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Acne and Ayurvedic Treatment

Acne is not a physically painful or discomforting condition. Though the problem is common among teenagers, adults experience it too. For those adults who have acne, it can be even more embarrassing than for adolescents.

Acne is aggravated due to the food that you eat. Some people, who have kapha constitution, react to milk products, nuts, fats, fried and oily foods, chocolate, hydrogenated oils and sugar. Iodine rich foods, such as liver, cheese, iodised salt, and crabs have been associated with acne, and should be avoided.


  1. Apply an ice cube (wrapped in a soft piece of cloth) where you spot redness. It not only reduces the redness, it lessens the inflammation and helps the skin heal.

  2. Expose your body to sun and air, but do not sunburn. Fresh air and daily exercise are very important. Get sufficient sleep. Keep your bowels regular.

  3. Keep your bed sheets clean, as dead skin, oil, cosmetics, hair and dirt on the sheets will clog your pores further.

  4. Do not pinch the pimple, as it can lead to inflammation. Worse still, squeezing can leave scars on your face. However, if you are desperate, then use a hot, clean cloth or tissue to soften the pimple. This will allow you to break the pimple open with gentle pressure.

  5. Wash your face twice or thrice a day. However, avoid using soaps that dry your skin. Avoid oil-based cosmetics, as they tend to clog the pores on your skin.

  6. Wash your hair every third or fourth day.

  7. Several prescription drugs, including many types of contraceptive pills and corticosteroids, can cause or aggravate acne.

  8. Emotional disorder can disturb digestive and endocrinal functions, leading to inefficient digestion of oils and to a potential increase in skin oil, which will, in turn, cause acne.


Ayurvedic Remedies

  • Clean your skin thoroughly and apply egg white with a cotton swab. Let it sit for several hours or overnight. Egg white acts as an astringent. 

  • Make a poultice of sugar with a small amount of water; wash your face and apply on the affected area. Sugar has an anti-bacterial effect. 

  • To treat affected area, make an infusion of tulasi (basil) leaves. Put two to four tsp of dried basil leaves in a cup of boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, cool, and apply. 

  • Place turmeric powder or tulasi leaves in a bowl of water, which has just been boiled. Cover your hair with a towel. Create a mini-steam bath for your face. Make sure to wash your face immediately afterwards, as dirt and oil can be removed more easily from open pores. 

  • Kumkumaadi lepam applied on the face after washing it, can give good results. 

  • Saaribaadyaasav about 15-30 ml with equal quantity of water taken twice daily acts as a blood purifier and controls acne.


As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.


Dr. Murali Manohar Chirumamilla, M.D. (Ayurveda)
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