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What Is Turmeric And Why Is It Good For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin?

It's not just for your food!
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If you've been dealing with an acne-prone and oily complexion for most of your life, then you're pretty much aware of the usual ingredients used in blemish-busting products such as retinol, salicylic acid, and niacinamide. If you want to go the plant-based or the natural route for a change, let us turn your attention to turmeric.

Ahead, we listed down the benefits of this well-loved skincare ingredient, plus the best turmeric-infused products you can use to score a clear complexion:

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is a common spice in Asian dishes, particularly in India and Thailand. This yellow-orange ingredient is also what gives curry its distinct flavor and color. Other than its culinary benefits, turmeric is also widely believed to have tons of skin-healing properties. Indian women, in particular, have incorporated this into their routines for centuries.

Turmeric's major ingredient, curcumin, is said to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. Below, the benefits of this popular spice:

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What are the benefits of turmeric for the skin?

  1. It evens out skin pigmentation.

    If you've got tons of dark spots left by breakouts or caused by frequent sun exposure, add turmeric to your routine. One study showed that a turmeric-infused cream reduced hyperpigmentation by about 14 percent after four weeks of use.

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  2. It soothes acne breakouts.

    Turmeric is an effective ingredient to calm down pimples because it's a natural antiseptic.

  3. It helps soothe psoriasis.

    Several studies have shown that turmeric can provide relief for those who have psoriasis.

  4. It delays signs of aging.

    Curcumin, the major ingredient in turmeric, has strong antioxidant properties that keep free radicals in check. It also helps stimulate new cell growth to reveal youthful-looking skin.

Here are the best turmeric-infused products to get you started:

  1. Diva White Turmeric Soap

    If it's your first time diving into the world of turmeric, this bar soap is a good first product to try. It deep cleans your pores and soothes breakouts due to its high antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It's also infused with sunflower oil to keep your skin soft and supple.

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     Turmeric Soap, P80, BeautyMNL


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  2. The Healthy Grocery Raw Turmeric

    If you're more of a DIY kind of girl, you can use raw turmeric powder to create skin-clearing face mask concoctions. Try this recipe: Combine turmeric powder, rice flour, and tomato juice. This mixture can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and leave behind a youthful glow! Here are a more recipes you can try.

    The Healthy Grocery
     Raw Turmeric, P389, BeautyMNL


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  3. The Inkey List Turmeric Moisturizer

    This moisturizer from The Inkey List is loaded with skin-loving ingredients like turmeric to help lessen redness, squalene oil to provide hydration, and vitamin E to smoothen out your complexion.

    The Inkey List
     Turmeric Moisturizer, P930, Sephora


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  4. First Aid Beauty Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask

    Slather on this jelly mask from First Aid Beauty if your skin has been looking stressed out lately. It contains ginger and turmeric to revitalize your complexion and vitamin C to help even out hyperpigmentation.

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     Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask, P2,042, Sephora


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  5. Edible Beauty Turmeric Beauty Latte Serum

    This serum from Edible Beauty has a concentrated blend of turmeric extract, snow mushroom, and licorice root. It helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, soothe painful breakouts, and give your skin a healthy glow!

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     Turmeric Beauty Latte Serum, P2,315, Sephora


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  6. Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

    Recharge your skin once a week by applying this energizing face mask from Kiehl's. It helps to brighten and invigorate tired and dull-looking complexions. It also has finely-ground cranberry seeds that provide a gentle exfoliation.

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     Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, P2,800, Greenbelt 3

  7. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil

    This lightweight oil by cult-favorite brand Sunday Riley has a combination of vitamin C, turmeric, and evening primrose oil that promises to soothe, hydrate, and leave your skin glowing.

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     C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil, P4,770, Sephora


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