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Try a DIY Turmeric and Honey Mask for Clear, Radiant Skin

Spend an hour digging through the skincare threads of Reddit, and you’ll discover three things: 1. Pretty much everyone has some sort of acne, 2. Retinol is a magic ingredient 3. Turmeric masks and raw honey are life.

The beauty powers of these two ingredients are astonishing. Like, who knew that this inexpensive dynamic duo could give you that lit-from-within glow? And although, yes, DIY skincare recipes are as dime-a-dozen as that cliché is, this mask is one that keeps popping up over and over again on Reddit, receiving praises like, “Wow. My skin is clear, the redness has almost all gone, and there’s no dryness. Outstanding,” and comments like, “I can never stop singing the praises of raw honey and turmeric masks. Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, reduces redness, ultra-hydrating…Definitely my HG.”

But how? Why? What is this voodoo? As it turns out, there’s no magic here, but instead, some good ol’-fashioned home remedies that have been used for centuries in western medicine.

“Honey has natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it an excellent at-home treatment for fungal infections, psoriasis, dry skin, and even burns,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

“Turmeric, on the other hand, is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that has been evaluated in treating acne, brightening dark spots on the skin, and treating fine lines and wrinkles,” he says.

So the combination of the pair, as you could guess, would be somewhat explosive. “It’s an ideal type of treatment for anyone, but especially if you’re dealing with acne, since it can calm inflammation, kill microorgansims on the skin, and fade dark spots,” adds Zeichner. As a note of caution, turmeric will temporarily stain the hell out of your face.

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