Acne is a very common skin condition that is most prevalent at puberty but can affect people from all age groups. 

It’s a rash on the face, back and/or chest that consists of spots, oily skin and can be painful to the touch. It usually relieves over time but can scar if not treated.

Acne is a distressing condition for many, which is only exacerbated by the very stress it causes. In this article, we will look at both the causes and the potent remedy that comes in the form of turmeric.

Causes of acne

Caused by changing hormone levels that alter the levels of sebum being produced by the sebaceous glands, the bacterium on the face starts to become more aggressive, resulting in inflammation and pus.

Acne has also been found to be genetic. If one or both of your parents suffered, it’s possible that you might too at some point.

Since acne breakouts are linked to hormonal changes, women can experience episodes of acne during menstrual cycles or pregnancy too.

How turmeric can help

To summarise the condition, acne is basically the inflammation of the skin. It is important to bare in mind that there is no ‘cure’ for acne. There are however, many treatments available.

Inflammation is a tactic your body uses to help fight invaders. Without it, deadly diseases would have hardly any trouble threatening your life. Although beneficial in certain circumstances, it can have adverse effects if it becomes chronic and turns against your body’s very own tissue cells.

Turmeric is very well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years - mainly thanks to the bioactive curcumin it contains.

Curcumin helps by suppressing particular molecules that play a role in the inflammation process. Since acne is largely caused by inflammation, regular consumption of turmeric has been shown to help reduce the appearance of these pesky blemishes.


How to take turmeric?

You have a few options here. 

You probably already know turmeric as an ingredient in Indian and far eastern cuisine, which is a delicious way to incorporate turmeric into your diet and begin reaping the benefits. However, only consuming it in this manner does not allow for a particularly varied diet – especially given how much powdered turmeric you’d need to consume for its medicinal benefits to present.


A more convenient way to consume turmeric, either daily or as often as you like, is with turmeric shots, available from the Turmeric Co. Packed with 35g of raw turmeric in each and every bottle, you’re taking a giant leap towards suppressing that pesky acne – for a happier, healthier you.

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Thomas Robson-Kanu

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