Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. While curcumin is poorly absorbed when taken orally, topical curcumin (in a properly formulated gel or cream) is well absorbed.
Curcumin reduces inflammation and scarring, based on its inhibition of the enzyme phosphorylase kinase. Treatment with topical curcumin may also decrease keloid formation, and help to heal wounds, burns, and sun damaged skin.
Chronic problems, like rosacea and acne that involve inflammatory processes which may produce residual scarring, also appear to respond well to topical curcumin. While there are other anti-inflammatory medications available, e.g. topical corticosteroids, the advantage of topical curcumin is the general safety of the substance and the lack of observable side effects.
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