Average Rating 4.6/5
Review by nodown
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.