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All about Acne and how to overcome it naturally with Ayurveda!

By Mi.Bo.So
December 14, 2020
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A person’s face is their unique identity, and hence it should receive the utmost care. Knowing that you have healthy, glowing facial skin is a confidence booster, whereas any blemishes, spots, and zits can cause concern. Almost all of us have had a momentous occasion – weddings, birthdays, graduation parties, etc. – ruined by those pesky pimples popping up on the face at the most inopportune moment.


The healthcare and cosmetics market is flooded with artificial, chemically induced products that advertise instant cure against Acne. Many customers are apprehensive of using these non-natural, sometimes potentially harmful synthetic formulations and treatments. On the other hand, there is an effective, time-tested alternative – Ayurveda.


Ayurveda provides completely natural remedies for Acne!


So let’s find out more about this relatively common but troublesome skin condition and how to get rid of Acne, the Ayurveda way!


What is Acne?


What is Acne?

Acne, also called ‘Yuvana Pidaka’ in Ayurveda, is a skin condition that starts during the early stages of puberty. The hormonal changes cause the sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum or oil in our skin pores. The extra oil mixes with dead cells and other pollutants, gets trapped in the hair follicle, and clogs or blocks the pores. These clogged skin pores cause the skin to break out in an inflammation known as Acne.


Are pimples and Acne the same?


Are pimples and Acne the same?

No, there is a difference between Acne and pimple. Acne is the actual skin condition, whereas pimples are just one of its symptoms. According to Ayurveda, there are two types of Acne – one with pus, which tends to leave marks on the face or the affected areas, and the other without pus.


What are the root causes of Acne?


What are the root causes of Acne?

According to Ayurveda, each individual has a distinct Prakruti (body type) established right at birth and comprises the interplay between the tridoshas, namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda also states that the skin has seven layers and is not just located superficially but goes deeper into the body. Thus, most skin diseases, such as Acne, have deep-rooted origins. Some known causes include


sour-or-salty-like-panipuri-pickles

Pitta dusti happens due to the intake of food products that are hot in potency or taste sour or salty like panipuri, pickles, chips, bakery products, paneer, curd, raw tomato, etc. Consumption of these foods leads to blood vitiation, which reflects in the form of Acne, as there are many teja mahabhuta (fire element) pradhan (dominated) areas located on the face


Long-working-hours

Long working hours with minimal movement – especially IT professionals working long hours on the laptop can develop Acne on the back.


Accumulated-stress-or-anger

Accumulated stress or anger due to personal or professional problems can increase Pitta and cause blood disorders which may result in Acne


Excess-deposition-of-fat

Excess deposition of fat along with Pitta dusti can also cause Acne, although in these cases, the blood vitiation is on the lesser side


Irregular-menses

Irregular menses or early menses or menopause can also cause Acne due to Pitta dusti along with rasa dhatu (Plasma) vitiation


improper-lifestyle

Improper lifestyle with no exercise, late sleeping habits are some other essential factors for acne outbreaks


What are the effective Ayurvedic treatments for Acne?


What are the effective Ayurvedic treatments for Acne?


Ayurveda believes that conditions such as Acne are not just skin deep but go further into the body, and thus the treatments, both internal and external, must go to the root cause of the problem. The Ayurvedic skin treatments provide a natural, holistic, and unconventional approach to getting rid of Acne.


The primary step for all Ayurvedic Vaidyas is to learn a person’s Prakruti and how the tridoshas affect the skin. The Vaidya ascertains if the Agni (digestive fire) is affecting digestion and metabolism, causing the buildup of waste matter called Ama. Incorrect food habits and diet cause Ama – one of the leading causes of Acne and skin discolouration.


Some natural Ayurvedic treatments for Acne include:


Inculcating-a-healthy-diet

Inculcating a healthy diet of fruits & vegetables while avoiding spicy, oily foods


Avoiding-constipation-by-consuming-black-raisins

Avoiding constipation by consuming black raisins (approx. 10) in quantity at night before sleeping.


Application-of-Manjista-churna

Application of Manjista churna or Ananta Churna on the face


Use-of-Nisha-Tel-with

Use of Nisha Tel with Yastimadhu churna to remove marks


Using-herbal-mixtures

Using herbal mixtures that include ingredients such as Neem, Turmeric, Guduchi, Chandan, Manjistha, aloe vera, amla, tulsi, etc. which have a cooling effect on the body


Avoiding-squeezing-the-pimples

Avoiding bursting/squeezing the pimples


Washing-the-face

Washing the face with mild herbal face washes 


Seperate-towel

Using separate face towels to avoid external infections


Drinking-8-10-glasses-of-water

Drinking 8-10 glasses of water


Get-at-least-7-8-hours-of-sleep

Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep


Before commencing any Ayurvedic remedies, it is recommended to consult your Ayurvedic Vaidya. Every acne case is different and may require a specific and extensive treatment approach such as vamana, rakhtamokshana, virechana, nasya, etc. which can only be recommended by an expert Ayurvedic Vaidya.


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While modern medicine targets symptoms instead of the cause, Ayurveda is a 5000-year old science that focuses on prevention in addition to cure. Mi.Bo.So. helps you balance your health with this power of Ayurveda, with a dedicated Wellness Team of specialist Ayurvedic vaidyas, Ayurvedic dieticians and yoga coaches to monitor and help you through your journey with daily, personalised advice.


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Note: This article is for information purpose only. Always consult an expert Ayurvedic Vaidya for any skin related, or any other, conditions.

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