Acne can affect more than your skin.
Depression and anxiety are just a few of the many mental and emotional consequences of having to deal with a health condition that can radically transform the way we feel about ourselves and how we relate to others.
This blog will discuss one of the most effective Ayurvedic remedies for acne. One that can help sooth an inflamed and oily skin.
I can say that acne is incredibly devastating.
When I stopped taking the pill, my hormones went crazy and my skin broke out badly. I suffered from severe acne many years due to living the wrong lifestyle and eating aggravating foods.
Nothing I did helped alleviate the intensity of the symptoms.
Acne is one of the most common skin problems.
When you have it, the pores of your skin become blocked by hair, oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. Those blockages result in unpleasant pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and nodules.
One misconception is that acne affects only teenagers, as they go through puberty. However, men and women in their 40s or 50s can suffer from it too.
These are some factors that can cause acne:
- Fluctuating hormone levels
- Premenstrual syndrome
- A Pitta provoking diet and lifestyle
- Stress, which can increase the hormone cortisol
- Greasy make-up and skin care products
- Too much sunlight
In addition, the severity of acne can vary:
- Mild →mostly whiteheads and blackheads, with a few papules and pustules.
- Moderate → multiple papules and pustules, mostly on your face.
- Moderately severe → numerous papules and pustules, along with occasionally inflamed nodules. Your back and chest may also be impacted.
- Severe → numerous large, painful and inflamed pustules and nodules.
Ayurvedic approach to acne
According to Ayurveda, acne is mostly a Pitta condition, as this dosha tends to overheat the blood and irritate the skin.
Nevertheless, Vata and Kapha humors can play a significant role as well.
Some factors that can aggravate acne are eating sour and spicy foods, sugar, chocolate, and drinking alcohol, as well as working out excessively.
Therefore, it is essential to adhere to Pitta-pacifying principles that consider dietary and lifestyle changes.
These are some important Ayurvedic protocols you can follow to start mitigating the fire under your skin.
Moreover, understanding the real cause of break-outs is critical.
In this respect, acne mapping can help us pinpoint the actions that are leading us to have bad skin, take the right steps, and know more about ourselves.
A Pitta dosha diet is also essential to improve our skin complexion.
Home remedy for acne
This remedy is ideal to treat acne as it is cool, astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic.
The above are precisely the opposite qualities of acne, which is hot, oily, and inflamed. Therefore, by applying the principle of Opposites Create Balance, we can use this Ayurvedic remedy to help calm the skin and lessen the inflammation and redness.
In addition, this effective remedy for acne supports the purification of toxic blood.
By drinking this and then applying the mask on your skin, the inflammation, infection, soreness, and open pores can start disappearing.
We only need two ingredients to prepare the remedy:
- Fresh aloe vera
- Turmeric powder
To get the gel:
- Slice an aloe vera leaf right in the middle to open it in two halves to get all the gel.
- Then, place the gel in a blender with no water. Blend and store it in a glass container in the fridge. It will last about 7 days.
How to do it?
This Ayurvedic Remedy for Acne can be used both internally and/or externally.
- In a small bowl (mine is yellow intentionally because — let me tell you — turmeric stains everything!), add 2 tbsp of homemade aloe gel.
- Stir in 1/2 tsp of organic turmeric powder and mix well.
- Drink it.
- Whatever is left, apply it on your face / problematic areas. Make sure your skin is completely clean.
- Leave the mask on from 20 minutes to 1 hour, and then rinse it with cool water and an aloe vera soap.
- Pat your skin dry with a soft, clean towel —again, be mindful that turmeric can stain your towel too.
Support this strategy with 3 delicious Pitta-soothing breakfast recipes!
Has acne affected more than your skin?