Acne is a condition that causes lesions, known as blemishes, to appear on the skin. Severe cases of acne, which can result from stress or hormonal changes, can cause scarring. Alternative medicine practices use natural remedies to treat acne and scarring. Some methods may also help prevent acne. Consult your health care provider before using alternative medicine.
Turmeric is an herb that comes from the ginger family. It is reddish-orange in color when ground into a powder. Earthy, bitter and pungent in flavor, turmeric originated in South Asia. It is a popular spice used in Indian cooking due to its digestive qualities. In India's traditional medical system, ayurveda, turmeric is used to heal a variety of ailments such as inflammation, congestion, pain, skin problems, diabetes, gas and breathing problems. Be careful when using turmeric, as it may stain fabric.
Turmeric for Acne
Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico recommends using turmeric mixed with sandalwood powder to treat acne scars. Simply mix a teaspoon of the two spices and a small amount of water until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas and allow it to fully dry before washing it off. This treatment may be done up to three times a week until the symptoms subside.
Nutmeg is a spice that comes from a tree native to Indonesia. The aromatic spice is stimulating to the heart, brain and libido. It can also be useful in treating skin, liver, spleen and bladder problems. For patients with insomnia, ayurvedic practitioners often recommend adding a pinch of nutmeg to warm milk before sleep. Using too much nutmeg can have psychoactive effects, so use it sparingly and only when needed.
Nutmeg for Acne
For spot treating your acne scars, using a small amount of nutmeg with water may be effective. Before bed, spread the nutmeg mixture on the affected areas. To create a nutmeg mask useful for acne scarring, try mixing 1 tsp. of nutmeg with 1/2 tsp. of honey. Spread the mixture on the affected area and allow it to dry for 15 minutes. Remove the mask with warm water and repeat three times a week until scarring improves.
- "Ayurveda, the Science of Self-Healing"; Dr. Vasant Lad; 1984
- "Ayurveda, a Life of Balance"; Maya Tiwari; 1994