Don’t you hate it when you have that all important date or meeting and there pops in the dreaded enemy! An acne or a pimple!! Always at the wrong place at the wrong time! Acne is a problem plaguing a majority of youngsters worldwide, however many men and women in early to late twenties also develop acne and pimples.
From an ayurvedic standpoint, Acne and pimples may show imbalance across all 3 dosha’s, but it’s most common to have Pitta dosha and rakta dhatu (blood) involved.
The first stage of Pitta acne is the formation of blackheads, which form when oil and dead cells block skin pores and turn black. This is followed by redness, inflammation and formation of pimples over the affected areas. Acne can appear over the face, neck, chest, back and scalp.
A large number of factors are responsible for acne – pitta imbalance, hormonal imbalance, unhealthy diet, sleep deprivation and stress being some of them. In some people, it is hereditary. Sometimes simply the lack of skin care deprives you of clear skin. Oily skin is more prone to pimples and acne. Some people eat the wrong foods and at irregular times, which leads to constipation. Consequently the body accumulates toxins in the bloodstream leading to skin troubles.
The best way to manage the acne trouble is to balance the Pitta dosha. Diet plays a major role both as a cause as well as a treatment for acne. Drink lots of water to get rid of the toxins in your body. Avoid oily, fatty and processed foods, sweets and carbonated drinks. In the short-term though, there are several simple and effective home remedies which can be tried to get rid of acne.
2. Oranges: Oranges are a delight not only for our taste buds but also for our skin. We can sun dry some orange peels and grind them into a powder. This powder mixed with some water can be used as a face mask to overcome the problem of acne.
3. Tomato: The vitamin C and acid content of tomato helps to ward off acne and pimples. You can simply rub a slice of tomato over the pimples. Alternatively, tomato pulp applied over the affected area for 45 minutes and then washed with cold water also does the trick.
4. Honey and Cinnamon: Honey has an anti-bacterial action whereas cinnamon is anti-inflammatory by nature. Use a mixture of honey and cinnamon powder over the pimples overnight and wash it the next morning. Follow this routine for a fortnight and see the magic it works on your pimples.
5. Turmeric: Turmeric, nature’s anti-biotic, has been used as a skin care product since ancient times. A mixture of turmeric and neem (Indian lilac) leaves makes an effective face pack for acne. We can also use coriander leaves instead of neem leaves.
6. Fuller’s Earth: Commonly known as multani mitti, Fuller’s earth is a traditional ingredient in beauty masks. It makes a healing face pack for pimples when mixed with rose water and sandalwood powder. It works as a magical potion by drying the skin and clearing the pimples. You can buy Fuller’s earth at your local general store.
7. Potato: Potato is high in vitamin B and vitamin C both of which boost skin health. Shredded raw potato is an effective skin remedy and gives a glow to the skin.
8. Fenugreek: Application of a paste made by grinding fenugreek (methi) leaves for 15 minutes every night and then washing it off with water is another measure to put an end to the pimple problem.
9. Garlic: Crush some cloves of garlic, mix them with water and apply over the affected area. Garlic has an anti-fungal and antibiotic action on pimples and acne. Consuming 3-4 cloves of garlic daily for a month also helps.
10. Cucumber: Cucumber has always been known as a soother for the skin. Ground cucumber can be applied on the face. It helps in drying out the skin and making it pimple free. It also helps in exfoliating dead skin cells.
11. Apple: Grate a piece of apple and mix it with some honey to make a paste. Use this paste on the affected spot for 20 minutes. The redness and inflammation will subside after some time.
12. Green Tea: Make some green tea and freeze it into ice cubes. Rub these cubes on the pimples a few times during the day. These act as an astringent and reduce redness and swelling.
13. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar diluted with water acts as a toner and helps to exfoliate dead skin. It maintains the pH balance of the skin and gives it a healthy glow.
14. Aloe Vera Gel: Cooling Aloe vera gel is one of the most popular multipurpose natural remedies. Applying aloe vera gel to the pimples gives a quick relief.
15. Egg White: Separate egg white from the yolk, whip it up and dab it on the pimples at bedtime. Leave it overnight and wash with warm water in the morning.
Apart from diet and home remedies, remember to keep your skin clean and wash your face at least twice a day with a mild face wash. Do not touch or scratch your pimples as it can lead to ugly scars. A good night’s sleep also gives a healthy glow to the skin. A healthy lifestyle is the key to clear and glowing skin.