Hi I've never posted here, and I'm glad that I don't have to. The reason: Turmeric.
I initially tried Turmeric (a spice primarily used in indian food) to get rid of some cysts on my inner leg. It worked to cure those cysts virtually overnight, so I kept taking it to make sure they didn't come back.
Then about two weeks after I started the daily Turmeric capsules I noticed the acne on my face, chest and back had disappeared. This was over 5 months ago, and my face is clearer than it's ever been in my life.
Previous treatments for acne included:
Monthly chemical peels at the dermatologist
Every type of topical cream, ointment, lotion, astringent, tonic known to mankind
THREE courses of Acutane (boo acutane!)
That stuff that Jessica S**mpson is pushing (can't remember name...that's how well it worked)
Going on birth control pills
More topical medicines
Squeezing and popping, steaming my face twice a week
Every facial wash on the market
Erythromycin topical treatment
And I'm sure I am forgetting some.
Bottom line is: Everyone I've talked to said that it either cured their acne, or gave them a substantial improvement in their acne. I found out about it as a treatment for cysts on a alternative medicine board. Most people (around 95% reported their cysts gone, and a lot of people said it cured their acne, too). I never believed in herbal cures...thought it was a bunch of bull. I am very scientifically minded so it is a miracle I even tried turmeric. It has been nothing short of a miracle for me so I thought I'd share the love and hopefully help a lot of people suffering from acne get some relief. Go to an ethnic store and buy yourself a cheap bag of turmeric (make sure it's pure turmeric...no other spices in it), mix a tablespoon with water and gulp away. One glass a day. OR, do what I do because I hate the taste: Go the a health food store and buy the capsules (a little more expensive, but worth it to me). I started with two capsules in the morning and two at night for a week. Then cut back to two a day. Be sure and drink two extra glasses of water a day, as this stuff kinda dehydrates you at first. Also, turmeric acts as a blood purifier and blood THINNER, so if you have any blood diseases or are getting ready to undergo surgery I would stay away until your doc says it's ok to take it.
Another awesome thing turmeric did for me: No more nightmares. Strange, I know, but for what ever reason, I don't have them anymore. My memory has also improved. Go figure.
Btw I am 42 years old, female, pre menopause. I'd had acne since I was 12 until 5 months ago. I still put benzomycin gel on my face three times a week at night to keep the oilies away, but the acne is GONE!! :) yay!!!!
yes you r right. turmric is fantastic home remedy. well we use it a lot in our indian cooking. even you can apply it on your face as a facepack also. it gives glow to the skin. it is an ayurvedic remedy.
I'm so glad to hear your acne has healed. I have never heard of this remedy. I would not advise applying tumeric to the face as rammi suggests as this could be irritating to skin. Anyone considering herbal remedies should check with their doctor first, and ensure the herbal remedy is not contra-indicated with any other medications.
Thank you for sharing! I've tried everything under the sun too and nothing has worked! I'd like to try tumeric pills now. Can you give some advice on which pills are best? There are a lot out there, which brand do you use? And at which shop/website did you buy it? Lastly, someone else mentioned that they thought it turned their skin more yellow. Did that happen with you?
hey thanks for puting this up , ihave been taking accutane afor more then a month and the breakout is frustating , and after reading ure post i was thinking of using turmeric , dou think i could use it while im on accutane??? i cant get the pills around my place but ill get cheap turmeric from indian stores here !!
You can go to any indian grocery store and pick up a cream called vicco tumeric cream. I put it twice a day. I feel like i have noticed a huge difference. Less acne and the black acne scars have faded almost completely. I love it. I also wash my face with a indian soap called neem soap before i put the vicco tumeric cream. Neem is an herb that has antiseptic qualities. Excellent!
I just get turmeric from the indian shop and it really cheap. I mix it with water and yeh it really yucky, but my acne has reduced heaps and it doesn't seam to be coming back. i put two teaspoons of turmeric with about a cup of water. Turmeric is so good especially when ingested, because it is helping to detox the liver. The liver needs to be detoxed so it can help balance the hormones levels in the body. If the liver isn't working properly, fats can not be metabolised properly, as a result fat needs to seep into the skin pores, rather then going into the blood stream.
way late, but just read this.
if you are taking accutane i would not recommend you trying anything else unless you check with your dermatologist first.
that drug is so potent, i'm sure you have read that it makes you super sensitive to vitamin a, who knows what other side effects it can cause?
in fact i would recommend not taking accutane. it is the worst drug ever. i took it, and i regret it.
Turmeric is a great skin beautifier and it controls acne. Most Americans rely on medicines and never seem to get the results they are promised or looking for. take a look around, how many Indian women, Turkish women, Pakistanian women and so forth with awful skin that is saturated in makeup? Ummm hardly any. natural remedies arent for everyone, but obviously they work because yeas ago there was not a face cream, or dove soap. Hvae anyone ever thought the chemicals in the soaps is what aggravates ones skin. No they only read the box and think its all true. from the Nubian Beauty!!!
I completely agree with lilyput! My experience is very similar, though I only used prescription antibiotics and "anti-acne" face creams previously.
Turmeric tea is the only thing that has worked on the baseline level of acne left after the antibiotics controlled the worst of it.
1tsp organic turmeric, 1 tsp organic ginger, add to pan of boiling water, simmer very gently for 5-10 mins, add a squeeze of lemon/honey if you like, drink throughout the day - i put mine in a thermos in the morning to keep it warm.
More people should know about this EFFECTIVE, healthy, economical, environmentally sound remedy for acne. In my case it is the only thing that has worked in a preventive way.
This is awesome and encouraging! Thank you for your post.
I have been dealing with acne for the past 8 years and can totally relate with all the chemical (oral/topical) remedies for acne. I finally wanted to find a natural, long-lasting cure. I switched to a vegan diet 5 months ago, have now introduced a raw diet in order to treat my acne from within. I read about many natural treatments like apple cider vinegar, baking soda masks, clay, and stumbled across honey+turmeric masks and moisturising with oil (I use jojoba oil). Coming off Accutane and introducing the vegan lifestyle flared my skin up very badly (I read about this being a healing crisis) and after reaching a peak it gradually calmed down, with less and less breakouts. I really hope ingesting turmeric now will speed up the process!
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