Turmeric as a Cure for Rosacea

Updated February 21, 2017

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes the face to break out in red patches. Pimples are sometimes part of rosacea. Rosacea is not a harmful condition, but it can be unsightly and embarrassing. There are many medical and natural remedies for rosacea, with turmeric being one of the more powerful natural treatments.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a ginger plant native to South Asia. It needs a lot of rain and high heat to survive. Their seeds and roots are ground and sold for use in cooking and medicine. Most South Asian countries use turmeric heavily in their cuisine. It is also used for dying, especially in giving mustard condiments their colour. It has a hot flavour with a mustard smell. Medicinal, turmeric has been used to treat cuts, burns, and bruises and it has been used to kill bacteria. It's also used to soothe the stomach, treat irritable bowel syndrome, and to treat arthritis and liver problems. Curcumin, its active agent, is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This is the agent that helps soothe the rosacea and eliminate it from the skin.


Turmeric can be used internally or externally. Using turmeric on some of your favourite spicy dishes will help get curcumin in your system, where it will work on your rosacea from the inside out. It will help block the production of enzymes that cause inflammation and rosacea. Turmeric is especially tasty in Asian cuisines, but it should only be eaten in light amounts. It is a very hot spice and it tends to overpower the taste of everything else. It is also definitely not to everybody's taste, due to its spiciness. If you don't like spicy food, you can still get turmeric internally by mixing a teaspoon of turmeric with a glass of water. This will help dilute the spiciness and make it easier to swallow. Turmeric can also be applied directly to the skin during rosacea flare ups. Take a tablespoon of turmeric and mix it with eight ounces of water. Take a paper towel or wash rag and soak it in the water. Gently scrub the rosacea flares. Let it sit until it dries. Turmeric may dye your skin, so wash it with water and soap after the turmeric dries. Repeat this process while your rosacea is flaring. This will help treat the symptoms

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Eric Benac began writing professionally in 2001. After working as an editor at Alpena Community College in Michigan and receiving his Associate of Journalism, he received a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in writing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.