As a child growing up in India, I remember the hot and sultry months of April and May being busy ones in every Indian household. June was when the Southwest monsoon would unleash its fury, and there would be days when no one could venture out of their homes because of the heavy, torrential rains.
These two months were officially the time when the house would be stocked up to tide itself over the next few months. Red chilies, turmeric roots, and coriander seeds were all dried in the sun before being taken to the spice mill to be ground individually or into a secret blend of spices (the recipe of which each family guarded with their lives). I remember being in crowded marketplaces with the aromas of various spices teasing my nose.
When the medical world could not shed light on a cure for my acne, which was also leaving behind dark marks and scars, it was only natural that I, too, turned toward my spice shelf. After a lot of experimenting and talking to other women, these are the three spices that I now incorporate into my skin care routine to ensure my skin stays clear, smooth, and free of acne.