Acne Vulgaris or Pimples is a skin disease which is caused by overactivity of sebaceous glands or oil glands in the skin.
Due to which hair follicles present on the skin get clogged with dead skin cells and that excess oil resulting in small red spots to blackheads, whiteheads or even scarring.
Acne vulgaris may occur in areas having more sebaceous glands like face, forehead, chest, shoulders and upper back.
Dear friends, everyone wants to look beautiful, having a flawless face, but sometimes we get indulged in this type of problem.
So lets us a review, the types, causes and treatment of this disease, mainly by Ayurveda view.
Acne Vulgaris Or Pimples
It’s the main problem of the age of puberty or adolescence, say from 12 years to 18 years.
It is basically a hormonal imbalance occurring during this age of puberty where sometimes the secondary bacterial infection can also worsen the condition.
Types of Acne Vulgaris,
It can appear on the face as,
●Clogged pores, where
◆whiteheads are closed plugged pores
◆And blackheads are open plugged pores.
●Papules that are tender red elevations
●Pimples that are pus containing papules, pus at their tips.
●Deep pimples or boils in the form of cysts.
Causes Of Acne Vulgaris
◆Excess production of oil by sebaceous glands.
◆Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells.
◆Excess activity of a hormone called androgen.
◆Heredity may be one of the factors, if one of the parents had suffered from it, it’s a chance to be inherited by the child.
Following factors can aggravate acne:
●Mechanical pressure, in some patients, constant pressure from helmets, collars or chin straps can aggravate it.
●Some medicines like steroids ie Prednisone and those containing bromides and iodides may worsen the condition.
●Occupation plays an important role, outdoor jobs where chances of exposure to dirt are more or having fumes or chemical powers, at the job, can aggravate the problem.
●Some skin care products or daily using cosmetic can also be problematic if they are not water based.
●Stress may also be one factor indirectly that can cause it.
●hormonal imbalance, thereby more oil secretion by sebaceous glands and thus more clogging due to other factors like diet etc.
●Poor skin care can also enhance clogging.
●Above all one main cause can be excess consumption of high carbohydrate diet, like excess chocolates, oily and junk food like chips that are rich in carbohydrates.
Junk food is not good for acne
It should not be taken frequently
Ayurveda point of view for Pimples
According to Ayurveda, acne is called
meaning here by,
Yauvan means young time meaning adolescent age and
Pidika means papules or pustules.
The cause of acne, as described in Ayurveda is, due to eating disorders.
Impairment of all three doshas, mainly the pitta dosh occurs, due to excessive intake of oily, spicy, salty and sour foods, which further vitiates the rakta and medo dhatu i.e blood and fat tissue.
These vitiated doshas form toxins that block the microchannels of the face and cause pimple formation.
One more reason for pimples, according to Ayurveda is due to hyperacidity and constipation, attributing pitta and vata dosh vitiation.
In Ayurved, the treatment of pimples strictly focuses upon balancing vitiated tridoshas, mainly pitta dosh.
As a pimple is deep routed, the use of only local creams, lotions, and antibiotics only mask the symptoms.
So pimples should be treated with specific Ayurveda therapy that includes the right diet, healthy lifestyle and some specific herbs that cure the disease of the root cause.
As Ayurveda stresses upon
स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थय रक्षणम
Means to keep ourselves healthy, so one should follow the following direction to keep away from acne.
Diet and lifestyle advice
1. Excess spicy, deep-fried, oily or sour and junk food should be avoided.
2. Fresh fruits should be consumed.
3. Water intake should be sufficient as 8-10 glasses daily.
4. Cooling herbs like fennel, coriander seeds, amla, aloe vera should be taken
5. Face wash should be frequent, at least twice daily, by mild herbal soaps.
6. Replace tea or coffee with green tea.
7. Irritant or low quality or oil-based cosmetics should be avoided.
8. Don’t touch or squeeze the pimple lesions.
9. Manage stress through timely, good sleep, Yoga and Meditation.
Ayurvedic treatment for acne vulgaris or Pimples :
1. In Ayurved Neem, Azadirachta indica is considered as the drug of choice in the treatment of skin diseases, or pimples being one of them.
Various formulas in the form of powders or topical uses are available nowadays, which can be taken by the advice of a doctor.
Neem decoctions are known to be effective in removing excess oil from the skin.
Also, the antiseptic properties of Neem help to prevent secondary infections.
2.Basil or Tulsi or Ocimum tenuiflorum,
taken as leaves or basil tea once a day is an ideal option for an acne cure, being its antiseptic properties.
Basil, Tulsi, good for pimples treatment
3. Burdock root, Arctium lappa, a blood purifier is also an effective herb in pimples treatment.
4. Strawberries and strawberries leaves are considered ideal for their treatment.
Strawberries, good for its treatment
5. Manjishtha, turmeric, Vacha, Guduchi are also beneficial herbs.
Dear friends, in a nutshell, I want to summarize that acne is mainly the problem of youngsters and it’s obvious that this age group is higher in the grip of,
◆junk food, due to easy availability, and being tempting
◆highly in stress, due to challenging study, and different types of competitions to secure a good career,
◆in lack of sleep due to studies as well as alluring electronic gadgets as well as excessive use of the internet.
This all implies an unhealthy lifestyle, thereby more chances to develop it.
So it’s our duty, being the parents, being the elders to incorporate a healthy lifestyle in children because this is not a one night disease.
It’s long-term exposure to faulty diet and living disorders which then abrupt as pimples, thereby causing panic and depression in youngsters.
Advice your children to enjoy each and every amenities of life in moderation and take care of their routine in a balanced manner.
Even if they get gripped in these diseases of acne vulgaris or pimples, visit a doctor to rectify the problem.
Eat healthily, stay healthy.
Stay tuned friends.
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Dr. Seema Gupta
Ayurvedic Medical Practioner.