Turmeric for Pimples
Turmeric is an Indian spice obtained from the dried root of native plant. It is commonly used in the East to flavor and preserve food, but has also been used for its many medicinal benefits including the treatment of pain, inflammation and even acne.
According to Medical News Today, a pimple is a pustule or papule--inflamed lesions on the skin--that are infected by bacteria and become filled with pus. Pimples are caused when the glands beneath the skin produce too much sebum, causing the pores to become blocked. Pimples can occur on the face, back, shoulders and chest. They can be painful and cause emotional distress.
What Causes Pimples?
Medical News Today, explains that pimples are caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin become overactive. When the pores begin to fill with sebum, or oil, sometimes dead skin cells or dirt will stick to them so that the pores become blocked. Once the pores become blocked, bacteria begins to grow there, resulting in inflammation and the growth of pustules. This is most likely to happen during adolescence, although it may happen to some women as they go through menopause.
Turmeric has been used in medicine for hundreds of years. According to Herbal Legacy, it has always been popular in ayurvedic medicine, where it is used to treat digestive disorders, burns, sprains, cuts, insect bites, skin irritation, joint pain and swelling. It is becoming increasingly popular today in Western herbal medicine, where it is often recommended to treat pimples and acne.
The most active ingredient contained in turmeric is curcumin. According to Advance Health, curcumin from turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. These are beneficial for the treatment of pimples because turmeric can reduce the swelling and redness caused by acne. It can also kill the bacteria in blocked pores as well as preventing any more bacteria from building up.
According to the Nutritional Supplement Educational Center, turmeric is considered very safe to use, both as a supplement or a topical application. You should not take turmeric if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Possible side effects may include digestive problems. You should always consult a doctor before using turmeric.
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