More and more men and women are choosing herbs and natural remedies to get rid of acne. While the market is flooded with acne creams and medicines; people are finding many of them ineffective and expensive. Also, people are becoming aware of the harmful ingredients in skincare products used for treating acne. As a result, they are turning to natural, herbal products for acne treatment. Turmeric is one such herb which is being used to combat acne and acne scars. In this guide, we will study ways to apply turmeric on face daily and some simple recipes of turmeric mask for overnight use. Before we move on to ways in which you can use turmeric for acne overnight, let us study its properties.
What is turmeric?
Women have been using turmeric since ages for a variety of skin issues. This ingredient is widely recommended in Ayurveda-the Indian holistic and ancient medical science. Turmeric root is prized for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. You can take this herb internally and also use it topically for eliminating infection-causing bacteria. Turmeric is especially beneficial for fighting upper respiratory infections, sore throat and other bacterial infections that lead to phlegm and mucus production.
Turmeric’s antibacterial properties can be effective against P.acnes bacteria that cause acne. The bacteria react with sebum and dirt in clogged hair follicles and cause inflammation resulting in zits and pustules. Turmeric can eliminate the bacteria when applied topically. However, turmeric has the property of staining things yellow. So be very careful when handling turmeric. You can wear protective gloves and smock or apron to protect your clothing form yellow stains.
1. With cinnamon
This is a great remedy to leave overnight. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and combined with turmeric, it can reduce scarring and blemishes.
Mix ½ tsp of ground cinnamon with ½ tsp of organic honey and a pinch of turmeric. Mix it well to make a paste. Apply it on the acne scars and leave it on overnight. Wash off with warm water the next day. Repeat this treatment twice a week to see results.
2. With milk
Make a thick paste of turmeric with warm milk. Apply this to the face. Massage it well. Once the paste dries, wash off with mild cleanser and warm water. Do not keep this longer than necessary as turmeric can stain your skin. You can also make a mask of turmeric with yogurt.
3. With Neem
Neem is a great Ayurvedic recipe for acne, boils, skin rashes etc. It is available in the form of powder and oil. Make a paste of neem oil with turmeric and apply to the skin. Massage and let sit for a few minutes before washing off. You may use this turmeric acne mask overnight. The combined antimicrobial properties of neem and turmeric blast the germs away and keep your skin clean and clear.
4. With Lemon juice
Mix a few drops of lemon juice with turmeric and apply it to acne scars. Wash off after half an hour. Lemon juice lightens blemishes whereas turmeric eradicates the bacteria from the skin’s pores.
5. With Aloe Vera
Mix a pinch of turmeric with Aloe gel and apply it on the pimples. This mask is especially beneficial for initial breakout as it halts the pimples from leaving scars. Another great addition to this mask is rosewater and honey. Apply the thick paste to the blemishes to brighten complexion.
6. With chickpea flour/gram flour
Mix 1 tbsp of chickpea flour and a pinch of turmeric. Add water bit by bit and whisk continuously to make a thick paste. Apply this to the face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. This is a fantastic masque for people having oily skin. It may be used daily to prevent acne and blemishes.
7. With sandalwood powder
This mask is sure to give you glowing skin. Mix 1 tsp each of honey, sandalwood powder, and gram flour. Add a few drops of rosewater and a pinch of turmeric. Make a smooth paste. Apply to problem areas and allow it to dry completely. Next, add a few drops of water to the dry mask and massage for a few minutes. Remove with cool water. For best results, use the mask 3 times a week.
8. With baking soda
Mix baking soda and turmeric with rose water. Apply this on the dry skin and pimples. Massage gently. Wash off after 5 minutes. Repeat 2 times a week.
9. With coriander juice -overnight mask for blackheads and acne
Crush a few coriander leaves in the blender. Mix the juice with turmeric and apply this mixture on nose, chin, cheeks and all other areas having acne. Leave it on overnight. Repeat 2 times a week for glowing, blemish free complexion.
Some people experience turmeric burning sensation; if this occurs, discontinue use of mask. In most cases, these recipes with turmeric for acne overnight masks are safe to use on sensitive skin.