Add some serious acne fighting spice to your life with these all natural complexion perfection boosters.  Not only are they highly effective, safe, and budget friendly, but they’re also a treat for your taste buds.

Reduce Inflammation With Turmeric

Turmeric is a bright yellow-orange spice often used in curry dishes for its heat and flavor.  It is also used medicinally.  In Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines it is frequently used to treat pain and inflammation.  Curcumin is an active compound in turmeric. 

Curcumin gives turmeric its heat and many health benefits to boot.  How does it help us? It is used to treat bacterial and fungal infections.  It has immunity-boosting and virus-fighting properties.  It has been taken as a remedy for the following:

  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • diabetic kidney dysfunction
  • morning stiffness
  • joint swelling
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • pain management
  • breast cancer
  • mental fatigue
  • depression

Curcumin acts as an anti-inflammatory which is why it’s a perfect spice for fighting acne, an inflammatory condition.  Curcumin is better absorbed by the body when it is mixed with black pepper.  Black pepper is a good spice to add to dishes to enhance absorption of key nutrients.  It not only adds a pleasant taste to food, but it also improves our digestion.

Improve Digestion With Black Pepper

Eating good food is crucial to good health.  Plain and simple.  No one can argue with that.  But we can’t stop there.  We have to make sure we’re creating the right environment for the body to soak up all the amazing vitamins and minerals in our food.  Unfortunately, because of issues with food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal infections, pancreatic problems, thyroid and other glandular dysfunctions, some people may suffer from poor nutrient absorption.  Obviously not everyone suffers from those issues.

But a lot of people suffer from everyday stress and poor habits such as not working out or rushing through meals.  All of those things can have a negative impact.  So how do we encourage our gastrointestinal tract to perform like a lean, mean, digestion machine?  Well, one very simple way is to add some spice to your life – literally.  Black pepper has been frequently used in Ayurveda to improve digestion. 

Black pepper contains piperine which helps nutrients penetrate the intestinal wall.  That’s not all it does.  Through a process called thermogenesis, piperine helps heat the body.  This warming effect increases the demand for fresh nutrients from the digestive tract to fuel the heat-generation process.  Now that we’re all warmed up, let’s look at an easy way to detox our bodies for an added acne fighting boost.

Detox With Dandelion

Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) gives us antioxidants, proteins, fiber, minerals, and vitamins which help to boost immunity.   Dandelion contains terpenoids and polysaccharides that help protect and regenerate the liver.  It supports the liver by helping to stimulate bile production and promote its flow.  The root’s bitterness helps to trigger the taste buds.  This action gets digestive juices flowing from saliva to bile which sparks detoxification and helps the liver flush wastes. 

Research also shows that dandelion acts as a diuretic, which means it helps eliminate toxins.  Getting rid of unwanted toxins in your body promotes good health and a glowing complexion.  Did you know that a healthy liver helps our hormones stay balanced? It’s essential to avoid hormonal imbalances if you want to beat hormonal acne.  That’s yet another reason we have to keep our liver in good working order.

Restore With Ginger

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory due to gingerol and other anti-inflammatory properties it possesses.  It helps regulate insulin and blood glucose levels to lower acne causing inflammation. Ginger also rejuvenates and restores the tissues that make up the skin.  You can add it to your meals or you can make a delicious tea with it.  

Cup of Gold 

Drink this delicious brew to get the benefits of all the amazing natural acne fighters we just covered.  Add turmeric to your pot.  Next, add black pepper.  Let the two spices warm.  Throw in a couple of thick slices of ginger.  Pour almond milk into the pot and let the mixture come to a boil.  Finally, pour the golden liquid into a cup over one dandelion root teabag.  Let it simmer for a few minutes.  Kick your feet up, relax, and sip your way to a clear complexion.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is provided as an information resource only.  It is not to be used or relied upon for any treatment or diagnostic purposes.  This information is not intended to be patient education.  It should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.  The statements on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.   This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please consult your healthcare provider before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition, such as if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a mental condition.  Please read all product packaging carefully and consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise, supplementation or medication program. Cosmetic products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.


Join the Conversation

My favorite part of doing these posts is engaging in the conversation they start. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Which of these all natural acne fighters will you try?

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Lisa James, “You Aren’t What You Eat,” Energy Times, January/February 2018, pg. 48

Jessica Ricard, “Beginner’s Guide to Curcumin,” Remedies, December 2017, pg. 27

Lisa Petty, “Detox Demystified,”Remedies, September 2017,  pg. 20