We all wish for a beautiful, glowing and healthy skin. It not only serves a cosmetic purpose, but boosts our emotional health and self confidence.
Sometimes acne, blemishes and scars can make us feel disappointed and unhappy. Acne are stubborn health condition, which may be hard to treat at times. They usually appears on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back.
Herbs that prevent bacterial growth, reduces inflammation, removes blockage of hair follicles may be beneficial in the treatment of 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 wasteproduct from the body. Accumulation of various wasteproducts 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 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 can be beneficial 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 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 responsible for all its beneficial properties. Moreover, turmeric also helps to get rid of blockages of hair follicles, so it may also prevent 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 may act to reduce to inflammatory lesion and controls the sebum production by stabilizing the hormonal fluctuations. These actions may be 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 may help in treating acne. It may also help to purify the blood and removes the ama i.e. unwanted waster products from it, which helps to better the skin health as well. Neem is an anti-toxic herb that also enhances immunity against bacterial growth and prevents secondary infections of hair follicles. It may help to reduce 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 the infections, so it may be beneficial for acne. Due to its natural properties to reduce inflammation, it may be 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 most of the acne is the accumulation of ama toxins and constipation. So, triphala helps to manage constipation, cleanses the digestive system, and removes toxins from the body.
The following Ayurveda medicines have been used traditionally to treat skin conditions like acne:
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, sarvia, vacha, manjistha, masoor and dhanya.
The herbal combination for the face pack can be very specific for a sufferer because each person may have different ayurvedic 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 ama/oxins 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.
Most of the breathing exercises (pranayama) are helpful in improving health and fight with infections and 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) 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 Ayurveda 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.
Ayurveda detoxification and Ayurveda herbs can be very helpful for eliminating acne from the face and other parts of the body.
If you wish to consult Ayurveda, you may choose to 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 for online Ayurveda consultation.
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