Acne is a very common problem which affects young people at their puberty and few adults till they reach 45. Pimples are referred as Youvana pitikas (this means the eruptions of youth) in ayurveda. This displays the prevalence of pimples from age range. Ayurveda has described the sources of acne and recommends the best natural herbal acne remedies as well.
What causes acne?
A large number of oil producing glands called sebaceous glands are present under the skin ( see figure (http://www.ayurhelp.com/Normal_skin.htm) - skin cross section) on face, back, upper body and shoulders. During puberty or menopause because of the influence of the sex hormones, which are produced in male and female, these glands become more energetic and create an oily secretion called sebum. The sebum makes the skin more oily .The extreme sebum clogs the skin pore or the pit of the hair follicle forming acne.
The blocked pore or acne functions as an excellent habitat for bacteria. The infection causes inflammation (red, painful swelling of the infected area) of the clogged pore or hair follicle leading to eruption of acne. Vata and Kapha are two primary doshas, which get excited about eruption of acne and pimples. Rakta dhatu or bloodstream also plays a significant role in formation of pimples.
Vata when gets vitiated due to unhealthy diet and lifestyles affects various other two doshas (kapha and pitta) to aggravate them. Aggravated pitta affects rakta dhatu or bloodstream. The vitiated blood affects your skin and causes extra secretion of essential oil from sebaceous glands. Kapha provides sticky house. The aggravated kapha imparts the stickiness to the essential oil made by sebaceous glands of skin. Thus the thick sebaceous plugs are produced in skin pores and hair follicles resulting in eruption of acne.
Acne worsens when
1.grease, dirt or additional harsh chemicals accumulate on skin.
2.you have Increased stress levels.
3.you enjoy Squeezing or pinching of acne.
4.when there are hormonal imbalances during menstrual cycle, menopause and puberty.
5.you are under medications like steroids or hormonal therapy.
Precautions to be taken in order to avoid exaggeration of acne eruptions:
Avoid foods which are spicy, dry and oily. These may cause indigestion and result in vitiation of vata.
Keep a habit of emptying bowels frequently this cara untuk menghilangkan komedo di hidung normalizes vata.
Avoid fast foods and soft drinks.
Wash that person twice daily with moderate cleanser.
Put a hair band to avoid falling of hair on face. The and dirt accumulated on hair may fall on facial pores and skin through hair strands
Avoid application of scrubs.
Wash your hair frequently with mild hair shampoo to it clean and avoid dandruff.
Squeezing and pricking of pimples cause scaring. Hence avoid this
Avoid exposure of pores and skin to severe climatic conditions.
Avoid oil based moisturizers. Drinking water based moisturizers are always helpful.