Turmeric is a herb harvested from the roots of the Curcuma Longa plant. It’s well known as a cooking spice, but recently has been gaining attention as, you guessed it, a health supplement. Turmeric has long been used in Chinese medicine, not that that counts for much if you’re like me (note: ground up dinosaur bones will not cure your acne), but modern science has given credence to many of the herb’s medicinal uses.
So how can turmeric help? It turns out that the herb has many benefits. It has the properties of being an anti-oxidant (like almost every herb), anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmotic supplement that can even help relax your muscles. Sounds nice. As you can see, there are several properties here that go hand-in-hand with healthy skin.
Of course, your not going to get enough turmeric from simply seasoning your foods to make much of a difference. You’ll need to take it in supplement form, and as with most natural supplements, you’ll need to take a decent amount to get any real effect at all. I’d recommended taking two 400mg tablets per day. Most users report seeing their skin improve after a few weeks. Note that some multivitamins include turmeric, but again, this usually isn’t enough. You’re better off taking the pure supplement (or one with piperine, which aids turmeric’s absorption). Turmeric works differently from supplements such as B5, in that it doesn’t effect your body’s metabolism of skin oil, but it may be a good additional supplement to take on the side.