Ayurveda and acne: a deep relationship

Imbalances, lack of sleeping and stress can lead to acne. Use the knowledge of Ayurveda to heal and soothe your skin


Being healthy is being in harmony with life, according to Ayurveda. A healthy interior is necessary for a outside healthy. Pimples are related to both hormones and facial skin health. In Ayurveda, it is called Youvana Pidaka. Youvana means youth and Pidaka means a skin eruption.

Other names are Tarunya pidaka (with the same meaning), Mukha dooshika (something which causes harm to the beauty of face), Padmini kantaka (because of thorn like nature of acne) etc.

Some of the causes of the acne are:


  • Intake of fried and junk food that makes Kapha and Pitta addicted leading to toxins in the blood;

  • Poor sleeping leads to normal body rhythm imbalance, stress metabolism imbalance, leading to toxins and acne;

  • Over usage of cosmetics which direct impact your facial skin;

  • Stress and anxiety that leads to metabolism imbalance and toxins;

  • Physiological changes during teenage attributed to hormonal imbalance.

  • Excessive intake of non-vegetarian food.

Anti-acne diet

Ayurveda recommends consuming nearly a teaspoon of turmeric every day and you can also use it topically. You can cook with it, drink it in your favorite green juice or pop an organic turmeric capsule. You can also drink a small cup of aloe vera juice daily to soothe your skin.

For your skin

Thoroughly wash by lukewarm water three or four times a day.

Rub melon on the skin at bedtime to cool and heal blemish-prone skin.

For a healing mask, mix about 1 teaspoon of chickpea flour (option to add a pinch of turmeric) with water until a paste forms, then spread over the skin for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Give this relaxing facial exercise a try: rub your (clean) hands together until warm and place them on your face for about 15 to 30 seconds. This will boost circulation and help your facial skin naturally detox.


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