Acne – the Pitta Imbalance
Acne vulgaris or cystic acne is large pimples, which show a Pitta or Kapha imbalance. It is aggravated by overconsumption of sweets, fats, oils, red meat, seafood, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as emotional stress and attachment (inability to “let go”), inactivity, and feelings of possessiveness, depression, and purposelessness.
Acne rosacea is red rash on the nose and cheeks that may be very sensitive or burning. It shows a Pitta imbalance and is aggravated by anger, frustration, disappointment, over – ambition, stress and pressure, hot weather, sun, hot spices, sour fruits, fermented foods, soda, sweets, deep fried foods, antibiotics, and harsh chemical peels.
Acne is the result of high Pitta moving under the skin and breaking out in pimples.
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[sociallocker]Treatment of acne:
1. Eat Pitta pacifying food (see Food list for Pitta).
2. Use Ayurvedic herbs.
Mix together an equal amount of Kutki, Guguchi, and Shatavari. After meals place ¼ teaspoon of the powder on your tongue and wash it down with warm water.
3. Drink the cleansing tea.
This herbal tea is made from common household herbs. Steep 1/3 teaspoon of each fennel, cumin, and coriander seeds in hot water for 10 minutes, strain, and drink after meal.
4. Keep your colon clean. Take 1 teaspoon of Triphala powder before bedtime (see Triphala – an A-dic panacea).
5. Drink aloe vera juice. Half a cup of pure aloe vera juice twice a day will cool down the aggravated dosha.
6. Do yoga. The sun salutation and the Lion posture (see the picture above) are particularly helpful (see Sun salutation).
7. Practice pranayama. Abdominal breathing is recommended. Breathing through the left nostril only, for 5 to 10 minutes, will reduce Pitta as well.
8. Meditation is a powerful method to keep Pitta in balance (see How to meditate; and Meditation for Pitta).
Changing your diet and reducing the level of stress is often enough to manage the acne issue. There are also plenty of herbal remedies you can use topically in addition to internal cleansing.
- Instead of soap, wash your face with a paste made of chickpea flour or garbanzo beans flour and water (see Basic skin care routine).
- Turmeric is antibiotic and antibacterial. Form a paste of turmeric and water and carefully apply to blemishes with a cotton swab – turmeric will stain clothes.
- Once or twice per week, use a face mask, mixing cumin and coriander powder with water and applying the paste over the pimples for 20 – 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
- For stubborn, large cysts, apply piece of warm onion 2 – 3 times a day to break it, but don’t squeeze.
TODAY’S TIP: Close your eyes and visualize the acne clearing up and going away. Communicate with your skin. This works.[/sociallocker]
See also Acne Part Two