Does Turmeric Lighten Skin? How to Use Turmeric to Lighten Skin

Does Turmeric Lighten Skin
Does Turmeric Lighten Skin

Does turmeric lighten skin tone and remove dark pigmentation due to acne scars, suntan and aging? Turmeric a very common spice used widely in Asia is also used in various beauty regimens to get rid of dark pigmentation and heal different skin problems. Below is more on how to use Turmeric to whiten skin tone. Find different turmeric skin whitening recipes to get rid of acne spots, dark patches and sun tan.

Does Turmeric Really Lighten Skin Hyper-pigmentation?

Does turmeric really lighten skin Hyper-pigmentation? Hyper pigmentation occurs due to excessive production of melanin which causes unbalanced skin complexion due to dark patches. Excessive production of melanin is caused by several factor such as hormonal change in the body, exposure to excess sun, burning, contact with harmful chemicals, skin infection, irritation and skin injury etc.

Does Turmeric Lighten Skin
Does Turmeric Lighten Skin


Turmeric is the most natural remedy used to lighten dark skin and get rid of dark spots effectively without any side effects. It contains a component called curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant which plays a big role in reducing excess production of melanin (a substance that gives the dark skin complexion) and replaces your unclear skin to beautiful and glowing skin. Turmeric also has lower cholesterol, possess anti-bacterial properties and treats acne.

To this point we can say that turmeric is the most effective more suitable way to lighten hyper pigmentation because it is a natural remedy, inexpensive and easy to use.

How Does Turmeric Lighten Skin

How does turmeric lighten skin? Curcumin richly found in turmeric regulates the production of melanin that is responsible for giving the skin the dark color, dark spots, uneven skin patches and acne scar. This gives you an even tone complexion, leaves your skin brighter and rejuvenated.  Turmeric is a natural remedy that is free from side effect and is good for the skin. Turmeric moisturizes the skin unlike lemon whose acidity nature may result to a dry and rough skin.

How to use turmeric to whiten skin
How to use turmeric to whiten skin

Turmeric being an antioxidant it performs the cleansing function by removing toxins from the body. By doing this the skin is allowed to perform well and therefore melanin production regulated in the body.

Is turmeric good for Skin Lightening?

Is turmeric good for the skin lightening? The skin is so sensitive and one needs to be careful in whatever comes in contact with it and some lightening remedies may be harsh to you skin. In regard to skin lightening, turmeric does not really pose any danger to the skin. It is also important to note that turmeric skin lightening results may not be as permanent and you need to use the remedy regularly to maintain the results.

Well apart from turmeric for skin lightening remedy it also possesses some factors that will benefit your skin and giving you a flawless skin. Turmeric contains curcumin which is around 3% present. This makes turmeric to work efficiently without any side effect and lightens permanently.

It is a very strong antioxidant, antibacterial properties and a powerful anti-inflammatory that are very beneficial to the skin. Turmeric powder mixed with other remedies heals several skin ailments without side effects giving you a complexion that is even and beautiful.

The anti-bacterial aspect of it aids in the healing small cuts and burns also to keep bacterial infection away. This will make your skin to be health and fresh. Turmeric also act as a natural antiseptic soothing the skin. When turmeric is mixed with milk it treats the skin and prevents it from various skin ailments and keeps it moisturized.

Turmeric to Lighten Skin and Anti-Aging

Turmeric is the most natural remedy used to lighten the skin and remove blemishes. This is made possible because it contains a component called curcumin which cuts down on the excess melanin production that is responsible for the dark color and the uneven patches. Being antioxidant turmeric mixed with other ingredient is used to attain a smooth young looking skin as a result acting as an Anti-Aging remedy. This will as a result improve the skin elasticity.

Turmeric assists in the removal of dead cells. When used regularly it can do away with dead cells resulting to a glowing and blemish free skin.

Turmeric is used to reduce the growth of facial hair encouraging the hair to fall off naturally.

Does Turmeric Whiten Skin Pigmentation, Dark Patches?

Does turmeric whiten skin dark spots and acne, pigmentation or dark patches? Well we are going to learn that in a while.

Most teenagers and some adult suffer from dark spots and acne scars, the good news is that there is a solution right in your kitchen. Acne scars come as a result of excessive or insufficient production of collagen that is supposed to repair the damage caused by acne. Turmeric is effective in the treatment of acne scar or dark spots because it is natural remedy this free from side effects and it is easily available. Turmeric made into a paste and applied in the areas having acne, it can work effectively by destroying the bacteria that causes acne and moderates the skin oil.

Turmeric for Dark Spots and Acne Scars
Turmeric for Dark Spots and Acne Scars

Sometimes the skin may be infected due to squeezing of the pimple, turmeric will serve as an antiseptic soothing your skin and leave it fresh.

Turmeric whitens skin pigmentation due to the component called curcumin that cuts down excessive production of melanin that causes uneven color or dark patches. curcumin is also helps in to prevent dark spots and discoloration patches and whiten them after they occur.

Turmeric for Dark Spots and Acne Scars

Turmeric mixed with other remedies such as lemon and honey will work perfectly. This is because lemon bleaches, tightens large pores and cleanses the skin while honey moisturizes and kills germs while turmeric prevents discoloration.

How to Use Turmeric to Lighten Dark Spots and Scars

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with a half teaspoon lime juice and a pinch of turmeric powder to make a paste that you will use as a mask
  2. Use clean plastic gloves to apply so as to avoid staining your nails. Apply the mixture evenly on your skin.
  3. Let it dry then you can wash it off using plain pure water (lukewarm)

Another procedure that gets rid of pimples is mixing raw turmeric and milk, apply it evenly on the affected since other individual experience pimples in the chest or the back apart from the face. Let it settle for 15- 20 minutes. Wash it off with plain clean water. When this is used regularly best and fast results are achieved

Does Turmeric and Lemon Lighten Skin?

When lemon is mixed with turmeric they result to a powerful whitening remedy that is natural. This two remedies work well together because turmeric heightens the skin lightening property of lemon without drying your skin and also masks the stinging effect of lemon juice. This mixture can perform various functions to the skin which include acne treatment, removal of dark spots and giving the skin its normal shade after it has been sun tanned.

Can Turmeric Lighten Skin Tone and Whiten Dark Underarms?

Can turmeric lighten skin tone and whiten dark underarm? Many people are victims to of this coloration. Skin coloration in the underarm may be caused by exposure to certain conditions or products for example sweating, shaving, some deodorants and dead skin.

Turmeric mixed with lemon juice is a suitable bleach for removing the dark discoloration in the underarm. Mix 5ml lemon juice with a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply the blend on your underarm and allow it to be there for at least 15 minutes then rinse it off. When it is used frequently the result are fast and no side effect.

Another remedy for dark underarm turmeric mixed with cucumber and lemon. This three remedies complement each other very well. Lemon bleaches your skin, cucumber soothes the skin from irritation that may have been caused by the acidity of the lemon and turmeric prevents discoloration. Squeeze cucumber juice (5ml) mix it with an equal portion of lemon juice then add a pinch of turmeric powder to the mixture.  Apply the paste on your underarm and let it sit in for 20 – 25 minutes then rinse it off. Do this every day to achieve fast results.

How to Use Turmeric to Lighten Skin

To this point we have already known that turmeric can be used as a skin whitening agent, an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory among other functions. Now we are going to tackle how to use turmeric to lighten skin.

Turmeric also known as haldi can be used as a whitening remedy, takes away blemishes and pigmentation from your skin. Curcumin a component that is present in turmeric which regulates the production of excess melanin and the antioxidance nature of turmeric assists in keeping the skin away from toxins.

How to Use Turmeric for Skin Whitening and Pigmentation

  1. Mix lemon juice 15 ml with turmeric powder 5ml to make a thick paste
  2. Apply it in the affected area or area of interest evenly
  3. Let it sit on for 15 – 25 minutes
  4. Rinse it off with plain pure water
  5. Do this every day to achieve fast and best results

How to use Turmeric to Lighten Suntanned Skin

How to use turmeric to get rid of suntan and pigmentation
How to use turmeric to get rid of suntan and pigmentation
  1. Mix 2 teaspoon of sandalwood powder,2 teaspoons of milk , 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and a half teaspoon of turmeric
  2. Apply this to your clean and dry affected area evenly
  3. Let it dry then rinse it off using plain water
  4. If this is done every day the result will be a beautiful and clear complexion

So if you are wondering what will remove that sunburn that is making you uncomfortable or acne and acne scars or dark spots or you may want to lighten your skin and any other skin problems or ailments that may be troubling you, the answer is just in your kitchen. Turmeric is very effective and free from side effect apart from it being natural and cheap as opposed to other cosmetics.

Side Effects of Turmeric

Turmeric also has its side effects. For example it is a natural dye and may stain your beddings, clothes nails and anything that it comes in contact with. When your nails get stained it doesn’t completely wash off so gloves can be used to avoid this.

  1. Turmeric may stain your skin yellow. Use a sugar face scrub and the yellow color will disappear
  2. Pregnant women also need to consult their doctors before they use turmeric.
  3. Turmeric is harmless when taken or applied to the skin appropriately for a maximum of eight months.
  4. Some individuals may suffer from stomach upset, diarrhea or nausea when they consume turmeric.


  1. try using less lemon juice for the burning and tingling sensation. Lemon is high in acidity

  2. Yes Shamala. This is one of the best ways to use turmeric to lighten dark spots and scars on the face, legs and hands. Check out more on how to get rid of dark spots and scars here.

  3. I just started applying tumeric face mask and hoping to see better reults..can’t wait for brighter face

  4. Go for it Cathy. You are welcome to update us. Share your results, comments, and photos with us

  5. My skin is oily and it has got a lot of spots and some pimples keeps coming,what can I use to get rid of the black spot and pimples in my oily face?

  6. Hello Becky. Thanks for getting back to us. Check out our articles on Acne and Acne scars for more insight on how to get rid of back spots, pimples and scars.
    Read more on how to use
    Aloe Vera
    Vitamin E
    Tea Tree Oil
    to get rid of acne and acne scars.

  7. Comment Text*can I use lime in place of lemon? mix with tumeric. and about the milk, can I use satchet milk or liquid milk.

  8. Hi Isabella. Thanks for getting back to us. Yes, you can use lime. It is a milder version and recommended if you have sensitive skin. Lemon can be very irritating. I hope this helps. Regards

  9. You don’t seem to be answering questions asking how long does it take to work .

  10. Hi Sihu, Thanks for getting back to us. Skin lightening with turmeric or any other natural methods gives varying results in different people. People have different skin tones. And even more important, depends on how consistent your skin lightening routine is. Other factors include exposure to the sun and whether you practice proper skin care for your skin. ie; Remove makeup before you sleep, hydrate properly, exfoliate and most of all get your beauty sleep. I hope this helps

  11. Hi… you can buy turmeric at any grocery store in your area. The time it takes to make a dark spot less noticeable depends on how pigmented the spot it. Consistency is key. And remember that not all dark spots should be ignored. A sudden appearance of dark spots that keep growing in size and changing shape should be examined by a doctor.

  12. Hey, yes you can use lime in place or lemon though lime can be a little stingier compared to lemon.

  13. Hi, Kay. Are you sure? Okay, here…it is
    Skin lightening with turmeric or any other natural methods gives varying results in different people. People have different skin tones. And even more important, depends on how consistent your skin lightening routine is. Other factors include exposure to the sun and whether you practice proper skin care for your skin. ie; Remove makeup before you sleep, hydrate properly, exfoliate and most of all get your beauty sleep. I hope this helps

  14. Hey Luzel, we’ll be glad to hear from you. Feel free to share your results

  15. My skin looks amaizing;I used only water with tumeric and my results were amaising!

  16. I am having awesome results came across an article on turmeric haven’t looked back since! Fits well with my beauty regime and great addition to my smoothies! Has the same affect ingested! Yay turmeric

  17. I have bad acne scars from picking at my face…it has left dark spots all over. Will this remedy help? If so how long will it take? And how often should i apply this remedy?

  18. Hi Sarah. Thanks for getting back to us. I understand. And yes, picking your face is one of the commonest causes of acne scars. Turmeric as a remedy will help to get rid any kind of scars including acne scars. On how long it takes… that depends on your skin tone and how consistent you are with the remedy. Use turmeric to lighten acne scars and even out your skin tone. Remember that the face needs extra care and attention. Remove make up before you to bed, cleanse, exfoliate and use products that are not harsh on your skin.
    Incorporate the use of turmeric into your skin care routine.

  19. Hi Vuyo, you can buy Vicco turmeric skin cream from super stores and beauty stores in your area. Alternatively, buy online on Amazon. Cheers!

  20. Hi Mercy… While you can use turmeric to whiten your entire body, you agree with me that its going to need a lot of work. Turmeric is a little messy and it can be a challenge when trying to use it all over your body.
    Mix three parts of lemon juice with one part turmeric powder to make a thick paste
    Apply it evenly on the affected area or area of interest
    Let it sit on for 15 – 25 minutes
    Rinse it off with plain pure water

  21. Yes Fauzia. Applying turmeric on your skin will leave you feeling very hydrated. You can purchase ready made turmeric cream or make one at home by… Mix ½ a teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1 tablespoon of rose water + 1 tablespoon of fresh cream.
    Remember that while it is not known to have any side effects, turmeric and turmeric products may stain your skin yellow. This is not a permanent effect though. It also does not happen to everyone. Do a small patch test to gauge how your skin behaves on contact with turmeric and turmeric products.

  22. I have dark spot on most parts of my body especially my legs and arms.They came about as a result of scratching my ichy skin.Doctors say I have skin fungal and prescribed some medications which I have not tae n but has resorted to taking herbs which include; ginger,garlic, turmeric,honey,lemons and cinnamon. My question is can I apply the tumerc paste on my legs and arms which are the most affected?

  23. At what time is it advisable to use turmeric and lemon oil for my the morning,afternoon or at night when retiring to bed?

  24. Any time is okay depending how much time you have. I prefer doing my beauty routines at night just so I can wake with a fresh face. It is also when I have the most time. Turmeric may leave a yellow tinge on your face. Using it in the morning may not be so prudent especially if you are light skinned. Cheers!

  25. Yes you can. However, using lime and lemon offers much better and faster results as desired.

  26. I have scars on my legs. I sustained them as a result of injury when I was much younger and I used so many things to get them off so I don’t know if tumeric can help get them off cos the scars have been there for a very long time. I can’t put on anything short because of the scars pls help out.

  27. Turmeric is best used evenly on the skin. While it helps to get rid of dark spots, you also get to enjoy other benefits such as removing tan and reducing wrinkles. And also, (on a light note) just in case you get the yellow tinge/staining, it wouldn’t appear so weird as compared to yellow spots on your face.

  28. What I can’t seem to find are the dosages for the capsules. I want to lighten my skin overall without the burden of making, applying, and wearing masks. It doesn’t need to be quick. I just want to eventually get to lighter skin. I’ve been taking the 450mg capsules for 5 weeks now and it may be in my head but I think I’m seeing some progress in the right direction. Can somebody tell me if it I can get get to my goal through the pills or if I should use the masks?

  29. Can I use whole milk in addition to my tumeric and lemon, and can I also apply it on my leg… Thank you

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