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Ayurveda for Acne

by in Ayurvedic Medicine, Healthy Therapies July 9, 2022

According to Ayurveda, Acne is a condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It is a skin disease in which the oil glands become more active and secrete excessive oil. The oil glands produce sebum which removes the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. A small hair follicle may grow out from the skin and when this hair follicle gets blocked, it may cause accumulation of sebum under the skin thus producing pimples or acne. Acne may appear on other parts of the body as well such as head, chest, back and shoulders. The causes of acne are: common in teenagers (due to hormones), excess oil production, bacteria, stress, hereditary, touching the face frequently, deep fried or starchy foods, yeast products, sweets, alcohol and caffeine. Ayurveda recommends trying the following face masks to help to clear acne: Aloe Vera and turmeric mask, Fullers earth mask with rose water and lemon juice or Cinnamon and honey mask.

Ayurveda suggests the following internal routine for glowing skin and a sense of inner balance:

Diet-Foods high in skin-strengthening Omega-3 fatty acids (sardines, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts), collagen boosting vitamin C (bell peppers, strawberries, citrus fruits and broccoli), antioxidant- rich vitamins A and E (almond butter, wheat germ, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots. Other food items include apricots, orange and yellow coloured fruits, berries especially blueberries, salmon and other fatty fish, nuts, low fat yoghurt, whole grains, green tea.

Exercise and Sleep – Ayurvedic experts suggest exercising at least five times a week until sweat forms along the spine and under the arms. Exercise promotes sweating (which helps the body to eliminate toxins), increases circulation and calms the mind. Stick to a restful regular sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Sleep and exercise stimulate growth hormone, which promotes fibroblast health and allows more production of collagen and elastin to keep your skin taut. They also accelerate the production of epidermis.

Yoga for Glowing Skin – Make time for pranayama (yogic breathing exercises). Respiratory changes affect the skin and body as well as our moods. Shallow breathing pales the complexion. Practice meditation. Over time, it will give you a glimpse of pure consciousness, and you will have moments where you experience yourself and ageless and eternally vibrant. Small, gradual adjustments in your daily life can make you happier, healthier, and hence, more glowing in your complexion.

About Ciara Ryan
I am a certified Hatha/Vinyasa and Yin Yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant based in the South East of Ireland. I teach weekly yoga classes and I offer Lifestyle Consultations and a range of authentic Ayurvedic therapies to my clients.