Turmeric: Nature’s Remedy for Rosacea

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Acne rosacea or simply, rosacea is a chronic skin inflammation especially around the nose, cheeks, chin, eyelids or forehead. This inflammation resembles prominent blood vessels that spread in spider-like webs across the face, skin eruptions like acne, redness or swelling. Other symptoms include flushed face, swollen and red nose and irritation of the eyes or burning sensation. Rosacea is more prevalent in those who have fair skin, blush easily and are in between the ages 30-50. Rosacea can exist on its own or could be a side effect of other skin and eye disorders.

While harmless, this skin condition could cause a permanent change to one’s appearance and often results in a loss of self esteem and psychological damage. There is no established cure for rosacea. People use many home remedies, oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to control rosacea. There are also some preventive measures that can control flare-ups and include avoiding sun exposure, using sunscreen regularly, reducing stress and avoiding hot beverages, alcohol and spicy food.

Turmeric Benefits for Acne Rosacea

There are many herbal and natural remedies based on turmeric, aloe vera, etc., that have anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties which can heal conditions like atopic dermatitis, rosacea, erythema caused by exposure to UV light, drug-induced skin problems, psoriasis, and irritated or sensitive skin. In fact, in India there are are several topical creams which contain turmeric as an active ingredient to treat these skin ailments. However, skin treatments using turmeric are not a recent discovery, as it has been a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. It is now, finally gaining in popularity globally as a treatment for various skin conditions including rosacea, acne and eczema.

How turmeric helps in Rosacea

Inflammation causes release of certain mediators that cause an increase in permeability and dilation of capillaries leading to inflamed and swollen tissues. Turmeric used in animal models has shown to block these mediators; thus, preventing the cascade of cell inflammation.

Turmeric has got widespread use as a spice in Asian cuisine and as a medicinal herb. Usually the roots are dried and ground to be made into herbal medicine or for cooking. Many herbs are being tested for their ability to treat skin conditions and one of those being tested is turmeric. It is consideredvery effective in treating rosacea and various other skin problems like psoriasis and hyper-pigmentation. This is due the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a polyphenol chemical found in turmeric. ,

There are different ways that turmeric can be used to soothe symptoms of rosacea. Since it is an anti-inflammatory agent, it can reduce irritation and puffiness and improve circulation around the inflamed areas. Other inflammatory conditions can cause rosacea and other skin complaints. By acting as a liver detoxifier and wound healer, turmeric can help cure rosacea inflammation too. Otherwise, you can combine ½ teaspoon each of sandalwood and turmeric powders and apply on the inflammation. Turmeric is also said to benefit skin rejuvenation and help remove signs of premature skin aging. It has been suggested that using a turmeric face mask regularly can reduce redness and the small pimples that erupt on the face due to rosacea. Turmeric infused teas can also detoxify the body from within and clear skin of various ailments.

If you suffer from rosacea, try ReNude Turmeric Antioxidant Mask. It contains both Sandalwood and Turmeric and won’t stain your skin!

Turmeric Dosage

There are two ways you can use turmeric to improve rosacea. You can take it internally as a supplement which will improve your overall general health and also benefit acne and rosacea or you can apply it as a face mask. For maximum benefit, you may opt to combine both of these options.

If you choose to supplement internally, adults can use tablets or capsules, tincture or fluid extracts. The recommended dosage of standardized curcumin powder is 400-600mg thrice daily, dried turmeric root – 1-3g daily, cut root – 1.5-3g daily, fluid extract – 30-90 drops daily and tincture – 15-30 drops 4 times daily. You can also add turmeric to your soups, eggs, and curries. For a nice facial treatment mask, you can try ReNude’s Turmeric Antioxidant Mask.

To boost your turmeric intake, try out this recipe for a delicious spiced turmeric tea.