Turmeric contains curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory agent that helps in reducing inflammatory conditions of the skin such as acne. Apart from curcumin, turmeric contains several compounds that researchers believe contain antibiotic properties. By fighting the acne causing bacteria and reducing inflammation, turmeric helps in accelerating acne healing and preventing appearance of acne scars. The antioxidant components present in acne, by diminishing the scavenging activities of free radicals, help in improving the health of the skin. The ability of turmeric to treat acne and brighten complexion is recognized in Ayurvedic medicine. The website The Happy Skin Diary has shared a turmeric mask recipe for people troubled by acne flare ups.