In Ayurveda, skin issues are seen as an imbalance of the doshas, the three constitutions around which Ayurveda is based. Surface treatments alone won’t eradicate what causes acne, which is why Ayurvedic approaches include diet and lifestyle changes.
In Ayurveda, it all starts with the digestive system. It’s important to make sure that your digestion is functioning properly so that toxins don’t build up and to eat foods that won’t increase inflammation. When we don’t eat proper nutrients, that’s when disease and illness begins.
How Your Dosha Affects Your Skin
- A vata imbalance can produce blackheads. Dryness in the body can cause an overproduction of oil, clogging the skin.
- A pitta imbalance may cause inflammation and toxins to accumulate, resulting in red, painful pimples.
- A kapha imbalance can create cystic acne due to excess dampness in the body.
Four Tips for Healthier Skin
- Eat more green veggies. If you’re having trouble with your skin, we suggest reducing sugary, spicy, and sour foods, as they can increase heat and inflammation in the body, aggravating pitta. Instead, consume more bitter, astringent vegetables, like asparagus, collard greens, dandelion greens, and kale.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is the general minimum rule for good health and is great for the skin.
- Make sure your skin cleanser is pure. Some makeup cleansers can cause or aggravate acne by stripping the skin and throwing off the oil balance in the body. Then the skin overproduces oil to maintain the balance. We recommend trying Ayurbeauty\’s cleansers. Not only are they pure and natural they are available for each of the dosha types.
- Oil up. After cleansing the face, we suggest applying coconut oil. While it might seem counterintuitive to treat skin issues with oil, when we put healthy oils on the skin, the body understands that overproducing oil is no longer necessary. Plus, coconut oil contains vitamin E which helps with proper functioning of the sebum glands, and is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. While coconut oil is beneficial for most skin types, super-dry skin might require a thicker oil. Neem oil also balances the skin’s oil production, and reduces redness, swelling, and the tendency to break out. It also helps prevent scarring.
See what works for you! It’s important to understand that these are general guidelines and suggestions. Your skin is as individual as your blend of doshas. They may not work for everyone because the reason one person has acne could be different from the reason someone else has it. Ultimately, we need to look at overall digestive health, what people eat, how they eat, when they eat, hydration, stress, sleep—they all have an impact.
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