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Healing Acne with Ayurveda

Acne is called Yuvan Pidaka in Ayurveda. It is a skin condition suffered by both males and females, primarily during their adolescence. Everyone dreads acne; be it teenagers or older people. The last thing anyone wants to see are the breakouts on the face. As such, a lot of money, time and energy are spent on treating acne. Generally it is aggravated Vata and Kapha dosha and impure blood in the body that are responsible for this problem. As with most bodily problems, acne is caused by unhealthy diet and lifestyle and gets worse due to grease, dirt and harsh chemicals. One very basic and practical way of balancing the aggravated doshas is to modify your way of life and diet. By listening to your body and treating it well, you are already on your way to ridding the dreadful acne spots. Improper diet is the main cause of many conditions. So a proper diet not only reduces the severity of the condition but also prevents diseases.

Ayurveda recommends prevention of acne by abstaining from eating oily or spicy food, avoiding fast food and sodas on daily basis, getting enough sleep and not over taxing the mind.

Diet for prevention of acne
Use of pure turmeric regularly in the diet is very helpful in prevention of acne, because according to Ayurveda, turmeric cleanses and maintains the temperature of the blood. Red daal (masoor/musuro) is good for this condition. Buttermilk in the afternoon. Methi tea see the recipe at the end) is recommended. Warm food is easier to digest than cold food, so eat warm and well cooked fresh food. Eat light dinner: vegetable soup or light chicken soup cooked with digestive spices like cumin, fennel, etc. Start your day with a glass of warm water and lemon to cleanse the system and avoid constipation.

Home recipes for acne prevention
• Paste of Coriander (Dhaniya) and Nutmeg (Jaiphal) for Vata type skin Paste of Turmeric (Besar) and Sandalwood (Chandan) for acne that is inflamed and red / for Pitta type skin
• Paste of Neem and Turmeric for Kapha-Pitta type skin
• Paste of Fenugreek (Methi) seeds, Turmeric and Neem for Kapha type skin
Directions of use: Make paste with water and apply the paste all over face or on affected areas, keep until dry and rinse with warm water.

Lifestyle
• Do not go to bed without removing your makeup and cleaning your face
• Do not stress too much
• Do not eat too late at night
• Do not use harsh soap based cleansers. Instead use soap free natural cleansers or homemade cleanser made with neem, besan and red daal powder.

*Laavanya’s Mukha Kantivardhak Powder has been designed to bring a healthy glow and provide a deep down cleaning.  Combination of Manjistha, Lodhra, Sandalwood and Haldi exfoliates, tones, hydrates, soothes and nourishes the skin. Good for removing acne and blemishes.

Direction:  Use warm, moist towel or steam for five minutes to open pores. Mix the powder with Laavanya Rosewater or water to make paste and layer the mask on. Allow it to dry, and rinse well. Follow up with Laavanya Balancing and Detoxifying Toner and Laavanya Deep Nourishing or Radiance Cream. Apply once a week, or as often as needed.
Good for all skin types.

Avoid:
• Pickles
• Food that is too hot in temperature.
• Fermented food
• Overly sweet, oily or spicy food
• Stale and frozen food
• Refined white sugar, processed food.
• Caffeine 


Shweta Upadhyaya is Founder/Owner of Laavanya Luxury Ayurveda: A luxury skin care line based on Ayurvedic principles. She studied classical Ayurveda at Vedika Global in California, USA. For skin care queries you can reach her at shweta@laavanyaluxury.com