Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is widely known for having many health benefits. It has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to heal skin wounds, help stomach issues, and improve blood circulation. One of the most important active compounds in turmeric, curcumin, also has health benefits such as anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-fungal. One of the most noticeable positive effects that curcumin has on this body is its ability to heal the skin.
A new study has shown that turmeric is able to heal skin wounds faster than they can heal on their own. Turmeric can also reduce the chances of having a noticeable scar following surgeries or injuries.
For oily skin, which can lead to breakouts, turmeric can reduce the production of sebum which will in turn reduce acne. If turmeric cream is used twice a day, it can help facial skin be clear due to its components of fatty acids and phytosterols, which reduce skin oils.
Too much exposure to the skin over time will results in skin damage, such as wrinkled and saggy skin and possibly skin cancer. Turmeric, however, has shown to help protect the skin from UVB rays, if applied twice a day. This is because the radiation of the sun activates an enzyme that degrades collagen, but with the use of turmeric, this enzyme is blocked, which helps to keep the collagen active in the skin.