Why Women in India Keep a Stash of Turmeric (And Other Acne Treatments From Around the World)
While many pimple-prone American women swear by three-step, acid-drenched regimens to get rid of their acne, women in other countries turn to tried-and-true, all-natural zit zappers.
Indian women mix freshly powdered turmeric with mint juice to form a pimple-preventing paste that is used as a spot treatment for 30 minutes and then rinsed off with tepid water. Another plant used to treat acne in India is Tulsi (Basil). Based on ayurvedic medicine, dried tulsi leaves are steeped in hot water. Once cooled, the mixture is used as a tonic for the face.
Known for their flawless, porcelain-like complexions, Japanese women spend a lot of time taking care of their skin (good genes certainly help, too). And, one ingredient that women in Japan love in their beauty products is Camellia Seed Oil. Rich in fatty acids, this oil restores skin elasticity and has been known to soothe acne outbreaks.
French women use cosmetics religiously, and nothing says clear skin like French Green Clay. Filled with minerals like smectite and illite, French Green Clay has oil-absorbing properties, which is why women in France don't think twice about slathering it on their faces as a mask to help draw out acne-inducing impurities.
What's your favorite acne fighter?