If you saw my instagram post here, you’ll know that I tried drinking turmeric when I experienced acne breakouts. Thankfully, my acne subsided within a couple days. The healing could be due to a few factors; however, it seemed like the turmeric did play a part!
Whenever I notice my skin flaring up, it’s most likely because of something that I ate or, occasionally, something that my skin came to encounter with. Since I don’t use too many cosmetics anymore, it’s usually a consequence of something in my diet. Pollution or things in your environment can also have an impact on your skin. There can be numerous reasons to as why your skin is breaking out, so it can be challenging to pinpoint the exact cause. Generally, when you’re eating healthy foods that your body reacts well to, then your skin should look healthy as well!
When I first transitioned to a vegan diet, my skin was glowing. This was probably attributed to the elimination of dairy and hormone-treated meats in my diet. However, when I moved to a more raw vegan diet, I was attacked with breakouts on my forehead and chin. I was determined to continue on this lifestyle, so I wasn’t going to quit so soon. It’s different when you’re doing something you don’t enjoy, but because I loved the mostly raw vegan lifestyle, it wasn’t a chore for me to continue with it. I knew there was a hidden treasure I had yet to find. In my mind, I was hearing Thomas Edison say to me, “Many of life’s failures are people who don’t realize how close they are to success when they gave up.” So I kept going!
But, I have to admit, I was desperate to find a solution for my acne. Therefore, I did what any other sane person would do – I turned to Google. Good news is that I found out I wasn’t alone! (We usually aren’t.) Many other people struggled with breakouts on a raw vegan diet as well. Some sites said that it could be because your body is detoxing, an imbalance of fats, improper food combining, not enough of certain vitamins, etc. So what was it?? Was my body detoxing? Was I eating too much fat? Was I not eating enough fat? Was I not getting enough vitamin D? I finally found a post that I closely related with – this one here. According to the post, if the acne you’re experiencing doesn’t seem like your regular breakouts, it could be detox symptoms. Also, if your acne comes in waves (less intense each time) that could be a sign as well. That described my symptoms pretty closely, so I self-diagnosed myself and concluded that my body was detoxing. Thanks Google!
Okay, so now I knew my body was detoxing…but I still wanted to speed up the process. (Us humans are so impatient right?) I remembered hearing that turmeric had anti-inflammatory properties and could be good for your skin. So I thought, why not give it a try? I had nothing to lose. I usually use a bit of turmeric in my cooking, but I hadn’t tried it in drinks before. So, I put my chef hat on and experimented with a few turmeric drink recipes. I was glad to see my acne eventually heal and disappear! I still have scars, but my skin is substantially better. This could be due to a combination of factors. It could be because I was getting more vitamin D from the sun, better sleep, or my detoxing period was coming to an end. However, turmeric was the main change that I purposefully added to my routine, so I gotta give it some credit for the healing process!
Below are some recipes that I used to down my share of turmeric. I’ve only used it in powder form, but if you are able to buy it fresh I would totally recommend that! Keep in mind that even though turmeric is beneficial, too much of it isn’t good either. Too much turmeric can have adverse effects like causing MORE inflammation, stomach problems and more. As always, balance is key! Each person may have a different tolerance, so it’s good to experiment with your body. I have about 1 teaspoon in per day. I did that for a couple days until my acne healed. Now, I don’t take it every day anymore, but every so often when I feel like I want to!
Combine all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy!
1 tsp turmeric
1-2 slices ginger
2 Medjool dates
Mix turmeric with boiled water. Stir in dates and ginger. You can chop up the ginger in a food processor before mixing if desired. Let the dates soak for ~5 mins so the drink tastes sweeter.
Use cold water instead of hot and mix all ingredients in a blender.
Quickie recipe if you’re in a rush:
1 tsp turmeric
Fresh squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon
Mix the turmeric with water and squeeze in the lemon juice.
Let me know if you try any of these recipes and tell me about your experience with turmeric!