As many long time acne sufferers, I feel like I have tried every, cream, gel, cleanser, and pill -- including accutane -- on the market.
My acne has diminished after one course of accutane but due to its multiple side effects, I refused to do another course of it, and I do still get acne. This week, it was particularly bad my skin was majorly POed at me.
I remembered something my mom used to tell me about -- turmeric for the skin. It really is a natural beauty treatment thats been used in India for centuries. To this day, brides and bridegrooms alike get slathered in gram flour and turmeric pastes before their weddings (traditional and a full body facial all at once lol) and you'll find a lot of skin products from India and other parts of the world where turmeric is used more generously in beauty products.
I improved the appearance of my skin in about 7-9 days using this mask once a night and a cleansing with a purpose soap bar in the morning and before applying the mask (which doubles as a exfoliating scrub!):
- sea salt
I'm not saying that my acne is totally gone, or this is necessarily going to work for you, but it did for me. My inflamed acne lesions are almost all gone (I had a lot) and the red marks they left behind are fading and my face actually feels smoother (all of those tiny bumps on my face FINALLY seem to be going away ).
Some words of advice if you do try this mask. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes only. Leaving it on too long will allow the turmeric to stain your skin more deeply, and it'll make getting it off a pain. (don't worry if it does stain your skin though, it'll come off! Watch out for clothes though, it WILL stain those). Also use an old pillowcase at night, even if you think you got all of the turmeric off, you probably didn't and it'll rub off during the night and right onto your pillowcase!
This isn't an instant remedy so if you're looking for immediate results, I'd look elsewhere. BUT if you're looking for an all natural and gentle way of improving your skin, I'd at least give turmeric a chance!