Turmeric for Acne {DIY}

A long time back I had done a post on home remedies for acne. So, I had a recent outbreak of cystic acne (I suppose coz it was painful and had a white head) and I decided it was better to suppress it before it became a fully blown acne which has to treated properly by a dermatologist. So, consequently, I tried the first remedy which came to my head – Turmeric. 
  • Turmeric
  • Water / Mineral Water
Mix them both so that it forms a smooth lotion and apply a layer on the spot of acne. Keep it on for a minimum time of 10 – 15 minutes or as long as you can. Wash it off. 
Well, I used this remedy once in a day before having bath. I kept it on for 10 – 15 minutes usually and then washed it off with face wash. I did this for around 2 days before it started showing any difference and after that, the acne started to dry up and subsided completely within a week. I used this as a spot treatment and the results were pretty good so next time you get an outbreak, you might want to test this one. Since turmeric has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps with problem skin.  


  1. says

    very nice tip..i think i will try this from today as i have some pimples on my cheek area.one thing i want to ask which turmeric we are suppose to use,the powder ones that comes in packets or the root that needed to be grinded before using?

  2. says

    hey Monali…thanks for reminding this point to me :) yup it is better to use the roots and grind them before using because they don’t have any adulteration or one can also use organic turmeric if you get it instead of the powder ones :)

  3. says

    Hi swati.i finally was able to get the turmeric roots from an Ayurvedic store.i am on my third day of trying this acne-remedy.i noticed that many of my angry-red acnes has reduced to smaller size.i will inform you when all these are gone.Thanks for you are such a help.

  4. Anonymous says

    very informative post thnx btw i have very ugly pimples on my face and i have started using turmeric therapy but results are very slow process. Is there any quick remedy???? pls reply i will be very grateful

    • says

      hi…home remedies are always slow and this turmeric thing took me two-three nights of consistent usage to get rid of the developing acne… I have no idea how long it takes for a developed one. and, I used the home ground turmeric powder not the one bought int he market. the one from the market can be adulterated and may not give the desired results. so, take your time and let it show some difference. at least use it for a week before discarding.
      and, regarding other remedies, check out this post: http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/01/spicy-spices-for-acne-diy.html
      hope this helps :) would love to know if you get any further problems.

  5. Priya says

    Hi Swati…does this treatment help in reducing the acne scars? i have a sensitive skin and have red rashes around my cheek areas…evrytime i get an acne it leaves red rash which doesnt disappear easily…

  6. Anonymous says

    hi swati..i have a dark complexion..can u pls tell me how can i get fair complexion?? and from past 4days m using haldi besan mix with curd..my skin is both oily as well as dry.. pls help me .. will be waiting for your reply..

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