How to use a Turmeric Face Mask for Clear Skin

turmeric face mask

Before I start telling you about how you can use a turmeric face mask let me tell you a little bit about how I first got introduced to it. Turmeric, also known as Haldi, has been used for centuries in India both as a food and as a medicine. When I was a child, spice powders were not freely available like they are in packets today. You had to make your own spice powder using whole spices.

So every May red chillies, turmeric stems, coriander seeds were dried in the sun and taken in bags to the mill to be ground. You had to keep your bag with the whole spices in a queue. Imagine a queue but with cloth bags in various colours. If you lived really far from the mill you could request the mill owner to grind yours first using the excuse that if you missed the 8:30PM bus you’d be stranded in the market!

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I still remember walking the hot, dusty markets of Mapusa in Goa. The hot summer afternoon sun bearing down on us with all its might. The strong smell of spices tickling my nose, while we waited for the spices to be ground. The skin below my nose would even start tingling as the smell was so strong. Time would be passed bargaining with the people selling their wares or getting a potato chop and tea.

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Fast forward about 20 years and while Mapusa market is active as ever, grinding your own spices is now a thing of the past. Walk into any grocery store or supermarket and packaged spices are freely available. Now at the risk of sounding old fashioned and also a bit old, I’m going to say that the food tasted so much better with those fresh organic spices. I mean you chose the best spices for your spice powders.

In this time I also moved out of Goa and to another city. I saw the women in my new home city apply a turmeric face mask every day. It was a common sight to see women with their faces stained yellow from the turmeric. Trust me when I tell you that they had the clearest, smoothest skin, though. No pigmentation, no lines, no marks and a perfectly even skin tone. Not surprising as turmeric is known for having anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and antioxidant properties. It has antibacterial properties too, which makes it a great spice to fight acne with.

However, due to the fact that going around with a yellow stained face did not appeal to me too much, I did not think much about using it in my skincare. Also, I had been told by too many dermatologists that home remedies do more harm than good. No surprise there!!!

Recently a friend gave me some organic turmeric powder which she had got from a farm. I decided to keep this solely for the purpose of making turmeric tea to be used when anyone has the flu or a really bad cold. I put it into a jar and kept it. However, it was different from the commercially available turmeric I normally buy for cooking. It had a beautiful bright orange hue which was very different from the normal yellow colour of the turmeric available at my grocery store.

When I was making my normal honey face mask, I saw the turmeric sitting on my spice shelf. Tempted I put about 1/4 teaspoon into the face mask. Fully expecting a yellow stained face, I let the mask stay on for an hour. However, after washing my face all I noticed was a slight glow to my skin. Glow is good. I like a glow!! It’s what I aim for. The better news was that the acne healed so much better and the scars faded within 2-3 days. Even an old scar that had been around for 3-4 months faded very quickly.

A quick, little research told me that turmeric contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium. All these play their own individual role in maintaining the health of your skin. They also help heal acne and reduce the appearance of scars.

So how do we get the benefits of turmeric without getting a yellow face? The trick is to use the turmeric with a thick medium like honey which gives you the full benefit of the turmeric but the thickness of the base prevents the turmeric from clumping on your skin and staining it.

Below are 3 turmeric face masks you can try out. Make sure your face is free of makeup or sunscreen. If your face is already clean just splash some water on it and pat dry. We do this as damp skin absorbs whatever you apply on it much better. Apply the mask immediately after. These masks are better used in the evening so that your skin can use the time you sleep to further repair itself. While using the mask make sure your hair is out of the way. Either use a scarf or a hair band to keep your hair away from your face.

Look out for organic turmeric. Please do not use the turmeric that is commercially available for your turmeric face mask. Organic turmeric will have a more of an orange hue than a yellow one. It will also stain much less.

  1. Honey and Turmeric Mask 

So this mask contains the same ingredients as the honey mask. So you take 1 teaspoon of organic honey, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and  1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg powder. In addition, add a pinch of the turmeric to start with. Start with a small amount of turmeric and see how your skin looks after using this mask. Depending on how yellow your face looks after, you can increase the amount of turmeric in the mask to about 1/2 a teaspoon. However, the honey does not let the turmeric stain your face much.

2. Avocado and Turmeric Mask

Mash 1/4 of an avocado and mix it with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply this on your face and let it sit for anywhere from half an hour to an hour.

3. Yoghurt, Honey and Turmeric Mask

Mix 1 teaspoon of honey, half a teaspoon of yoghurt and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply this on your face and let it stay on for about 1/2 an hour.

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Note : The longer you keep these masks on the more benefits you will get. Washing your face 5 minutes after applying a mask like normally suggested does nothing for your skin. I understand these masks are a bit inconvenient to use but on the bright side, they provide a lot of benefits to your skin. If you cannot use them every day let them stay on for at least an hour and use them just 3 times a week.

Use a wide brush to apply the mask if you are scared the turmeric will stain your hands. In the event, it does stain your fingers just use lemon juice and a soft brush to get the stain out.  If you feel your face is too yellow use a gentle sugar scrub to get the color out.

WARNING : Turmeric STAINS fabric and furniture!! So make sure you wear old clothes you don’t mind getting soiled while using this mask. Make sure you don’t go near any white or light colored furniture.

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62 thoughts on “How to use a Turmeric Face Mask for Clear Skin”

  1. Hey and also just wanted to add one more thing, just in case you still have a yellow tint on your face after using the turmeric face mask just apply few drops of oils(any oil will do) on your face and keep it for 10 mins and later on go ahead and wash it off with a face wash. It gets rid of the entire yellowish tint.

  2. I was wondering can I use Turmeric, milk and like regular flour with a few drops of lemon as my turmeric mask? If so can I use it everyday or how often do you recommend me using it?

    1. Hi, By regular flour I am assuming you mean plain flour, which I do not think is too good. Gram flour or any clay will be much better. Turmeric, milk and lemon are all fine. You can use it everyday without any problems. One thing to note though is that gram flour or clay does tend to dry out skin. If your skin is oily this will not be an issue, but if your skin is dry it is better to avoid using gram flour or clay on a daily basis. Alternative for gram flour or clay are mashed avocado, banana, papaya, honey, yoghurt. Hope this helps.

    1. Hello Anish.
      You can wash your face about 1/2 an hour to one hour after applying the turmeric, honey and lemon on your face. The longer you keep it the better it is. I keep my face masks on for even 2-3 hours. Hope this helps you.

    1. Yes, as long as you store it correctly either in the refrigerator or in a cool dry place. Masks with honey tend to stay perfectly fine at room temperature while masks that have either milk or fruit in them need to be kept in the refrigerator. Honey masks will be perfectly fine for up to 4-5 days. Milk based masks should be used in 2-3 days. Hope this helps you.

  3. Hi Anjali while using Honey Mask, what Face Wash and Moustriser did u use?

    Also after Honey Mask can I use a Medicated Soap to wash for Acne and a Topical Acne Gel in Night? Will it cause any side effects?

    1. H Nichola. I used Clean N Clear morning burst face wash and Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer. But any face wash or moisturizer will be fine. But after I used the honey mask I really did not feel the need to wash my face as honey is a great cleanser as well. Just plain water to wash off the honey and you face will be clean, unless of course you have used makeup, in which case you should be cleaning your face before applying the face mask.

      If you really want to wash your face I would suggest washing it before applying the mask.

      The medicated soap will be fine if used before the mask. I would recommend not using the Topical Acne gel soon after washing off the honey mask. Wait at least 2-3 hours before you use it. Actually the honey mask does a good job of healing your acne and you might not need the gel. Hope this helps.

        1. Nichola, you can try these
          1. Lotus herbals Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxyl Skin Renewal Oil Free Moisturiser
          2. Faces Ever Young 24 hour Dual action moisturizer
          3. Clean and Clear Skin Balancing Oil free moisturizers
          4. Aroma Magic Almond Moisturizer

          You can also check out the range from Clinique. Hope this helps.

  4. Anjali, i started this today basically because of acne n especially black spot. Please does it help to eradicate d black spots I suffered from previous acne?

    1. The turmeric I got was from a farm, given by a friend. You can get it from any organic store. If you can get the turmeric roots, dry them in the sun and grind them that would be the best. If you live in India I know you can get the turmeric roots in any market. Where do you live? Maybe I can help.

  5. Can we use soap if we are applying turmeric.?. beacause it’s said tht if we use soap u wont get the benefit of tumeric ..

  6. a black girl but i have critical uneven skin tone. and i dont have organic tumeric, just the one i use for cooking. is it still going to be effective?

    1. Hi, Yes you can use this for dark spots. Lemon might be a bit too strong if you have sensitive skin, so do a patch test before using. Avoid lemon if you have active acne.

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