Acne (Pimples)

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne usually appears on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Effective treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, and when one begins to go away, others seem to crop up.It is the most common problem of adolescents, and is therefore known as Yauvanpidika in Ayurveda; yauvan means ‘adolescence’ and pidika means ‘pustules or papules’.

Ayurveda has a singular approach to all forms of acne as this problem appears due to imbalance of the three doshas — vata, pitta and kapha. However, the main cause is the aggravation of the pitta doshaPitta dosha manifests in the skin and causes accumulation of heating toxins. These heating toxins accumulate in deep tissues like rasa (nutrient plasma), rakta, (blood), mamsa (muscles) and lasika (lymphatic). These toxins cause contamination of deeper tissues, leading to the condition of Yauvanpidika. Because acne is deep-rooted, use of local creams, antibiotics and lotions only masks the symptoms. Thus, specific Ayurvedic treatment is advised which includes right diet, lifestyle and some specialized herbal combinations that tackle the disease from its root cause.

Symptoms:
    • Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
    • Blackheads (open plugged pores) — the oil turns brown when it is exposed to air
    • Small red, tender bumps (papules)
    • Pimples (pustules) - which are papules with pus at their tips
    • Large, solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin (nodules)
    • Painful pustules

Causes:
  • The primary cause is impairment of all the three doshas, predominantly the pitta dosha, which further vitiates the rakta and meda dhatus (blood and fat tissues). Vitiated doshas produce toxins that block the energy channels of the face leading to pimple formation. The condition of acne can also be aggravated by excessive intake of oily, spicy, salty and sour foods.

Diet & Lifestyle:
  • Avoid spicy, oily and sour foods.
  • Eat fresh, unprocessed food.
  • Increase intake of water to about 8-10 glasses per day.
  • Wash your face frequently with mild herbal soaps.
  • Avoid irritant cosmetics.
  • Do not squeeze the acne lesions.

Home Remedy:
  • Take one teaspoon of coriander juice mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder. Drink twice daily.
Wash face four or five times per day with water.

Note: Medicine should be taken according to vaidya/docter


Treatment with Remedies