Turmeric for Dark Spots
Lately, I’ve gotten many inquiries about treatments for dark spots, blemishes and other hyperpigmentation on the skin. Clearly a problem that no one wants to have. I decided to share a quick inexpensive yet effective DIY treatment.
Organic Turmeric + Organic Wildflower Honey + Yogurt = problem solved!
Mix in a small bowl then apply to a clean face for 20-30 minutes daily until your problem areas become better. Rinse with cool water. Wear a dark shirt and use a washcloth that you don’t mind getting stained.
Always remember that anti-hyperpigmentation treatments should be done at night in order avoid the sunlight and to achieve maximum results and don’t forget your sunblock.
So hmmm, why Turmeric?
One of the latest of many studies completed in 2017, done to test the anti-hyperpigmentation effects of Turmeric and Bitter Melon leaves, proved that the combination of these two natural ingredients had a better effect on hyperpigmentation than the pharmaceutical cream containing hydroquinone 4%, tretinoin 0,05%, and fluocinolone acetonide 0,01%. Not surprising since we know for sure that turmeric has been used for hundreds of years for this exact reason! Its just now modern research has the science to support this knowledge.
Turmeric, the major ingredient of curry powder and prepared mustard, comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. It has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. This ancient spice gets its health benefits primarily because of curcumin, a bioactive component with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties inhibit pigmentation in the skin and can be effective in reducing the appearance of sun spots and pigmented scarring.
Through diet and supplementation, the active constituents are believed to help block melanin overproduction that is triggered by chronic sun exposure. Curcumin is reported to possess greater anti-inflammatory activity than ibuprofen with the standard oral dose of curcumin is 250-400 mg, three times a day.
In no way is this blog post meant to substitute or in lieu of medical advice. Do not ingest or start any herbal treatments without researching their full contradictions and side effects. I am not a doctor, just a human trying to heal with the power of nature.
Toni Rene Author
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