Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract

An extract derived from the thick roots of curcuma (turmeric), a famous yellow spice and a major ingredient in curry powder. It is used in skincare for its proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract


Curcuma longa root extract is extracted from the thick roots (rhizomes) of curcuma (turmeric). Turmeric is a famous yellow spice and a major ingredient in curry powder. It is used in skincare for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric, with its main active phytochemical called curcumin, is one of the trendiest natural remedies from the last decade.

It has been subject to numerous studies, including clinical trials for various diseases. The results are mixed. Curcumin is infamous for its poor ability to be absorbed from the digestive tract, which makes most orally taken doses useless. Skin application is also tricky because the bright yellow curcumin may stain the skin.

Despite this, the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric extracts have been proven numerous times, as well as their benefits for skin-related problems such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. It may even help to fix the skin pigmentation issues, however this hasn't been confirmed in clinical tests yet (it is, however, confirmed in cell cultures and on mice).


Vaughn, A. R., Branum, A., & Sivamani, R. K. (2016). Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence. Phytotherapy Research, 30(8), 1243–1264.
Jang, Ji Yeon, et al. ""Partially purified Curcuma longa inhibits alpha‐melanocyte‐stimulating hormone‐stimulated melanogenesis through extracellular signal‐regulated kinase or Akt activation‐mediated signalling in B16F10 cells."" Experimental dermatology 18.8 (2009): 689-694.