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Acne Ayurveda Remedy and Herbal Treatment

Author : Gurnam Saini  
Ayurvedic Acne Treatment in Melbourne
Ayurvedic Acne Treatment in Melbourne

We all wish for beautiful, glowing and healthy skin. It serves a cosmetic purpose and boosts our emotional health and self-confidence.

Sometimes Acne, blemishes and scars can make us feel disappointed and unhappy. Acne is a stubborn health condition that may be hard to treat. They usually appear on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back.


Natural Herbal Acne Treatment 


Herbs that prevent bacterial growth, reduce inflammation, and remove blockage of hair follicles may be beneficial in treating Acne.


Following Ayurvedic Herbs have been used traditionally for centuries to manage skin conditions like Acne:


Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)


Manjistha has been used for gout, eczema, psoriasis and pimples. It may help to purify the blood and removes the ama unwanted waste products from the body. Accumulation of various waste products in the body causes functional abnormalities, which may also cause fluctuation of hormones. In Acne, manjistha helps to detoxify the blood and skin. It may further help to control the excess oil production from sebaceous glands and stop bacterial growth due to its anti-bacterial actions.


As per the research done by Shinde Kalyani Ramchandra et al., a mixture of varna dravyas (Varnya dravya are those which are useful for imparting complexion ) used in the form of external application can be beneficial for the treatment of Acne when used simultaneously with internal administration of the drugs. A leap of Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) powder with honey proves very helpful.


Turmeric (Curcuma longa)


Turmeric has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Due to these characteristics, turmeric may help to stop the growth of bacteria in clogged hair follicles and reduces inflammation of hair follicles. Curcumin is a natural compound present in turmeric that is responsible for all its beneficial properties. Moreover, turmeric also helps to get rid of blockages of hair follicles, so it may also prevent the recurrence of Acne.


Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)


Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties and is used in many health conditions, including acidity, ulcer, skin diseases, mental disorders, etc. In Acne, it may act to reduce inflammatory lesion and controls sebum production by stabilizing hormonal fluctuations. These actions may be due to the liquorice's triterpene glycosides and glycyrrhizic acid alkaloids.


Neem (Azadirachta indica)


Neem (for topical use only) has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which may help treat Acne. It may also help to purify the blood and remove the ama, i.e., unwanted waste products from it, which helps to better the skin health. Neem is an anti-toxic herb that enhances immunity against bacterial growth and prevents secondary infections of hair follicles. It may reduce the redness and tenderness of the pimples.


Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia)


Giloy is known for its immunomodulator action and anti-inflammatory properties. It lets the body fights against infections so that it may benefit Acne. Due to its natural properties to reduce inflammation, it may be helpful in inflammatory lesions of Acne.


Triphala (Three Myrobalan)


Triphala combines fruits from Terminalia chebula, Emblica officinalis and Terminalia bellerica. Triphala has the properties of healing and expelling the body's toxins. Ayurveda believes that the root cause of most Acne is the accumulation of amatoxins and constipation. So, Triphala helps to manage constipation, cleanses the digestive system, and removes toxins from the body.


Acne Natural Treatment- Ayurvedic Therapies and Panchkarma Detox 


Natural Treatments for Acne - Ayurvedic Herbal Medicines


The following Ayurveda medicines have been used traditionally to treat skin conditions like Acne:  


  • Aragwadharishtam
  • Khadiraristam
  • Jathyadi Thailam
  • Aragwadhadhi Kashayam
  • Guluchadi kashaya
  • Gulguluthiktakam Kashayam
  • Mahamanjistadi kashayam
  • Nimbadi Kashayam
  • Panchathikthakam Kashayam
  • Gulguluthikthakam Kashayam tablets
  • Mahathikthakam kashayam tablets
  • Kaisora gulgulu vatika
  • Gulgulu thikthaka gritham
  • Haridrakhandam 
  • Chyawanprash
  • Kumkumadi Oil
  • Saribhadyasavam


Acne Treatment- Ayurvedic Therapies and Panchkarma Detox 


Ayurvedic face pack


The Ayurvedic face pack may help locally to reduce redness, tenderness and pain due to Acne. It also helps to speed up the healing process and helps to prevent bacterial growth due to its anti-microbial properties. Ayurvedic face packs generally contain Chandan, salvia, Vacha, manjistha, masoor and dhania.


The herbal combination for the face pack can be particular for a sufferer because each person may have different ayurvedic body humour dominance, so it will be good for the patient that he should take advice from a qualified ayurvedic doctor before applying any face pack on his face.


Ayurvedic detoxification


Accumulated ama/toxins are underlying factors that can cause fluctuation in hormonal levels, disturb body metabolism, and block the channels, including hair follicles. Therefore, Ayurveda considers body detoxification where necessary to help cleanse the body. Virechana is the most suitable ayurvedic detoxification therapy for Acne. 


Yoga to Reduce Acne 


Most breathing exercises (pranayama) help improve health and fight infections, hence preventing Acne. Other helpful yoga poses include Surya Namaskar (sun salutation, Agnisara Asana (Combining yoga poses with breathing exercises), Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), Bhujangasana (cobra pose), savasana (Corpse Pose) and Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend).


Lifestyle to Prevent Acne 


  • Avoid excessive consumption of sugars and natural carbohydrates.
  • Avoid junk foods, fried and fatty foods.
  • Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
  • Do not take spicy foods, tea, and coffee in excess amounts.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Wash the face thrice a day.
  • Keep the look free from the extra oil.
  • Refrain from talking more about sour and salty foods.
  • Do not scratch Acne; it can lead to scar formation.
  • Do not rub the face; gently clean the face using a herbal face wash.
  • Take plenty of fibre-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables.


Proper hygiene and a balanced diet are essential to acne treatment and Ayurveda management. Adequate care should be taken for correcting diet and lifestyle. One should also avoid irregular dietary habits and taking harmful foods like junk foods.


Ayurveda detoxification and Ayurveda herbs can be beneficial for eliminating Acne from the face and other parts of the body. 


If you wish to consult Ayurveda, you may contact one of our Ayurveda Practitioners, Gurnam Saini or Pooja Saini, in Melbourne. Both of our Practitioners are Qualified Ayurveda Doctors from India. You may contact us at "Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic". People who can't reach us personally may choose online Ayurveda consultation. 



  1. Bezalwar Pratik M, Gomashe Ashok V, Gulhane Pranita A, ‘A quest of Anti-Acne Potential of Herbal Medicines for Extermination of MDR Staphylococcus aureus’, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science Invention, Volume 3 Issue 6, June 2014, PP.12-17, https://www.ijpsi.org/Papers/Vol3(6)/C0361012017.pdf
  2. Shinde Kalyani Ramchandra, V.R. Borakhade, 'Acne and its Ayurvedic Management', International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, https://www.iamj.in/current_issue/images/upload/32_36.pdf


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Author Bio:

Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More


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