5 ways to use Turmeric for Skin and Get a Glow

Image showing spoonful of turmeric for skin care

By Dr. Sugandh Garg

Turmeric not only adds flavor to food but works wonders like improving complexion, removing acne and blackheads.

Turmeric reduces inflammation. It also acts as an anti-oxidant, removes excess oil and destroys the bacteria. It also helps in reducing wrinkles and in lightening the appearance of stretch marks

Here are some easy skin care tips:

  • Turmeric with honey and yoghurt

    Mix 2 teaspoons of thick yogurt, one big spoon of honey and half a teaspoon of turmeric. Mix well to form a thick paste. Apply on the skin and leave for 20 minutes. The mask is an excellent recipe for de-tanning, dryness and early signs of aging.

  • Turmeric with sandalwood

    This works well for oily skin. Take turmeric with sandalwood powder. Add rose water to make a paste and leave on for 15-20 min. Wash off with lukewarm water. It will leave your skin glowing and pimples will vanish. Use this regularly for best results.

  • Turmeric with olive oil

    If you have dry skin, apply a fine mix of turmeric with olive oil or sesame oil. The skin will be moisturized and pimples will fade away.

  • Turmeric with rice flour

    Apply a thick paste of 1 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tsp rice flour and 3 tsp yogurt on clean face. Wash off after 15-20 min. Your skin will get cleansed and moisturized instantly.

  • Turmeric with milk

    If your skin is dry and dehydrated, apply a paste of turmeric and milk to get soft looking skin.

Also Read: Turmeric Benefits


  • Turmeric may cause redness and tingling in some people, never apply more than 15-20 min.
  • It may leave a yellow tinge, so wash off properly and use small amount.
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69 thoughts on “5 ways to use Turmeric for Skin and Get a Glow

    1. Dr Sugandh

      Hi Manoj, Psoriasis is a skin disorder, and it is advisable to consult a doctor/ dermatologist before application. Though natural, it might effect the treatment / local application you are already taking


    U said turmeric will remove black heads and acne. But u didnt specify how to use turmeric for that.

    1. sugandhg82

      Hello Manohar,
      please refer to all the above tips, they all are helpful for acne and blackheads specifcally and a few ingredient might depend on the skin type – oily/ dry. For further query please leave a reply.

        1. sugandhg82

          Hello Jagan
          once a day to be followed, to a maximum of thrice a week (no hard and fast rule though). Timings are non specific, only thing is, it has to be applied on a clean dry face.

    1. sugandhg82

      Hello Saloni, all the above tips mentioned are very useful and effective remedy for removing acne and its spots. Kindly mention your skin type – oily/ dry to answer your question specifically.

    1. sugandhg82

      Hi Naresh, Do you have oily/dry skin?
      For oily skin please use the above mentioned tip with sandalwood. It would help tighten the pores and simultaneously reduce the oiliness of skin making it less prone to acne if any.

    1. sugandhg82

      Hi Dilip, yes the above tips are completely safe and natural. They can be used by both males and females. Judicious use will not cause any problem in hair growth, however it is not advisable to apply on hair.

  2. Ram Paratap Goel

    My daughter is having the severe problem of acnes. Her face is completely covered with acnes which leaves red blemishes on her face. What is the cure that may relieve her??

    1. Kashmira

      Ram Paratap Goel, Stop milk n dairy products. Make sure no dandruff. Go on a raw diet for 2 days – fruits n fruit juices n vegetable juices. Clean face with fruit skins like banana, watermelon, papaya or with potato n potato skin. If she is using makeup, check if it is old or smelling bad. Don’t use medical /antibacterial soaps. Wash face with besan paste. Drink lots of nimboo Paani throughout the day but without sugar. Eliminate all sugar n chocolates n breakfast cereals n sodas n all junk food.

    2. sugandhg82

      Hi Ram, If she has oily skin a regular and judicious use of turmeric mixed with sandalwood will surely help her with her breakouts and their left over scars, in case its dry skin please add yogurt/honey as mentioned above. For any further queries please follow up

  3. Ruchika

    Thanks for postings such a good & healthy information. Pls provide some info for falling & thinning hair.

    1. sugandhg82

      Meanwhile, you may try the below mentioned tip as a remedy to thin hair -Heat coconut oil, add 2-3 flakes of garlic and 3-4 peppercorns to it. Cool and apply to your scalp for healthy and voluminous hair.

    1. kirit

      Your tips for turmeric is very useful and effective and I want you to keep giving tips for different body problems

    2. sugandhg82

      Pavan, we would take this up in detail in future posts. Meanwhile the below mentioned tip might be given a try – Soak amla in 2/3 cups of water overnight. Strain. Grind with same water and add henna powder + 4 tsp lime juice + 4 tsp coffee + 2 eggs + 2 tsp oil. Apply after 2-3 hrs. Wash after 2 hrs.

  4. Palsaniya

    I suffered from hair fall for two year. Sir tell me remedies which is easily done at home or locally medical care.
    This problem is not heritatary.
    Please suggeste me….

    1. Kashmira

      Palsaniya Use aloe Vera gel but straight from the leaf not bottled. Use Bhringraj hair oil n if you are using hair dye stop it. Check if you have dandruff. Eat a clean plant-based diet.

    2. sugandhg82

      Palsaniya, we would surely take up this topic in future posts. Meanwhile this tip might help -1 mashed Banana + 1 tsp honey + 1 tsp yogurt + 1 tsp low fat milk will surely strengthen your hair roots.

      1. sugandhg82

        Mihir, meanwhile this tip might be tried along with healthy diet and lifestyle -1 mashed Banana + 1 tsp honey + 1 tsp yogurt + 1 tsp low fat milk will surely strengthen your hair roots.

  5. Ramesh Kewalramani

    Well Advised. Tumeric with Cream olive oil and Alo vera could also do wonders.
    They say Tumeric in Curds with Black Pepper csn improve Memory. Is that true or a Myth.

    1. sugandhg82

      Ramesh, there are no substantial studies to back this question of yours, however i find no harm in trying this as it appears all natural ingredients.

    1. sugandhg82

      Rahul, use of above tips will help brighten the complexion. As far as a specific answer to blackening of skin due to shaving will be taken up in detail and posted soon.

    1. sugandhg82

      Mahesh, firstly you need to know the cause of hyper pigmentation. It is occupation related/ hormonal/ sun sensitivity/ melasma and treated accordingly. You must consult a doctor and get proper diagnosis. Meanwhile natural and safe tips as mentioned above might help you to some extent, or atleast do some good and no harm.

    1. sugandhg82

      Anas, the chicken pox scars take their due time to heal and fill up. A healthy diet and regular use of such natural remedies might help.

  6. Abijith Mohan

    Please give a detailed article on Red sandal. how it work on skin especially in removing marks of chicken pox, side effects if any and all other matters related to redsandal and it’s effects on skin.

  7. Hari Shankar

    I m suffering from exima bacteria, can i use turmeric if yes how give me a suggession that how i free from these disease.

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  9. Vinay

    Thanks for all your tips/ treatments
    How to make my skin soft looking instead of holes formed because of pimples !!