a skin condition in which there is excess production of oil from the sebaceous
glands leading to the blockage of hair follicles. It is the most common problem
of adolescents, and is therefore known as Yauvanpidika in
Ayurveda; yauvan means ‚Äėadolescence‚Äô and pidika means
‚Äėpustules or papules‚Äô. Acne usually affects the face, back and shoulders and
other areas that are densely populated with sebaceous glands. Acne presents
either as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or nodules.
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.
has a singular approach to all forms of acne as this problem appears due to
imbalance of the three doshas ‚ÄĒ vata, pitta and kapha.
However, the main cause is the aggravation of the pitta
dosha, an Ayurvedic humor that symbolizes heat or fire. Pitta
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.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
Avoid spicy, oily and sour foods.
Eat fresh, unprocessed food.
Increase the use of herbs that have cooling effects on the body
like fennel, coriander seeds, Indian gooseberry (amla) and aloe vera.
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.
Prepare a powdered mixture of coriander seeds, fennel, basil,
turmeric and Indian gooseberry (amla) in equal parts. Take ¬Ĺ teaspoon of this
powder 15 minutes before lunch and dinner.
Have 1 teaspoon of powdered Indian gooseberry fruit (amla) in
morning and evening with water.
Take one teaspoon of coriander juice mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder.
Drink twice daily.