Burning Question: Does Turmeric Get Rid of Dark Spots?
Turmeric has gained renewed attention for its health benefits (among them reversing symptoms of heart disease) and is proving one of the hottest new ingredients to add to your skincare routine for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In case you needed another reason to stockpile the golden spice, experts are also hailing it for its ability to help with hyperpigmentation.
"Turmeric contains curcumin, which inhibits pigmentation in the skin and can be effective in reducing the appearance of sun spots and pigmented scarring," explains Gina Mari, a celebrity esthetician.
"It is said to inhibit the pigmentation of skin, helping with dark spots. It is often used as a home remedy with lemon, yogurt, and milk for lightening skin. I have not seen this effect myself, but people swear by it," adds Debbi Burnes, natural skincare expert and founder of Sumbody.
According to Paula Simpson, a holistic nutritionist, biochemist, and cofounder of Zea Skin Solutions, turmeric can also help prevent future spots. "Through diet and supplementation, the active constituents are believed to help block melanin overproduction that is triggered by chronic sun exposure (and a reason why skin appears uneven in appearance)," she explains.
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