Ayurvedic Treatment for Acne

Acne

Almost all of us have to face this skin condition at some point in which excess production of oil from the sebaceous glands leads to the blockage of hair follicles which result into pimple growth on the skin. It is most common in adults and is therefore known as Yauvanpidika in Ayurveda. It usually affects the face, back and shoulders and other areas with high densely of sebaceous glands.

Causes
Its occurrence is related to the impairment of all the three doshas, predominantly the pitta dosha, which further vitiates the rakta and meda dhatus (blood and fat tissues) producing toxins that block the energy channels of the face assisting pimple formation. This condition can be further encouraged by excessive intake of spicy, salty, oily and sour foods.

Symptoms

  • Pimples
  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads

Ayurvedic Acne Treatment

Though this issue is related to the imbalance in all the three doshas — vata, pitta and kapha; the main cause is the aggravation of the pitta dosha that results into accumulation of heating toxins. These heating toxins result into contamination of deeper tissues leading to acne. Acne is deep-rooted and using local creams, antibiotics and lotions will only masks the symptoms while specific Ayurvedic treatment such as correct diet, active lifestyle and herbal compositions can help in eliminating the disease.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Foods with excess spices, oil and processed food need to be avoided.
  • Avoid acne aggravating cosmetics.
  • Herbs that have cooling effects on the body like fennel, coriander seeds and Indian gooseberry (amla) can be consumed for positive results.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Make it a habit to wash your face repeatedly with mild herbal soaps.

Home Remedies

  • Mix coriander seeds, turmeric, fennel, basil and amla equally and take ½ teaspoon of this powder 15 minutes before meals.
  • Take 1 teaspoon of powdered amla in morning and evening with water.