So if you’ve been following along, you know that I recently had a breakout, and decided to do the following things to treat it:
- Do a candida cleanse
- Quit the supplements I was taking and try some new ones just for kicks, namely berberine, zinc, and turmeric (aka curcumin)
You may know turmeric best as that pungent yellow spice that they like to use in Indian food (in its fresh form, it looks like a root similar to ginger).
It also has an active ingredient in it called curcumin that has some very special properties.
Curcumin is Highly Anti-Inflammatory
There have been a a heck of a lot of studies done on curcumin… none specifically on acne… but the consensus seems to be that it is VERY anti-inflammatory.
Like effectiveness rivalling that of anti-inflammatory drugs (without the side effects), because it blocks more than 30 different inflammation pathways.
Since inflammation seems to play a big role in most of the “diseases of civilization”, it has a wide variety of uses. A lot of people take it for joint pain, arthritis, cancer, inflammatory digestive disorders like Chrohn’s, and for mental health.
And for acne… well, inflammation is the reason your acne gets big, red, and sticks around forever. [Read more…]