7 Best DIY Turmeric Masks for Acne and Pimples

You may know turmeric as the spice that gives curry its distinctive yellow color; however, this wonder spice has long been used in traditional Asian medicine to cure and heal a wide variety of diseases and conditions.

The active compound of turmeric is curcumin, a yellow pigment that has potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. When applied on acne- and pimple-prone skin, this active compound serves to eliminate the bacterial infection responsible for the acne breakouts, simultaneously soothing and healing the inflamed skin. Regular application of turmeric masks will give you clear, glowing, and blemish-free skin.

This intense yellow spice is also believed to have highly effective anti-aging and skin-lightening properties. We have come up with seven different types of turmeric masks to help you get rid of acne that cater to different skin types and issues. You can decide which one is best suited to your skin.

If you are a bit hesitant about applying turmeric face masks because of the fear of getting yellow stains, then you no longer have to worry, as we have simple hacks and easy hacks that will help you remove turmeric stains from your skin, nails and even your clothes.

Continue reading below and to find out the 7 best DIY turmeric mask for acne and pimples.

Method 1: Turmeric and Gram Flour Mask

As mentioned above, turmeric has potent infection-fighting properties and also works to reduce inflammation. You can combine it with gram flour and rose water to make a highly effective face mask that works to eliminate acne and pimples from oily skin.

The gram flour is added to the face mask as it absorbs excess oil from skin; it also gently scrubs and cleanses pores, preventing blockage, infection and future acne breakouts. Additionally, this mask also contains rose water that acts as an astringent; it serves to tighten, tone, and hydrate your skin.

Things you’ll need:

  • Organic turmeric powder (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory) – 1 tablespoon
  • Gram flour (absorbs oil and cleanses pores) – 2 tablespoons
  • Rose water (tones skin), as required

Step 1. Combine turmeric powder and gram flour in a bowl

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of organic turmeric powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of gram flour as well.

Step 2. Add rose water as required and mix well

  • Add rosewater as required and mix well to make a thick paste for application. You can learn how to make homemade rose water here.

Step 3. Apply on the affected skin to get rid of acne

  • Apply the paste on your face as a mask to get rid of acne and pimples.
  • Leave in on for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
  • Gently pat dry your skin and apply a light, oil-free moisturizer if your skin feels dry.

Apply this turmeric and gram flour face pack twice a week to successfully treat your acne and keep pimples away.

Method 2: Turmeric and Coconut Oil Mask

Coconut oil is another great remedy to help clear acne and pimples. This light oil is mainly made up of medium-chain fatty acids that are readily absorbed by your skin.

Coconut oil restores the natural oil balance of your skin; it also has strong antibacterial properties that help clear out the infection from within and anti-inflammatory properties that bring down the swelling and redness.

In combination with turmeric, it makes a highly efficient and moisturizing turmeric mask for acne and pimples.

Things you’ll need:

  • Organic turmeric powder (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory) – 2 tablespoons
  • Extra-virgin coconut oil (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties), as required

Step 1. Combine turmeric powder and coconut oil in a bowl

  • Take 2 tablespoons of organic turmeric powder in a bowl.
  • Add melted extra-virgin coconut oil; just pour in enough to make a smooth, thick paste.

Step 2. Mix well and apply to treat acne

  • Mix the two ingredients thoroughly to prepare a smooth blend of spice and oil.
  • Use a cosmetic brush to apply it on your face; ensure that your acne-prone areas are completely covered.
  • Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes; then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Apply this DIY turmeric mask for acne and pimples 2 to 3 times a week to eliminate both acne and acne scars.

Method 3: Turmeric and Honey Mask

Raw honey also has potent antimicrobial properties and has been used in ancient medicine to disinfect and mend deep cuts or wounds. In fact, you can even use honey to successfully treat and heal minor burns.

Mixing turmeric, honey, and rose water together makes a highly effective DIY turmeric mask for acne and pimples; as honey moisturizes your skin as well, this mask is especially recommended for those with combination skin.

Things you’ll need:

  • Organic turmeric powder (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory) – 1 teaspoon
  • Raw honey (acts as a humectant) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine turmeric and honey in a bowl

  • Pour 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of raw honey as well.

Step 2. Mix well and apply

  • Mix well to get a smooth paste that can be applied easily on the skin.
  • Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse off using lukewarm water.
  • Gently dry your skin using a soft towel; as honey acts as a natural moisturizer and humectant, you do not need to apply any cream after using this face mask.

Use this mask 2 to 3 times a week to get soft, glowing, and acne-free skin.

Method 4: Turmeric and Lemon Mask

Lemon juice acts as a powerful astringent tightening your pores, while also undercutting its oiliness. This mask is especially recommended for those with extremely oily skin that is also prone to frequent breakouts.

This tangy juice also contains citric acid that works as a bleaching agent brightening your skin naturally. In combination with the skin lightening and acne-fighting properties of turmeric, lemon juice can be used to eliminate acne and pimples from the oily skin.

Just ensure that you do not go out into the sunlight after applying this mask, as the lemon juice bleaches your skin making it more vulnerable to sunlight.

Note: People with sensitive skin are advised to do a patch test by applying lemon juice on a small skin area before proceeding any further.

Things you’ll need:

  • Organic turmeric powder (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory) – 1 tablespoon
  • Freshly-squeezed lemon juice (acts as an astringent and lightens skin) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine turmeric powder and lemon juice in a bowl

  • Take 1 tablespoon of organic turmeric powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice as well.

Step 2. Mix well and apply to get rid of acne and pimples

  • Mix thoroughly with a spatula to get a smooth mixture.
  • Apply the prepared paste on the acne-afflicted areas.
  • Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
  • Pat dry your face with a soft towel and apply a light, oil-free moisturizer.

You can use this mask 2 to 3 times a week to get rid of acne and acne scars; regular use will even help lighten your skin and reduce the appearance of scars.

Method 5: Turmeric and Aloe Vera Mask

Aloe vera gel is another natural ingredient that has strong antimicrobial properties. Additionally, it also serves to soothe and heal your skin from within, eliminating the infection-causing bacteria along with reducing the redness and swelling in the affected areas. In fact you can also use aloe vera to heal minor burns and get rid of sunburn.

Things you’ll need:

  • Organic turmeric powder (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory) – 1 tablespoon
  • Aloe Vera gel (soothes and heals skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Water, as required

Step 1. Mix turmeric and aloe vera gel in bowl

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of organic turmeric powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel as well. You can learn how to extract and make pure aloe vera gel here.

Step 2. Add water and mix well to apply

  • Add water as required and mix well to make a smooth, runny paste.
  • Apply it in on the acne or pimple-prone skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse your face with water and dry it gently with a soft towel.
  • Apply a light, oil-free moisturizer if required.

You can apply this DIY turmeric mask for acne and pimples 2 to 3 times a week to get blemish-free skin.

Method 6: Turmeric, Rice Flour, and Yogurt Mask

You can mix together turmeric, rice flour and yogurt to make a multi-purpose skin mask that not only helps eliminate acne and pimples but also works to lighten your skin naturally, leaving you with brighter and clearer skin.

Things you’ll need:

  • Organic turmeric powder (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory) – 1 teaspoon
  • Rice flour (absorbs oil) – 2 teaspoons
  • Plain yogurt (contains lactic acid) – 3 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine turmeric powder, rice flour, and plain yogurt in a bowl

  • Take 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of rice flour as well.

Step 2. Mix well and apply on the acne-prone skin

  • Mix well to get a uniform blend.
  • Apply the prepared paste over the acne-afflicted skin using a cosmetic brush.
  • Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes; then slightly wet the mask and gently scrub your skin for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Rinse your face with water and gently pat dry; afterwards, you can apply a light, oil-free moisturizer if your skin feels dry.

The rice flour is ideal for oily skin, if you have combination skin or dry patchy skin, use ground oatmeal powder instead. You can apply this mask 2 to 3 times a week to get rid of acne and pimples.

Method 7: Turmeric and Milk Mask

Milk is rich in lactic acid that acts as a natural bleaching agent to lighten and brighten your skin, giving it a smooth, unblemished appearance. Applying a paste of turmeric powder and milk on your skin will help eliminate acne and also remove sun tan.

While whole milk is recommended for dry and combination skin, skim milk is ideal for those with oily skin.

Things you’ll need:

  • Organic turmeric powder (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory) – 1 tablespoon
  • Milk (contains lactic acid) – as required

Step 1. Combine turmeric and milk in a bowl

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of organic turmeric powder in a small mixing bowl.
  • Add just enough skim milk to make a thick paste for smooth application.

Step 2. Mix well and apply on skin

  • Mix the turmeric and milk
  • Wash off after 15 to 20 minutes.

Apply DIY turmeric mask for acne and pimples 3 to 4 times a week to get smooth and glowing skin.

Tips

  • You can also mix a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder with 2 tablespoons of natural clay for oily skin that is prone to acne and pimples. For best results, use rosewater to mix the two and apply the prepared face pack on your face. Let it dry and rinse off with water; you can apply this face pack once or twice a week.
  • You can also apply a paste of organic turmeric powder and honey to get rid of hyperpigmentation.

View Comments (16)

    • Hi Shae
      If you have a very light skin tone, it may leave a very very light yellow/orange tone, which goes off after a wash. It also depends on the type of turmeric powder you are using, some do not stain the skin at all, while others may.
      We suggest you do a patch test first and then go ahead if you are satisfied with the results.
      Thank you

  • After using one of the above masks, would you suggest I follow up with my normal skincare routine (cleanser, toner, serum, & moisturizer)? If not, what would you recommend?

    I plan on using the turmeric & coconut or turmeric & honey mixtures.

    Thanks

    • Hi Becca
      Thank you for your query. We suggest that you first clean your face with normal water or cleanser, apply the masks of your choice, after doing a patch test. And then follow your regular skin care regime from the next day.

  • HI

    I'm Zetu , can I take "rosewater, honey, skim milk and turmeric powder" and mix them together for my pimples and dark masks in my face?

    Thanks

  • What if I combine Aloevera, Turmeric, Lemon and Honey into a single mask and use daily? (PS- I have blemishes and acne prone skin)

    • Hey Jazzy
      Yes, you can combine all of them into a face mask and apply. But before using the mask do a patch test on your skin, to check how your skin reacts towards the combined mix. Also, we won't suggest you, to use it on a daily basis. Apply the mask twice a week only if it suits you.
      -Team FabHow

  • Dear Alluka
    You can apply these masks weekly to see what works best for you.
    Hope we were able to help
    -Team FabHow

  • Thank you for the healthy and easy tips. I wish to ask if it is possible if I apply each week apply a different mask from the above masks?

  • Good day to you, sound interesting would like to develop a mask for the commercial market,some advise plz.