Everyone desires to have a beautiful face, glowing and brighter skin and to achieve same, a person tries many tips and remedies.
All wants to look great and free from all types of facial deformities including acne, blemishes and scars. Acne are stubborn health condition, which are very difficult to treat with modern medicines.
Sometimes, doctors precribe very strong medicines that futher cause many other after effects in the body. They occur when hair follicles clog up with oil and dead cells under the skin. They appears on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back.
Causes of Acne
There are three major contributing factors for the acne formation:
Buildup of bacteria
Irregular sloughing of dead skin cells
Sebum production and normal shedding of dead skin cells do not cause any problem of acne. But when sebum production and sloughing off dead skin cells abnormally increase, then they accumulate in the hair follicles and form a soft plug, which can become a positive environment for bacteria growth.
Hair follicles clog up and bulge to produce whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. Inflammation and blockage of hair follicles can also lead to develop a lump under the skin and it is called a cyst.
Some factors can worsen the condition and the details are given below:
Hormone: During the puberty, changes occur in androgen hormones in both girls and boys. These hormones may cause the overproduction of the sebum in the sebaceous glands. Hormonal changes in pregnancy can also result in similar consequences.
Oral contraceptives: Oral contraceptive drugs also affect the sebum production.
Medication: Lithium, androgens and corticosteroids
Diet: Eating foods rich in direct sugar content, dairy products and excess carbohydrates can also trigger acne formation.
Types & Symptoms of Acne
Acne typically occurs in the areas where the maximum numbers of oil glands are present, so they appears on face, neck, shoulders, chest and back.
Generally, acnes have two types of lesion - non-inflammatory and inflammatory.
A) Non-inflammatory lesions:
Generally, whiteheads and blackheads are non-inflammatory acne and called comedones. These occur when the hair follicles pores become blocked with oil secretion and clogged with dead skin cells or bacteria.
B) Inflammatory lesions:
Papules: These are small raised red bumps and occur due to infection and inflammation of hair follicles. They are tender and painful to touch.
Pustules: Pustules are also red and tender bumps, but they also contain pus at the tips.
Nodules: Nodules indicate deep blockage of hair follicles, which lead to lump formation under the surface of the skin. They are very painful and tender.
Cysts: A cyst is a type of acne filled with pus and present under the surface of the skin. Cysts also cause scar formation after they heal.
Herbs that stops bacterial growth, reduces inflammation, removes blockage of hair follicles are beneficial in the treatment. Most effective herbs in veggie capsules are available in Melbourne from Ayurvedic Clinic named "Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic" to cure any kind of acne problem. Many patients with acne have got good results using this herbal formula.The following herbs help in the acne treatment in Melbourne.
Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)
Manjistha is used for gout, eczema, psoriasis and pimples. It purifies the blood and removes the toxins from the body. Accumulation of various toxins in the body causes functional abnormalities, which may also cause fluctuation of hormones. In acne, manjistha detoxifies the blood and skin. It further helps to control excess production of oil from sebaceous glands and stops bacterial growth due to its anti-bacterial actions.
As per research done by Shinde Kalyani Ramchandra et al, a mixture of varnya dravyas (Varnya dravya are those which are useful for imparting complexion ) used in the form of external application proves very effective for treatment of acne when used simultaneously with internal administration of the drugs. A lepa of Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) powder with honey proves to be very beneficial.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Due to these characteristics, turmeric helps to stop the growth of bacteria in clogged hair follicles and reduces inflammation of hair follicles. Curcumin is a natural compound present in turmeric responsible for all its beneficial properties. Moreover, turmeric also helps to get rid of blockages of hair follicles, so it also prevents recurrence of the acne.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties and used in many health conditions including acidity, ulcer, skin diseases, mental disorders, etc. In acne, it acts to reduce to inflammatory lesion and controls the sebum production by stabilizing the hormonal fluctuations. These actions are due to the triterpene glycosides and glycyrrhizic acid alkaloids present in the licorice.
Neem (Azadirachta indica)
Neem has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, so it helps in treating acne. It also purifies the blood and removes the toxins from it, which helps to better the skin health as well. Neem is a powerful anti-toxic herb that also enhances immunity against bacterial growth and prevents secondary infections of hair follicles. It reduces redness and tenderness of the pimples.
In a research by Bezalwar Pratik M et al, it was found that neem (Azadirachta Indica) was very effective in killing the bacteria that cause Acne and reduce inflammation. It cleanses the skin and also helps in clearing acne scars. Neem is implicated in effectively killing the bacteria that cause Acne and studies prove that Neem will reduce inflammation. It cleanses the skin and also helps in clearing acne scars. Experiments show that 87.5% of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) were sensitive to neem extract.
Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia)
Giloy is known for its immunomodulator action and anti-inflammatory properties. It lets the body fights against the infections, so it is beneficial for acne. Due to its natural properties to reduce inflammation, it is very helpful in inflammatory lesions of acne.
Triphala (Three Myrobalan)
Triphala is a combination of fruits from Terminalia chebula, Emblica officinalis and Terminalia bellerica. Triphala has properties of healing and expelling the body toxins out. Ayurveda believes that the root cause of acne is the accumulation of toxins and constipation. So, triphala helps to manage constipation, cleanses the digestive system, and removes toxins from the body.
As per research by Pradip et al, a dose of 3gm of Triphala churna administered orally at night time with luke warm water also helps in treatment of acne.
Ayurvedic face pack
The Ayurvedic face pack helps locally to reduce redness, tenderness and pain due to acne. It also speeds up the healing process and helps to prevent bacterial growth due to its anti-microbial properties. Ayurvedic face packs generally contain chandan, sarvia, vacha, manjistha, masoor, lodhra, jatiphala and dhanya.
The herbal combination for the face pack can be very specific for a sufferer because each person may have different body humor dominance, so it will be good for the patient that he should take advice from a qualified ayurvedic doctor before applying any type of face pack on his face.
Accumulated 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 before starting treatment of the disease. Virechana is the best ayurvedic detoxification therapy for acne. It helps to manage and prevent the acne formation.
The following ayurvedic medicines are best to treat all kind of acne:
Gulguluthikthakam Kashayam tablets
Mahathikthakam kashyam tablets
Gulgulu thikthaka gritham
Yoga to Reduce Acne
All types of breathing exercises (pranayama) are helpful in 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) sawasana (Corpse Pose) and Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend).
Lifestyle to Prevent Acne
Avoid excessive consumption of sugars and direct 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 amount.
Avoid smoking and alcohol
Wash the face thrice a day.
Keep the face free from the excess oil.
Do not talk more sour and salty foods.
Do not scratch acne; it can lead to scar formation.
Do not rub the face, just gentle clean face using an herbal face wash.
Take plenty of fiber rich foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Proper hygiene and a balanced diet are an essential part of acne treatment along with ayurvedic management. Proper care should be taken for correcting diet and lifestyle. One should also avoid irregular dietary habits and taking harmful foods such as junk foods.
Ayurvedic detoxification and ayurvedic herbs are very helpful for eliminating acne from the face and other parts of the body. It further prevents recurrence of the acne formation by treating the root cause of the disease.
To know the best natural remedies for your acne scars treatments contact Dr. Gurnam Saini of Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic in Melbourne, Australia. One can have on-line appointment as well.
Dr. Gurnam Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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