Kasturi Manjal as an Effective Anti-Acne Treatment
I am writing this review keeping Rauni in mind. I had mentioned somewhere on IMBB that Kasturi Manjal was good for prevention of acne. Rauni was interested and asked for a review, so here I am, reviewing Kasturi Manjal, whose botanical name is Curcuma aromatica.
Kasturi Manjal is different from the turmeric that we use in cooking (Curcuma longa) in many ways. One major difference is that it does not stain that heavily as opposed to the turmeric which is used for cooking.
I had seen my cousin sister using Kasturi Manjal from her garden on her face to prevent pimples. When I searched for Kasturi Manjal locally, I found Banjara’s brand selling it, but I am not very fond of Banjara’s face packs, so I skipped that. I looked at shops selling ayurvedic medicines and I found this pack of powdered Kasturi manjal. Other good brand to pick up kasturi manjal from is the Kottakal Arya Vaidyshala, which sells genuine manjal.
A Little Information about Kasthuri Manjal (Curcuma aromatica):
Curcuma aromatica is called Kasthuri manjal in malayalam and in Sanskrit it is called as Vanaharidra. It is used in making cosmetics, especially against pimples. It is also believed to be an effective fairness agent (I have not used it that regularly, so not so sure about that, but there are people who vouch that kasturi manjal has made them fair). Curcuma aromatica’s paste is applied on body to get protection against skin diseases. It is also believed that it also reduces hair growth, although the claim is not supported scientifically. Turmeric is a great antiseptic and perhaps that explains its effectiveness in preventing acne and other kind of fungal and skin diseases. The powder of kasturi manjal can be used for face treatments and in face packs against acne and blemishes.
My Experience with Kasturi Pasupu Choornam/Kasturi Manjal:
Kasturi Pasupu Choornam is the telugu name for kasturi manjal. I picked up this packet from an Ayurvedic pharmacy and it is manufactured by the Ayurvedic Shastric Medicine. This choornam or powder comes in a 100 gm packet, which costs only Rs. 56, pretty cheap for a product that is so effective in preventing acne and that too without any preservatives or chemicals. There are no other ingredients in this packet except the powdered turmeric and there are absolutely no other preservatives, which means if you don’t transfer the contents to another lid container, the powder might catch moisture. I had transferred almost 75% of the packet’s content into a plastic container, which I am unable to find right now, so I am putting a picture of an almost-empty packet:cry:
This Kasturi Manjal powder is a very potent and strong antiseptic and antibacterial agent. There are some days when I have been really lazy with my skin cleansing routine and the next day I notice a bout of acne. At that time, as an instant anti-acne treatment, I mix this Kasturi Manjal with two tablespoons of curd or besan (chickpea flour) and apply it as a smooth paste. Please do note that it stings like hell:yikes: and if you skip mixing it with curd, you will feel as if your whole face is on fire!!!!
So, be sure that you are either mixing it with curd or honey before it goes on to your face. Most importantly, people with sensitive skin BEWARE. I have seen people who are allergic to turmeric, so doing a patch test on a single pimple or an area on your arm is important.
Coming back to my own experience, after keeping the paste for around 15 minutes, I wash it off without much yellow stain left on my face. It does brighten the face a bit and my grandmother says if I do this regularly, I can become fair, but I am too lazy to do this on a regular basis and no, I don’t want to become fair at the cost of giving up on my laziness :nababana: :mirror:
Okay, so by the next morning, I noticed that almost all of the zits have disappeared. So, I know that this is my one-wonder drug without any salicyclic acid or benzoyl peroxide that can cure acne as effectively as these or better. However, if the acne attack is really severe, it may take up to 3 days of continuous application to get completely acne-free.
Having suffered from the side effects of strong anti-acne drugs and medicines, I am using kasturi manjal for acne treatment, which is a complete natural treatment without any preservative.
Pros of Kasturi Manjal/Kasturi Pasupu Choornam:
- An effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent which prevents acne.
- It does not stain like the turmeric that we use for cooking.
- Kasturi Manjal does not have any preservatives or chemical agents that might prove harmful or lead to hormonal imbalances in the future.
- Regular use of Kasturi Manjal improves skin tone and complexion (just remember the clause that you must not be superlazy like me!). :teeth
- Easily available in local ayurvedic stores and can be grown in your backyard without any significant effort.
- Potent anti-acne treatment.
- Believed to be effective in reducing facial hair (again, this, scientifically has not been proven).
Cons of Kasturi Manjal/Kasturi Pasupu Choornam:
- Some people might be allergic to turmeric, so it is advised to first do a patch test on an emerging pimple or an arm to check sensitivity.
- People with sensitive skin BEWARE. Since this is such a strong antiseptic agent, Kasturi Manjal should either be mixed in curd, chickpea flour, or honey in a paste form. If used alone, it might sting the skin badly.
- Since most of the time, it comes in a packet, transferring it to a container with lid is important so that it does not catch moisture.
- If the acne is in the cystic form, it may take 3 days of continuous and religious application to clear off the acne.
So, all you ladies, who are suffering from acne and are scared of the side effects of anti-acne drugs and medicines, do “try this at home,” and there might be a little stinging, but then that’s okay, that is how Kasturi Manjal works, but please do a patch test before it goes on your face.
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