Um, wow. That's what I have to say about this stuff. Two nights ago after reading reviews, I mixed together 1/2 tsp of turmeric with 1 tbsp of yogurt (mine was nonfat, not sure if this matters). I left it on for half an hour, washed it off well. No yellow stain on my face. Thought I might have noticed a minor difference, but I couldn't really tell for sure. Yesterday I was bored, had the leftover mixture in the fridge, and did it again for a half hour. When I washed it off my skin was left with more of a yellow cast than the last time, so it was hard to assess if there was a difference. Later, I had a shower, normal routine, and when I got out, all the yellow stain was gone, and instantly I noticed a *huge* difference. My skin is not the best: the tone is off, acne hyperpigmentation, active acne, etc. It just doesn't look healthy. I'm pretty self conscious about it without at least a tinted moisturizer. I am quite pale, and I wouldn't say this mask was whitening in the sense that it made me paler, but it somehow pulled all the yucky purple and red tones out, and left me with the pretty kind of pale skin I yearn for: even, porcelain, healthy, lit from within. I am thrilled. I've never before used a single skincare product that made this dramatic an improvement in my appearance. After two uses, no less. I can't attest to a difference in acne, because I'm not breaking out right now, and I'll have to try it longer to see if it's preventative. I do feel like my skin is producing less oil than usual since I tried this, though. I'm going to use this at least once a week, and I'll update with my results. p.s. I stained a towel when I was drying my face, be warned. Use one you don't care about.
LOVE turmeric/honey facial masks! When I use this mask (once per week) my skin glows and the tone is very even! I mix about a teaspoon with enough honey to spread evenly over my entire face, leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, and simply wash off with warm water.
As other reviewers have warned turmeric will indeed impart a permanent yellow stain to all fabrics, so please use with caution.
I just buy the basic spice in the spice aisle of the grocery store and it works fantastically! It's very cheap, keeps forever, and you use very little in your masks. No nasty chemicals, fragrances, or irritants.
This is my go-to facial mask that works better than anything manufactured and marketed.
I use this in a mask with besan flour and rose water and/or milk/yoghurt. I've found it to be very good at lightening scars and preventing future break outs.
I also take a quarter to a half teaspoon of turmeric, once a day, (in a mixture with other powders) with hot water to just heal my acne from the inside. It's has great healing properties. In the beginnig it was fairly horrible taking the powder, but slowly slowly i've got used to it and now know how to hold some warm water in the back of my mouth first, and just sort of tip the turmeric in quickly and swallow more water quickly to wash it down.
I know it sounds weird, but this has really helped my skin to heal quicker and scar less. Thought I'd just share it on here in case it can help anyone esle.
Sigh. Unfortunately this *does* work, haha. I say unfortunately because it is messy as hell and stains like crazy. It isn't very flattering...but I don't have a boyfriend and I'm working from home so I'm fine for now, haha. I always try to remember turmeric, oatmeal, lemon juice, and sugar scrubs. honestly these are the best things that have worked for my rather persistent acne. Cheap too, hooray. my sister still swears by proactiv somehow haha.
Turmeric is incredible. I find that a thick paste of turmeric and honey applied overnight on a zit greatly reduces scarring and redness. Of course, turmeric stains absolutely everything, but I'm willing to put up with it for what it does for my skin!
I mix turmeric powder with a tiny bit of water using a q-tip and then apply it to acne scars with the same. I have tried leaving it on overnight, but I think it sort of defeats the purpose as you cannot will yourself to sleep on your back the entire night. I have marks on my right cheekbone, and I found that turmeric only transferred onto my ear by the morning, making it so difficult to remove. Usually, I put it on when I know I don't have to go anywhere the rest of the day, so I can leave it on for as many hours as I can stand. If you mix it with ACV instead of water, the smell definitely lingers, but with water, there is virtually no discernible scent. I take it off with water and soap, and a bit later, I use my Queen Helene mint mask on the same spots. Once it dries, I find that it takes off much of the yellow tinge left on my skin. I always wait at least 30 minutes after to try to wash it away because it cannot be done at once! You will only irritate your skin if you try, which is why you should only use this if you have nowhere to be! I notice a slight fading of my scars after using turmeric twice, so I will definitely keep using it. Rose hip oil is the only other product that has worked on my acne scars, I massage it into my skin for as long as I can (I usually watch tv while doing so, for about 30 minutes), and I have seen results after about 2 weeks. As another reviewer said, it is best to wash away the excess in a stainless steel sink, as it does stain otherwise! And if you don't have an Indian grocery near by, you can always purchase the McCormick spice in any chain grocery store - it's about $3 for 26 grams and a little goes a long way, and it is just as potent.
in india women often use a mask of turmeric, yoghurt, and besan (chickpea flour). the yoghurt exfoliates, the turmeric cleans and disinfects, and the besan binds the whole thing together to make it a pleasant experience. the recipe i use is 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp yoghurt, 1 1/2-2 tbsp besan. it leaves an instant glow, my hubby always comments on how fresh i look after i wash it off, and it literally peels of all the dead skin so that you can post a before/ after pic and you would see a big difference. it is the most effective mask for acne, and hyper- pigmentation due to acne or sun damage. if u add like 1/4 tsp organic acv (albeit it will stink, so do it only if u can bear the smell on ur face for 1/2 hr cause it wont go away <-- IMO) it will make the mask a million times more effective, if i cud bear the stink i would def put acv in each time i use it but even without acv it makes a huuuge difference in ur skin. use it!!! the recipe i put up will make alot of it, u prob dont need so much but i do have a tendency to pack it on my face and neck like crazy so for me its just enough..
I've been breaking out like crazy lately and my usual products (Tazorac and an AHA gel) weren't as effective. I remembered reading about turmeric as effective on acne and decided it was worth a try. A bottle of the spice is only around $6 at the supermarket (and I'm sure it's cheaper if you can get it in bulk).
I mixed a tablespoon of turmeric powder with two tablespoons of plain yogurt and a squirt of honey. This makes quite a lot so I keep the extra in a plastic wrapped dark ceramic mug in the fridge. (It's easier to remember to apply it if I don't have to mix up a new batch each time.) By the way, it doesn't stain my fingers or sinks, etc. as long as I clean them immediately.
I applied a thin layer all over my face and added a little extra to the cysts. Then I left it on for about 30 minutes. I rinse off with warm water, scrubbing gently, then wash with a cleanser before using a microfiber cloth to dry off my face. The microfiber does an excellent job of lifting off the yellow stain the turmeric leaves behind, but might be too much exfoliation for those with delicate skin. In that case, I'd use oil to cleanse or a plain yogurt mask to lift the stain.
I didn't see instant results, but I noticed that my cysts were smaller, flatter, and not painful the next morning. I did not notice a big difference in post-acne marks until after the third night I did the turmeric mask. They were fading about as fast as they do when I use a lightening gel (Physician's Formula with hydroquinone), which is pretty great since the gel is expensive and HQ might pose health problems in the long run.
Warning: The mask won't just dry up your zits--it will do so for the rest of your face. This might be OK for oily-skinned folks, but for everyone else, I suggest limiting the use of the mask to a few times/week to give your skin a break. You can get rid of flaky skin with a paste of sugar+honey (and a squirt of aloe, if you have any). Apply the mixture to your face and gently scrub, rinse off, and apply a drop of facial oil (jojoba is good).
Overall, I'm happy with the turmeric mask and glad to have it in my skincare arsenal. Turmeric is not a miracle, but it's cheap and effective, which is good enough for me.
Turmeric is the most amazing, natural, healing (plant/spice) product the earth has given us. I too have spent years and money on fancy, overated rubbish and can honestly say a turmeric mask beats them all hands down.
I usually mixed with water, honey or lemon. Paint on with a cheap foundation brush, leave for 15 mins plus (the longer the better) a couple of times a week and the redness goes, spots coming retreat away and my skin is smoother. I had scars from spots and they have almost disappeared.
Hyperpigmentation and sun spots have gone and I am now so proud of my pale smooth skin I no longer care about tanning and wear factor most of the time.
Gettig rid is easy, milk or yogurt on some pads and then a another wash latter.
Cheap and natural and wonderful. Don't worry about staining, give it a go xxx !!
OH.MY.GAWD!!! I'm 26...and I can finally tell the difference between bacterial and hormonal acne! Yea yea, now u guys will try n tell me its caused by t same organism, blah blah...but the treatments are permanent based on the cause! And all this while...i had occasional hormonal acne that disappeared with spot treatments from Clinique and wat not..with stuff lyk benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, etc. BUT when I had a recent breakout...after trying out stuff at a makeup counter, i got cystic painful pERSISTENT acne that was taking over my LIFE! I cudn't look at my face in the MIRROR anymore! My face was all red, bumpy, painful...yuck! Enter: Turmeric powder. Its pathetic how I'm Indian and i didn't think of this earlier...an English woman reminded me! ;) Turmeric is a great antibacterial...but I know its strong too...what old wives tales suggest is, u mix a 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon of ground chickpea flour (called 'besan'/ chana ka aatta' in India) in water..make a thick paste and apply it over the affected areas. Preferably in the evening. OMG..the VERY NEXT DAY, all my acne were flat and there was no redness/ pain!!! I am SURPRISED at how GOOD this stuff works! Have been using it for 3 days now and my skin IS BACK TO NORMALCY with some dirty scars that need tym! I would SIGN MY NAME for this review! Its dirt cheap and 100% effective for bacterial acne!
Caution: u may experience some slight burning/itching/ even rash the first tym you use it...but with continued use, those effects vanish and it jus cleans your face. Also, Use it only once a day cuz too much of a good thing could cause drying of your skin.