Natural Cure for Acne

Sep

28

 By Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D.

Natural Cure for Acne

Almost everyone has experienced at least the occasional pimple during adolescence and many battled chronic acne during those tender teenage years.  But 20% of Americans continue that battle with acne into adulthood. Because acne can be such a socially embarrassing condition, only a small fraction of adults seek any medical treatment.  Let’s face it, the world judges you on your appearance and walking into a job interview or going out on a date with adult acne is not easy no matter how accomplished you are.

In order to win the fight against acne, you have to understand the underlying causes, which are often multiple.  The current medical approach to the management of acne is very superficial and aimed at preventing the bacterial over-growth in the skin. If you don’t change the chemistry within your body that is causing the problem, acne can become a life long battle that requires chronic use of antibiotics in addition to expensive and harsh products on your skin.  However, if you combine some simple lifestyle changes, you can create a beautiful complexion naturally for the rest of your life without being dependent on products.

According to Ayurveda , there are three doshas, or mind/body types—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  An imbalance in the doshas causes disease.  Reversal of any disease process requires balancing of the doshas.  Acne typically involves an imbalance in all three doshas, which is why you need to approach it through multiple modalities.  An imbalance in Vata results in impaired digestion and accumulation of toxins.  An imbalance of Pitta affects the blood and liver allowing for inflammation.  Excess Kapha, which controls the production of sebum, results in clogging of the pores. 

This combination of impaired digestion, accumulation of toxins, inflammation, and over production of sebum creates the perfect environment for the over growth of bacteria resulting in chronic acne.  The overgrowth of bacteria is only an effect of the underlying imbalances, but not the ultimate cause of acne.  That is why treating acne with antibiotics orally and topically never cures the problem. 

Given the multiple contributing factors to acne, we have to address each one separately to cure the condition.  Since pimples typically come in 2, 3, and 4 week cycles you need to do this program for 3-6 months to get permanent results.  Let’s go through the steps to curing acne from an Ayurvedic perspective.

Step 1: Change your Diet

The health of your skin is directly related to your diet.  In fact, one of the reasons that stress can cause sudden and severe outbreaks is because of the immediate impact that stress has on your digestive system.  To help improve your digestion follow the general dietary guidelines listed below.  Remember, these are long-term recommendations so to stay permanently pimple free, you have to keep these recommendations in mind for the long haul.

  • Eat warm, soft, cooked foods.
  • Avoid raw vegetables and salads.
  • Drink beverages at room temperature or warm.
  • Avoid cold drinks and frozen desserts (such as ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurt, etc.)
  • Reduce light, dry, crunchy food.
  • Reduce spicy, sour, and fried, foods.
  • Reduce dairy, alcohol, coffee, vinegar, tomatoes, onions, and garlic.

Step 2: Strengthen Your Digestion

Many of the steps above will improve your digestion, but The Prime Tea really boosts your digestion and removes toxins.  It is inexpensive and simple to make. If you use this tea regularly for 3-6 months you are going to notice many other health benefits in addition to beautiful skin.

Boil 4-5 cups of water in the morning. 

Add ½ tsp of the following seeds to the water and continue to let steep for at least ten minutes with the lid on.

  • Whole cumin seeds
  • Whole coriander seeds
  • Whole fennel seeds

Strain out the seeds and pour the liquid into a thermos.  Sip the liquid throughout the day.  Start fresh with a new batch of tea each morning. 

If the tea is too strong or if you experience some initial discomfort, reduce the amount of the seeds to ¼ tsp for two weeks and then increase it back to ½ tsp.

Step 3: Keep Your Pores Clean

Keeping your pores clear is important to preventing bacterial overgrowth.  Pores get clogged with dead skin and sebum production.  Sebum is an oily substance that helps to keep skin healthy when made in normal amounts.  Over production of sebum clogs the pores and creates the perfect environment for bacterial overgrowth.  To keep the your pores clean follow these three rules.

  1. Wear oil free make up or don’t wear any make-up at all during this program.
  2. Wash your face twice a day and NEVER sleep with make-up.
  3. Use a clay mask regularly to help keep pores open. In the first month, you may need to use a clay facemask daily.  As maintenance you should use it 1-2 times a week.

Step 4: Detox Your Liver and Blood

Toxins accumulate in the liver and blood to cause chronic acne.  Here are some simple Ayurvedic methods for detoxing the liver and blood.

  1. Drink ¼ cup of organic aloe vera juice in the morning on an empty stomach. Aloe vera juice is a natural way to remove toxins from your body, especially the liver and blood.  If you have cystic acne, drink this twice a day in the morning and bedtime for 3 months.  Remember to drink all liquids no colder than room temperature so add a little bit of warm water to make the refrigerated aloe vera juice the right temperature.  If you can’t tolerate the taste of aloe vera juice, add ¼ cup of pomegranate juice, which is also a great way to detox the liver and blood.
  2. Take the Ayurvedic herb Guggul 500mg a day. Guggul is a widely used Ayurvedic herb that helps to remove toxins from the body and improve digestion.
  3. Use turmeric in your cooking or as a supplement. Turmeric powder is a spice that is commonly used in Indian foods.  It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.  The easiest way to take turmeric is to add a pinch of it your food, but you can also take one tablet with meals.

Step 5: Reduce Your Stress

Let’s face it, when you are under stress all of your good habits go out the window—you eat bad food, you stop exercising, you skip your supplements, and you generally stop taking care of yourself.  So having a stress management program in place before something terrible happens, will help you have the resilience to bounce back quickly—mentally, emotionally, and physically.  There are several tools like meditation, yoga, exercise, and breathing exercises that will help you keep daily stress under control.  Just choose one that

 

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