DIY Anti-Acne Turmeric Cream

Anti-Akne Kurkuma Creme

Turmeric is mostly only known as a spice in our region, especially for curries. It came to Europe via the Silk Road in the 13th century and was mainly used as a spice, dye, and food preservation. But in recent years turmeric has also become more popular as a medicinal plant.

Why use turmeric against acne and pimples?

What we have just discovered has been an important part of traditional Asian and Indian medicine for thousands of years. The bright yellow powder, extracted from the yellow to orange rhizomes, is a real power weapon against impure skin. Whether ingested or applied to the skin, it has a healing effect on impure skin. The ingredients of turmeric have anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and antibacterial effects. Thus impurities heal faster and are prevented at the same time. Turmeric also acts as a natural antioxidant. This counteracts wrinkle formation, stimulates cell growth, and protects the skin from free radicals and skin damage. Furthermore, turmeric stimulates collagen formation, which has a direct influence on our subcutaneous connective tissue. This keeps the skin firm and wrinkle-free for longer.

Raw Materials Used

This homemade anti-acne turmeric cream supports the skin in its healing process and prevents impurities. The ingredients, which you need are:

DIY Anti-Acne Turmeric Cream
Oil Phase (1/3)
Vegetable oil
25 ml of turmeric oil extract

Turmeric oil extract
You can easily make turmeric oil yourself. You need a handful of turmeric roots and 150 ml of vegetable oil. Safflower oil is best suited for impure skin. As the turmeric root is very staining, gloves should be used for the whole preparation.

Argan oil

The oil has anti-inflammatory effects, heals and cares for stressed skin. The antibacterial and disinfecting effect also makes argan oil a suitable oil for impure skin and skin prone to acne. At the same time, argan oil prevents the skin from drying out and thus ensures smooth and supple skin. Degree of comedogenicity = 0

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is absorbed by the skin almost without residue and therefore does not leave an oily film on the skin. The oil is well tolerated by all skin types and has a moisturizing and antibacterial effect. Those who are plagued by impure skin may be well advised to use jojoba oil. Its antibacterial effects prevent the spreading of germs without drying out the skin at the same time. Degree of comedogenicity = 1

Elderberry seed oil

Elderberry seed oil has anti-inflammatory and calming effects and is therefore well suited for the care of impure skin. It is a light oil with a low melting point that does not lay on top of each other. The oil does not leave a greasy film and thus provides non-film-forming emulsions which are well suited for the care of oily and impure skin. Degree of comedogenicity = 1-2

Currant seed oil

Due to its high content of stearidonic acid, the mild currant seed oil is ideal for impure skin with a tendency to acne and inflammatory skin conditions. Especially sensitive skin is effectively soothed by the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil. Black currant seed oil can be just as effective for skin irritations as for eczema. Degree of comedogenicity = 0-1

Sea buckthorn oil

All sea buckthorn oils have antibacterial properties and thus disinfect inflamed skin areas and help them to heal. Especially the fatty acid linoleum promotes the natural defense and protective function of the skin and supports the removal of dead skin cells. Degree of comedogenicity = 1

Grapeseed oil

Grapeseed oil is absorbed very quickly without leaving a greasy film. Therefore the oil is well suited for the care of mixed, oily, and impure skin. Due to its refatting and moisture-regulating effect, however, even dry and cracked skin can be treated well with grapeseed oil. Degree of comedogenicity = 1

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Consistency enhancer
5 gr spermaceti substitute

Spermaceti Substitute (Cetyl Palmitate)
Spermaceti substitute has the identical qualities of Spermaceti but does not habe to be sourced like traditional Spermaceti from the frontal cavity of the Pottwals. It is a skin-friendly consistency enhancer without being greasy. Spermaceti substitute is one of the few synthetic substances in the cosmetics industry that is not said to have any negative effects.

3 gr Montanov68

Montanov 68
Montano 68 is an excellent emulsifier for rich yet light creams that leave a moisturized, soft skin feeling, are absorbed very quickly and provide noticeable care. Montanov 68 does not require a co-emulsifier and no further stabilizers.


Those who like ultra-light creams that leave no film are well-advised to use this emulsifier. Montanov L is an emulsifier for light lotions or moisturizing fluids. Emulsions based on this emulsifier are particularly easy to pour off since it flows quite thinly.

Emulsan L

Emulsan is a mild and non-overlying emulsifier recommended for lotions and rather light creams. But the emulsifier is also suitable for higher fat phases.

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Water Phase (2/3)
100 ml of witch hazel water

Witch hazel hydrosol
Witch hazel water is a plant distillate made from the branches and leaves of the witch hazel bush. The witch hazel is also known as hamamelis. Witch hazel water has anti-inflammatory effects and prevents inflammations. It also has an astringent effect (contracting) and thus refines pores and makes the skin look more even. Alternatively, plain water can be used. The water should be demineralized or distilled. Normal tap water usually contains too much lime and the ions of the water may have a negative influence on the properties of the emulsion. Irrespective of the type of water, it should be boiled before use (let it boil for 5 minutes) to kill germs. Alternatively, different plant hydrosol can be used as well.

Thyme hydrosol

Due to its cleansing and antiseptic effect, thyme hydrosol is very well suited for the care of skin impurities and acne. Besides its disinfecting effect, thyme also has a soothing effect on the skin.

Distilled or demineralised water

Normal tap water usually has a too high lime content and the ions in the water can negatively influence the properties of the preparations. You could also use boiled mineral water, but for cosmetic purposes, you also want to avoid minerals and bacteria.

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Thermo Unstable Additives (3/3)
7 drops of essential chamomile oil
3 drops of essential thyme oil
15 drops of biokons

Essential camomile oil
Essential camomile oil has strong healing effects on the skin. It has a calming, anti-inflammatory effect and thus frees blocked pores, soothes impure skin and acne. It is also recommended for an itchy scalp and dandruff. While supporting the healing of the skin essential camomile oil also helps to clean the skin.

Essential thyme oil
Essential thyme oil fights acne. Numerous creams and ointments for acne treatment contain the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide, which kills the acne pathogen propionibacterium. Studies show that the active ingredients contained in essential thyme oil are equivalent to this chemical substance.

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Biokons is a preservative with which the cream can be used for 3 to 6 months.

Application and Shelf Life

  • After the preparation of the cream, it is best to wait a while before application, since creams with spermaceti substitute still harden after cooling down and reach their final consistency only after 2 to 3 days.
  • The cream should be applied in the evening due to its slight yellow coloring effect.
  • The cream should be spread evenly on the face and slightly massaged in. In the morning any residue can be washed off.

The cream has a shelf life of 3-6 months.

Anti-Acne Turmeric Cream Recipe

  • 25 ml of turmeric oil extract
  • 5 grams of spermaceti substitute
  • 3 gr Montanov68
  • 100 ml of witch hazel water
  • 7 drops of essential camomile oil
  • 3 drops of essential thyme oil
  • 5 drops of Biokons
  • 2 heat-resistant beakers (or preserving jars, water bath insert)
  • ultraviolet or brown glass cream jar
  1. For the fat phase, pour the turmeric oil, Tegumols, and spermaceti substitute into a heat-resistent vessel. Fill the water phase (witch hazel water) into a container as well.
  2. Now place both vessels in a hot water bath so that the fat melts and the hamamelis water is heated. Once the oil has melted, remove both vessels from the water bath.
  3. Pour the water phase into the fat phase while stirring constantly. Then place the vessel in a cold water bath & continue stirring.
  4. Last, add the essential oils and the Biokons and mix well. Now fill the cream into a brown or ultraviolet cream jar to protect it from the sun.


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Haftung: All stated effects are for information purposes only and do not replace a visit to the doctor. There is no guarantee for stated effects and skin compatibility of the raw materials and the end product. The production and application is at your own risk and responsibility.

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