, sautéed vegetables, salads, soups and stews and dips. If you don’t like it in your food however, you can try a simple turmeric tea.
Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup of boiling water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add some agave nectar (optional) for taste and drink up. You can also put it in the fridge for a while and drink it as iced tea later on.
5 Tips for Using Turmeric Powder Effectively
- Turmeric powder should be stored away from light to protect its efficacy.
- Do not heat up the oils or the mask before applying it to your face. This will destroy its potency.
- Make a fresh batch for every treatment.
- Keep your turmeric powder in tightly closed containers. Exposure to open air will affect its taste and fragrance.
- The powder will stain your fingers so wear disposable gloves to protect your hands. However, the stain will come out after several washes if you don’t want to use gloves.
Be sure to purchase organic label turmeric powder. If you have some time, you can also make your own turmeric powder at home. Just purchase the dried root and mill it yourself, sieve then mill again until a fine uniform powder is achieved.