Turmeric is a spice that is linked to treatment for several health conditions, including inflammation and digestive disorders, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. It also appears in some types of food, including curry and mustard. Hirsutism is a condition characterized by male hair growth patterns in females. Proponents of home remedies sometimes recommend using turmeric topically to treat this condition. Talk with your doctor before using any type of alternative medicine because it may interfere with prescription medications.
How It Works
Turmeric is recommended for hair removal because it helps soften and dissolve the hair when applied to the area. Women who suffer from hirsutism typically see hair growth that resembles a man's on their face, chest and back. Applying turmeric, in combination with other natural ingredients, to these parts of the body may improve the condition and make the coarse hair less noticeable.
Turmeric is a powder and must be combined with other items to help it stick to the areas where you want to remove hair. Roshni Dayal, author of "Natural Beauty Secrets From India," suggests combining 2 teaspoons of turmeric with milk to form a paste. Apply the mixture to the unwanted hair and leave it on until your skin feels tight. Wash with cold water. Another option recommended by Dayal is to combine equal amounts of turmeric powder and whole-wheat flour. Add sesame oil until the mixture is a thick paste and apply to the affected areas. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then gently remove the turmeric treatment with warm water. Turmeric and warm coconut oil is another combination to remove unwanted hair.
Contact With Skin
Despite its potential benefits for ridding yourself of unwanted hair, turmeric may cause skin irritation in some people. If you notice red bumps, a rash, itching, dry skin, blisters or pain in the area where you used a turmeric mixture on your skin, discontinue use and contact your dermatologist for an alternative form of treatment. This condition is called contact dermatitis and isn't life threatening or dangerous. However, scratching itchy skin may cause it to crack, increasing your risk of a bacterial infection in the area.
Turmeric is bright yellow and is likely to stain your skin where you apply it. This may not be an issue when used on your chest or back, but placing a turmeric treatment on your face might produce a yellowish hue to the area. Avoid use if you need to be seen soon after. Dayal recommends dipping a cotton ball in milk and lightly rubbing the stained area to help remove the color. Turmeric is not medically approved as a treatment for hirsutism and should not replace any forms of treatment prescribed by your doctor.