Are you looking for more info about how to use turmeric for face and skin care?


Then this is the right article for you!


In previous articles like Our Top 8 Turmeric Benefits for Skin and Questions People Also Ask About Using Turmeric Powder, we’ve discussed some of the benefits of turmeric. In this post, we’ll share some of the knowledge we gained in our first two turmeric posts and we’ll also answer some questions people also ask about using turmeric for your face.


The Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric powder and turmeric essential oil both have potent medicinal and therapeutic benefits, especially when it comes to your face and skin. If you’re wondering how a cooking spice can be used on your face, and why you would even want to do something like that, you should probably check out our posts about natural skin care! 


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In Natural Skincare Defined, we go into detail about what natural skin care is, why it’s so great and some of the other benefits you might not think of. Learning about natural skin care is important because it can be much, much better for your skin, but it can also be better for the environment and easier on your wallet!


That’s why we’re such big advocates of natural skin care here at Utama Spice. We like to sum it up with a simple saying, ‘if you wouldn’t cook with it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin!’


This is because your skin actually absorbs some of the stuff that is put on it. This can be good or bad, depending on what that ‘stuff’ is. When it comes to natural skin care, we recommend different products made from unprocessed plants, herbs, fruits, seeds and vegetables that have medicinal and therapeutic properties. Some of these natural ingredients are great for the skin, some are great for the hair, others can help you fall asleep (How to Use Lavender Essential Oil) or even find an energy boost (Peppermint Aromatherapy), while others can even help with weight loss (Castor Oil for Weight Loss)! 


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There are plenty of natural solutions to common, everyday problems. We just don’t hear about them as much!


Natural solutions for skin care is important for your health because of the fact we mentioned before: your skin absorbs the ‘stuff’ that you put on it. The skin, which is the body’s largest organ, also helps to detoxify the body through sweat. However, some chemical and synthetic-based compounds can actually clog the pores, making this detoxification process more difficult, while simultaneously increasing the amount of toxins the body needs to detoxify. It’s a potentially scary cycle. But don’t worry, natural skin care is a great alternative!


One of our favorite natural skin care ingredients is turmeric. Turmeric can be used both as a powder and in its essential oil form. Both are great for the face and skin and contain high amounts of turmeric’s secret ingredient: curcumin. Curcumin has a wealth of powerful anti-inflammatory properties that make turmeric such a great natural ingredient to use on the face and skin.


Turmeric also acts as a lightening agent, meaning it helps to lighten the color of the skin and when used in a face mask, with milk and honey, turmeric can work wonders when it comes to evening out any uneven skin tone. Turmeric also helps to restore the skin’s natural glow and can even help to hydrate and soothe dry skin.


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As we’ve mentioned before, we have discussed some of the great benefits and uses of turmeric powder and essential oil in previous articles, but in case you haven’t checked those out yet, we wanted to share our Top 8 Benefits and Uses of Turmeric for Skin and Face right here.


Top 8 Benefits of and Ways to Use Turmeric for the Skin

  1. Amazing Anti-Inflammatory Properties & Natural Glow
  2. Helps to Treat Acne
  3. Fight Those Bags Under Your Eyes
  4. Protect the Skin Against Sun Damage and Signs of Aging
  5. Reduces and Prevents Stretch Marks
  6. Helps to Soothe Dry Skin
  7. Can Speed Up Healing
  8. Treat Psoriasis and Other Conditions


See! There are plenty of different ways to use turmeric for the skin and face. Turmeric is known to be especially helpful as an acne treatment and later in this article, we’ll discuss some different turmeric face masks that can be great not only for acne, but also for treating stretch marks and signs of aging. 



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If you would like more information about these different turmeric benefits for the face and skin, or you would just like to know how it’s possible turmeric can be so good for so many different things, check out our post about Our Top 8 Turmeric Benefits for the Face and Skin.


Questions People Also Ask About Using Turmeric for the Face and Skin

In our last article, Questions People Also Ask About Turmeric Powder for Skin, we addressed a lot of questions about using turmeric powder. But we recognized that there are still plenty of more questions to answer and more useful information about turmeric for the face and skin. So we decided to answer any remaining questions here!


For those who haven’t seen our previous articles like the Top 8 Turmeric Benefits and Questions People Also Ask About Turmeric Powder for Skin, we wanted to start with a basic question about turmeric and then move on to more advanced stuff, including a few DIY turmeric face mask recipes.


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What makes turmeric good for the skin and face?

“Turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components. These characteristics may provide glow and luster to the skin. Turmeric may also revive your skin by bringing out its natural glow. … You can mix small amounts of Greek yogurt, honey, and turmeric together and apply to your face.” is one of our favorite sources when it comes to natural solutions because they back up almost all of their statements with research and studies. So if their article, Turmeric for Skin: Is it Beneficial? says  that turmeric can revive your skin and bring out it’s natural glow, we believe them! Besides greek yogurt and honey, another ingredient that we’ve seen combined with turmeric in a few recipes is milk. Making your own diy recipes with any combination of those three ingredients and turmeric seems to be a pretty safe formula for making an effective turmeric face mask.


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Now that you know some of the reasons why turmeric can be so great for your skin, let’s look at some more of its recommended uses! 


What does turmeric do to your face?

“It may help with acne scarring

You may want to try a turmeric face mask to help reduce acne and any resulting scars. The anti-inflammatory qualities can target your pores and calm the skin.Turmeric is also known to reduce scarring. This combination of uses may help your face clear up from acne breakouts.”


In the same article by, Turmeric for Skin: Is It Beneficial?, they discuss one of our favorite turmeric uses for the face and skin: acne treatment. Not only can it help treat and clear up acne, but as the article says, turmeric can also help to reduce any scarring from acne while the anti-inflammatory properties help to heal your skin and pores, preventing or reducing future breakouts.


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Next, we went over to The Standard’s article on Six amazing skin benefits of turmeric to hear a few more uses of turmeric for the face and skin.


How turmeric is useful for face?

“Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, turmeric can work wonders on condition-riddled skin. It can also help reduce redness from blemishes and calm skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. Turmeric is excellent for acne because it is a natural antiseptic and helps to keep bacteria from spreading.”


As you can see, it’s hard not to talk about turmeric’s benefits for the face and skin without mentioning its potential to treat acne. This article brings up another part of why turmeric and turmeric essential oil can be so helpful for acne treatment: they act as natural antiseptics. This means that they have properties that fight and stop the spread of bacteria. Which, in combination with its other helpful properties, will definitely help to reduce acne and breakouts.


The article also mentions other conditions that turmeric can help with. As we mentioned in our Top 8 Benefits of Turmeric, turmeric can help to soothe dry skin, so when it’s hydrating properties are taken into account with its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it makes sense that turmeric can aid in the treatment of certain skin conditions like rosacea and eczema.


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So if you’re wondering what’s the best way to harness these potential turmeric benefits and treatments, let’s go back to the experts at to see how they recommend using turmeric for your face.


How should I apply only turmeric on my face?

“You may want to try a turmeric face mask at home to see if the spice has any positive effects on your skin. You can mix small amounts of Greek yogurt, honey, and turmeric together and apply to your face. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes and then wash off with water.”


As we mentioned before, some of the best recommended ingredients for making your DIY turmeric face masks are just some simple items you can find at home or at the grocery store: milk, honey and greek yogurt. So why not combine them all and make one great face mask?

In the answer, recommends keeping the face mask on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with water, but we wanted to see what other websites and experts recommend with regards to how long you should keep turmeric on your face.


How long can you leave turmeric on your face?

“It is advised to use ¼ tablespoon of turmeric in face packs to avoid the yellow tint on face. Turmeric is a safe ingredient and can be used as a face mask anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Exceeding more that 30 minutes is up to you, but that’s not required at all.”


There you have it! According to Make Up and Beauty’s article How Long Can you Leave Turmeric on your Face?, it’s not necessary to leave turmeric or any turmeric-based face masks on your face for longer than 30 minutes. Since turmeric can potentially temporarily stain your skin, it’s probably smarter to stay on the safe side with your turmeric face masks.


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If you’re wondering how to prevent any possible staining from turmeric use, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In our next question and answer set, we’ll discuss just that.  


How do I prevent turmeric from staining my face?

“Turmeric as a skin brightener

Mix 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder, a pinch of turmeric powder and a few drops of lemon juice. Add enough milk to make a paste. Apply this mask on your face and neck; wash off with warm water once dry.”


In The Beauty Gypsy’s article Turmeric: The super skincare spice (it won’t turn you yellow!), they mention a few ingredients to use in their turmeric face mask that we hadn’t mentioned before: sandalwood powder and lemon juice. These could be good ingredients to add into your DIY turmeric face mask recipes, and according to the article, might help to prevent some possible staining from the turmeric powder.


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If you want to know a few other ways to remove turmeric from your face or get rid of any unwanted temporary turmeric stains, we found another article from The Beauty Gypsy called Beauty DIY: How to remove turmeric stains from your skin that goes into more detail about some great ways to do so.


How can we remove turmeric from face?

“So, gently warm a bit of olive or coconut oil and massage it into your face for about a minute, then wipe away with a cotton pad. Or you can try my favourite trick: mix some lemon with sugar and scrub your skin with the solution.”


We answer a few more questions about how to prevent turmeric stains and remove turmeric stains in our previous article, Questions People Also Ask About Using Turmeric Powder for Skin. But this answer includes two of the main methods: using a vegetable oil like coconut oil on any unwanted stains and combining lemon with sugar to make a sugar scrub to remove the stains. The third method we discussed in the previous article included a combination of lemon and baking soda.


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So if there are all these benefits to using turmeric on your face, and the only potential problem, staining, is easily avoidable, how often should you be using turmeric on your face? Every day? Once a week? That’s the next question we look to answer.


Can I use turmeric on my face everyday?

“My skin felt super soft, and my acne was, for the most part, clearing up. Success! While King says it is safe to use a topical turmeric mask like this daily, how often you apply will depend on how much turmeric is mixed into the formula, how much of the product you use, and your skin type.”


So while turmeric is safe to use every day, we agree with the Women’s Health that it’s also important to take into consideration how much turmeric was mixed in and the effects it has on your individual skin. We like to recommend no more than 2-3 times a week, but it’s important to be in tune with your body and its needs. But when first starting out, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and moderation.


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With all this talk of turmeric, you might be wondering to yourself, ‘is there another turmeric I don’t know about?’ or ‘are they talking about the cooking spice?’ These are fair questions! And to answer them in order, 1. No, 2. Yes! This is a common question when discussing using turmeric on the face and skin, so we wanted to devote a question and answer set to it.


Can I use cooking turmeric powder on my face?

“Kitchen turmeric Powder can be applied on the face because it is convenient to use and easily available. … If you have dry skin, STAY AWAY because turmeric has the tendency of drying the skin a little bit. And turmeric will stain (not because of artificial colouring but it’s a natural property).”


So while might seem counterintuitive, like they say on Quora, the turmeric powder we’re talking about is the same one you might find on your spice rack. Not only is it great for cooking, but as you’ve seen, turmeric has a wealth of benefits and uses for the skin. It might make you start to wonder what other secret natural ingredients might be hiding in your home.


Now that you know where you can easily find some turmeric powder, let’s talk about a few more benefits turmeric can have for your face and skin.


Does turmeric help hyperpigmentation?

“Turmeric contains curcumin, which inhibits pigmentation in the skin and can be effective in reducing the appearance of sun spots and pigmented scarring,” explains Gina Mari, a celebrity esthetician. “It is said to inhibit the pigmentation of skin, helping with dark spots.”


While we did mention in our Top 8 Turmeric Benefits for the Face and Skin that turmeric can be great for reducing sun damage and dark circles under your eyes, this answer from goes into more detail about how and why turmeric works to do so.


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Next, let’s see what the natural skin care community has to say about using turmeric for skin lightening. We’ve already discussed its ability to help even out any areas of uneven skin tone, so now let’s see what else turmeric can do in this post by Alive by Nature.


Is turmeric good for skin whitening?

“Turmeric and Lemon

This is a great treatment of turmeric for skin whitening. Lemon has skin-bleaching properties that will naturally lighten your skin. … In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice with 1 teaspoon turmeric. Apply an even layer on the skin and leave the mix on for about 20 minutes.” 


This can be useful for any targeted lightening you may want to do to remove sun spots, scars or help even out areas with uneven skin tone. In our next question and answer set, we have another recipe for turmeric skin lightening.


How do you use turmeric powder for skin whitening?

“The power of turmeric mixed with the natural bleaching power of lime juice will make for an effective whitener. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with three tablespoons of lime juice to form a thick paste. Apply evenly to the face or desired area. Wash off after fifteen minutes with water.”


So there you have it! Just like they say on, if you’d like to use turmeric powder for skin lightening, mix it with either lemon or lime juice and apply evenly to the desired area for about 15-20 minutes!


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Next, we’ll discuss some more DIY turmeric face mask recipes you can make at home!


DIY turmeric face mask recipes

Since turmeric is so great for the skin and face, it only makes sense to try out a few face mask recipes. Here are a few we found from our friends throughout the natural skin care community.


What is a great diy turmeric mask for face?

  1. Step 1: Mix. In a small bowl, mix the turmeric powder, apple cider vinegar, honey and milk or yogurt. …
  2. Step 2: Apply to face. Before applying your turmeric face mask, wash and dry your face to remove any makeup or impurities. …
  3. Step 3: Rest. Allow the mask to sit on your face for about 10 to 15 minutes. …
  4. Step 4: Rinse.”


This simple diy turmeric mask for face and skin from Taste of Home uses most of the previously recommended ingredients that we like to mix with turmeric: honey and milk or yogurt. However, it also includes apple cider vinegar for its own unique twist. 


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Here’s another simple diy exfoliating mask you can make with turmeric, courtesy of the authors over at


How can I make a diy exfoliating mask for glowing skin?

“Make your own turmeric face mask

  1. 2 tablespoons of flour. You can use regular flour, rice flour or ground oats if your skin is dry.
  2. 1 teaspoon turmeric.
  3. 3 tablespoons milk. You can also use yogurt to fight acne.
  4. A few drops of honey (any kind will work, but manuka is especially good for acne)”


This recipe also calls for a few familiar ingredients! The main difference being the use of flour or oats. They also suggest trying manuka instead of honey if you’re looking for an extra edge in your acne treatment.


But all in all, it looks like when it comes to making your own diy turmeric face mask recipe, you’ll just have to include either milk or greek yogurt and some honey or manuka.


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We hope you learned a few things about using turmeric for your face. If you’d like some more information about turmeric, please feel free to check out our posts about Our Top 8 Benefits of Turmeric for Skin and the Questions People Also Ask About Turmeric Powder.


In our next posts we’ll be answering questions people also ask about DIY Skincare and Argan Oil for Acne.


If you have any more questions you would like to see us answer about turmeric, please let us know! Feel free to comment, like or message us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!








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