Acne is an inflammatory skin condition
characterized by skin eruptions around hair follicles. Localized
skin inflammation as a result of over activity of oil
(sebaceous) glands at the base of hair follicles. Acne happens
when the oil glands are stimulated by hormones that are produced
in the adrenal glands of both males and females. Bacteria, live
in everyone’s skin, but generally mind their own business. In
acne, however, they feast on this oil, multiply, and cause the
surrounding tissues to become inflamed. This inflammation,
depending on its location, can take the form of a superficial
pastule (contains pus), a papule (pimple), or a deeper cyst.
Much can be done, however, to treat acne.
Acne being associated often with adolescence
is termed as 'Yuvanapidika' in Ayurveda. Vitiation of Pitta and
Kapha are generally involved in the outburst of pimples. Acne
due to a Pitta vitiation are generally red, soft, small and tend
to be aggravated in hot weather. On the other hand, in a Kapha
type, the lesions are pale, hard, fairly large, have an oily
secretion and tend to aggravate in cold weather.
Stress, tension, pollution and chemicals are
also among the major causes that aggravates Pitta dosha and
result in acne, boils, pimples and rashes.
- Skin rash or lesion on the face, truck (chest) neck,
back, or other area
- Comedones (whiteheads or blackheads)
- Redness (erythema) of the skin lesions or skin around a
- Inflammation around the skin eruptions
- Crusting of skin eruptions
- Scarring of the skin.
Natural hormones. These are particularly
active in your teens.
Permanent facial scars
Changes in skin color
Psychological damage to self-esteem, confidence,
personality, social life
Side effects of other medications.
Clean the skin gently but thoroughly with soap and water,
removing all dirt or make-up. Wash as often as needed to
control oil, at least daily and after exercising.
Don't squeeze, scratch, pick, or rub lesions. These
activities can increase skin damage. Wash your hands
before and after caring for skin lesions to reduce the
chance of infection.
Don't rest your face on your hands. This irritates the
skin of the face.
Identify and avoid anything that aggravates acne. Though
no substance is proven to cause acne in everyone, your
triggers may include foods, lotions, make-up, and so on.
Avoid greasy cosmetics or creams, which can aggravate
- Wash your face twice a day with a gentle soap like Neem
Guard herbal soap.
- Only wear makeup on special occasions, and then make
sure you remove it completely
Do clothes cause acne? Clothes that are stay
sweaty for period of time can result in acne. Headbands, tight
jeans etc. are examples.
Can my work cause acne? Yes, if you work in
areas where there is heat, such as a kitchen or boiler room.
This is from water swelling the partial hair duct and causing a
blockage, then inflammation, then acne.
Do humid, hot climates cause acne? Yes, it can
due to the hydration and swelling of ductal blockages which
starts the inflammatory phase of acne.
Why do I breakout just before or during my
period? This is due to the imbalance of the hormones estrogen
and progesterone just before your cycle. Some birth control
pills help this.
Does being pregnant improve acne? Often it does
due to the high levels of the progesterone hormone during
pregnancy. Also, women usually take a complete vitamin complex
as well as eat better, stop drinking alcohol , get plenty of
rest and generally treat themselves better.
Herbs which is useful :
Neem (Azadirachta indica):
leaves, applied externally, are very useful in skin diseases.
They can be used either as a poultice, decoction or liniment. It
works as an antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory agent.
It is effective in treating eczema, ringworm, boils, chronic
ulcers, eruptions of smallpox, syphilitic sores and acne.
Traditional methods include crushing the leaves into a paste and
applying directly to wounds, ulcers or skin diseases.
Sandalwood (Santalum album):
emulsion or a paste of the wood is a cooling dressing in
inflammatory and eruptive skin diseases such as erysipelas, an
inflammatory disease of the face and prurigo, an itchy eruption.
The oil is useful for scabies too. This oil mixed with twice its
quantity of mustard oil is used for removing pimples. In summer,
regular application of sandalwood paste on the body, especially
for children has a refreshing effect, which heals any tiny
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum):
paste of cinnamon powder prepared with a few drops of fresh lime
juice can be applied over pimples and blackheads with beneficial
Coriander (Corriandrum sativum):
teaspoon of coriander juice, mixed with a pinch of turmeric
powder, is an effective remedy for pimples, blackheads and dry
skin. The mixture should be applied to the face, after washing
it thoroughly, every night before retiring.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum):
paste of the fresh leaves applied on the face every night before
going to bed and washed with warm water, prevents one from
getting pimples, blackheads, dryness of face and early
appearance of wrinkles. It also improves complexion and makes
one look years younger.
Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia):
is a Tridoshic Herb. The actual indications of Giloy, whose
Sanskrit name ‘Amrit’ means ‘Ambrosia’. Giloy is useful in
treating fever, gout, jaundice, torpidity of the liver, skin
diseases, secondary syphilis, rheumatism, constipation,
tuberculosis, and leprosy. It is a blood purifier.
Manjishtha (Rubia cordofolia):
It is found Effective in scabies, acne,
pimples, boils and eczema. For Acne, Pimples Boils, Eczema:
Apply an amalgamation of Indian madder with red sandalwood
powder, turmeric, kuth and fuller's earth (multani mitti) on the
||Mix the paste of tender neem leaves with turmeric
and apply on the affected area, it helps to soothe the
A paste made from one teaspoon each of sandalwood
powder and turmeric mixed with milk is very good. A
paste of nutmeg and water is also beneficial.
Half a cup of Aloe Vera pulp can be taken internally
(Do not take internally if pregnant) or applied
externally to the skin. Dosage: Twice a day.
Before going to bed, wash the face thoroughly and
then apply a paste of 1-Tsp. coriander juice mixed
with a pinch of turmeric powder.
For pimples, apply a paste made from one teaspoon of
cumin seeds. Remove after one hour.
A paste of fresh fenugreek leaves applied and washed
off with warm water before going to bed prevents
Dermatologists have differing opinions on the
importance of your diet in the management of acne. One thing is
certain; a strict diet by itself will not clear your skin. On
the other hand, if certain foods seem to make your acne worse,
then try to avoid them. It is always important to eat a well
Life Style :
Eat a well balanced diet.
Drink lots of water all day.
Avoid fatty foods
Use less chemical based makeup