Still struggling with acne? Not only will the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric help, but so will its antibacterial properties. 

Acne is commonly caused by the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes. This is typically treated with antibiotics, which are becoming less effective as a result of drug resistance. However, a 2013 study suggests curcumin combined with lauric acid is an effective way to combat acne-causing bacteria. 

You can use turmeric powder in combination with many skin-healthy DIY face mask ingredients, such as honey, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, or aloe. You can also purchase turmeric essential oil, however, keep in mind that this is usually very concentrated and must be diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Please note that essential oils are not meant to be swallowed.

Turmeric Face Mask for Clearer Skin

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon raw honey with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  2. Add a few drops of lemon juice if desired
  3. Mix into a thick paste and apply to skin
  4. Rinse with warm water after 10 to 15 minutes

For my next post on turmeric, I'll be sharing how you can use turmeric to heal wounds. Make sure you are following the Turmeric topic to stay up to date on all of the posts!

xox, Dr. G