What is turmeric and what are the true benefits for healthy skin care?
Turmeric is a popular ancient spice that is used as a flavoring and coloring agent in food items and as a medicinal herb for treating several disorders. The bright, yellow-orange spice is related to ginger. It’s available as a ground spice or in supplements and other beauty and skincare products.
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Helps to heal cuts and wounds - Topical turmeric ointments, lotions, creams, and masks can help reduce localized inflammation caused by acne, psoriasis, eczema, and burns.
Why is Turmeric Good for Your Skin?
It has anti-bacterial properties that help treat wounds and hasten healing, therefore preventing the spread of infection.
Turmeric and Aloe Vera combine to make a soothing paste for sunburned skin. It can also help bruising of the skin.
Turmeric and manuka honey paste are known to do wonders on cuts and wounds. It is also known to reduce the scaring of the wound.
Helps Psoriasis - Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disorder in which the immune system dysfunctions and causes skin lesions with white colored patches. It occurs majorly on the elbows, knees, scalp, back of the ears and neck but can occur in any area of the body.
In this disease, the immune system causes the inner skin cells to rise up to the surface of the skin very fast. A chronic version of this disorder is called arthritic psoriasis in which not just the skin, but the joints are also affected.
Oral consumption of turmeric has been scientifically proven to control psoriasis causing T-lymphocyte autoimmune proliferation.
Controlling these cells helps reduce their attack on the skin.
Applying turmeric as oils, masks, and creams on psoriasis affected skin can help reduce inflammation and scaling.
Those with psoriasis can ensure they add turmeric in their daily consumption.
Whether doing this by putting it in your tea, coffee, milk, curries, stews, roast vegetables, eggs or as a general seasoning.
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Helps in Treating Eczema - Eczema is a term, collectively used for a number of conditions that cause swelling, bruises, itching, redness and inflammation in the skin.
Also, called dermatitis, eczema is usually caused by irritants, stress, allergens, genetic makeup or other diseases. It is not contagious and is common in children.
The most common type of eczema is atopic eczema that causes dry and itchy skin leading to cuts and breaks.
Turmeric has been shown to reduce the skin irritation, rashes, itching, swelling, inflammation, and redness associated with most types of eczema.
It has the power to restore the hydration in the skin affected with atopic eczema and prevent the drying and scaling of the same.
Helps with Acne - Turmeric has the potential to kill the bacteria that cause acne and reduce the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands.
When combined with yogurt, honey and several other proven agents that are healthy for skin, and applied regularly, it prevents the appearance of acne and improves the texture of the skin.
The scientific reason shown behind acne reducing the action of turmeric is its antioxidant property. It reduces the amount of sebum secretion, controls the microbial growth on the skin, cleans up the pores and combats the reactive oxygen species that harm the skin.
Helps with other skin issues (dry skin, inflammation, redness) - Dry skin is caused due to excessive usage of medicated soaps and cosmetics, the sun, and wind. When skin becomes dry, it feels rough and can even develop cracks.
These cracks will begin to itch. Itching can lead to sores and bleeding. Allergic skin reactions can be caused by allergens in plants or chemicals, food or certain medications.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve swelling, inflammation, and redness. Wounds heal faster and itchiness reduces with a topical application of turmeric.
Its anti-inflammatory action and soothing effect help hydrate the skin and keep it healthy. Again, consuming turmeric with food helps cleanse the body internally and prevent the skin problems from arising on the surface.