You may remember my recent post about drinking herbal teas to clear up acne where I mentioned that turmeric is one of many acne-clarifying herbs and spices. Well, it turns out turmeric is great for treating melasma too.
Turmeric has antioxidant properties, and it has been found to slow down melanin production. So, in addition to drinking tea spiced with turmeric, try applying a turmeric paste directly to your skin to treat pigmentation problems, such as melasma.
Traditionally, turmeric is used a spice in different Indian dishes. It is yellow in color and is soft and powdery to the touch. When choosing to apply it to your skin, add a sprinkling of lemon juice and water to create a paste. Cleanse the skin, pat dry, and then apply the mixture to the areas of your face you want treated. Let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse, and moisturize.
Like with any new skin care regimen, test a small area of your skin first and see how your skin reacts. If within a day or two you have no adverse reaction to the treatment (i.e., no redness, no bumps, no itchiness), then apply it to your face. Start out using the mixture once every three days for a week, then once every two days for a week, and then once every day for one week.
Be sure to take pictures of your skin as you go through this process. Before committing yourself to the regimen long term, you need to be sure it is actually working.
There are professional products that will give you more bang (and more buck too, of course). One of my favorites is Juara Skincare Turmeric Antioxidant Facial Mask. While I’ve only used it on a few occasions, I do like the way it makes my skin feel, and I have noticed some of my smaller spots fading. With persistence and my own do-it-yourself turmeric treatment, I’m confident I’ll see more results, but I’ll keep you posted.