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Skin Care Tips for Acne

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Visible acne is troubling… Especially breakouts on your face! Depending on your body type it could look swollen, raw, and angry. For others, it's pussy pimples, nodules, and cysts. Fortunately, you can heal with these skin care tips for acne using the wisdom of Ayurveda.

Here you'll discover:

What Exactly is Acne?

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition. It's not dangerous, but it can leave scars. It happens when hair follicles get blocked with Sebum and build-up under the skin. In other words, acne is the inflammation of the oil glands under the skin. It occurs when the pores of your skin clog up with too much oil and dead skin cells and become infected.
Generally speaking, acne affects the face, back, and shoulders because of a high concentration of sebaceous glands. As a result, acne presents either as pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, or nodules.

Causes of Acne According to Ayurveda 

1. Fried and junk food – leads to overheated blood

2. Insufficient sleep – upsets normal body rhythm leading to toxins and acne

3. Over usage of cosmetics – direct impact on skin

4. Stress and anxiety – leading to metabolism imbalance and toxins

5. Physiological changes taking place during adolescence – attributed to hormonal imbalance

6. Excess intake of red meat

7. Liver Toxicity – We live in a world that is chock-full of toxins. Be it in the air we breathe, our food, our water… So much so that their entrance into our bodies has become unavoidable.

Ayurvedic View of Acne

According to Ayurveda, your skin reflects what's happening on the inside. For example, acne is just a reflection of a heated imbalance in Pitta dosha. (Humor that symbolizes heat or fire.)
Ayurveda makes the connection between acne, poor digestion and a build-up of toxicity. In other words, due to poor digestion, improper food or lifestyle, toxic heat manifests in the skin tissue and causes acne.
Which is why Ayurveda stresses the importance of detoxification if you want clear, blemish-free skin
Unfortunately, acne is deep-rooted, so the use of creams, antibiotics, and lotions only mask the symptoms.
You must get to the root of the imbalance if you want to heal for all-time. This is why topical remedies can only take you so far. So, I want to show you how you can get to the root of your imbalance through diet, lifestyle, and herbs to bring Pitta dosha back into balance.

Pitta Dosha

Summer is the season of heat and when Pitta dosha accumulates in your body. Especially if you already have a lot of Pitta (fire) in your constitution. 
If you don't know your body type or understand which dosha is the driving force behind your acne… Find out here:


  • Vata is the dosha of Air and Space. Its qualities are dry and cold
  • Pitta is Fire and Water. Its qualities are heat and intensity
  • Kapha is the pairing of Earth and Water. Its qualities are heavy and slow.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, it is predominantly Pitta dosha that causes acne. As you will see, acne is an over-heated imbalance in the body.
But the good news is, Ayurveda recognizes you can heal with simple diet and lifestyle changes. So let's look at Ayurveda's skin care tips for acne now. 

Skin Care Tips For Acne

 Detox Your Liver

A simple place to start is to detox your liver using superfoods.  One thing's for sure, you need to stay away from junk foods, alcohol, and other foods that stress the liver.
That is to say, you want to consume more natural foods than processed foods. Most importantly include lots of green vegetables and fruits in your diet. Additionally, it's important to drink plenty of water instead of soft drinks. 

Dietary Tips to Heal Acne

Did you know your diet is always working for you or against you.? If you want lasting improvement in your skin you must eat a cooling diet.

For example, a diet of hot, spicy, salty and sour foods will only aggravate your acne. But a diet of cooling, bitter, astringent foods will bring your Pitta back into balance to heal your acne.

So then, here you can find a complete diet and lifestyle guide for reducing Pitta or heat. Pitta reducing program.

Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations 

  • Cool your body heat with high-quality, low-fat dairy
  • Skip anything that fermented.
  • Avoid sugar and opt for honey instead.
  • Pacify pitta with olive or coconut oil.
  • Let grains guide you. Wheat, rice, barley, and oats are the best grains to reduce pitta.
  • Eat sweeter fruits such as grapes, melons, and cherries.
  • Eat cooling vegetables like asparagus, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green leafy vegetables.
  • Reduce tomatoes, hot peppers, carrots, beets, eggplant, onions, garlic, radishes, and spinach
  • Go easy on spicy seasoning. Instead chose spices that will cool and soothe. Coriander, cilantro, cardamom, saffron, and fennel are good choices.
  • If you eat meat, chicken, pheasant, and turkey are best
  • Avoid anything fried or heavy
  • Drink water at room temperature (iced water compromises digestion
  • Eat lighter foods that are easy to digest
  • Take lots of raw vegetables like carrot, cucumber, etc
  • Include fruits like guava, apple, pear etc
  • Sleep for at least 6-7 hours at night
  • Practice stress techniques like Yoga Nidra and Pranayama
  • Avoid spicy, oily and sour foods
  • Eat fresh, unprocessed food
  • Increase the use of herbs that have cooling effects on the body
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day
  • Wash your face frequently with mild herbal soaps
  • Do not squeeze the acne lesions
  • Avoid cosmetics with synthetic ingredients

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Herbal Ayurvedic Remedies for Acne

Here are some of the most recommended herbs for acne. As a side note, you can find more natural remedies for acne here.


Is one of the most well-known and powerful blood purifiers. It cools and clears the toxins involved in most inflammatory skin diseases. In a medicated oil, it's one of the best healing and disinfectant herbs for skin diseases.



Turmeric works on many levels. First off, it helps to strengthen digestion (good digestion is the key to health)… But at the same time, it's a good antibacterial and purifies the blood. Turmeric is a tonic to the skin and helps to bring luster to the face by reducing the oily nature of the skin. I suggest you take turmeric internally and also use it topically.


Shatavari is a form of asparagus and is the main Ayurvedic rejuvenating tonic for women because it balances the hormones. The main reason for acne is a hormonal imbalance. Hormones make your oil glands produce too much oil. This hormonal imbalance is why so many teenagers develop acne. Not only does Shatavari help to balance your hormones, it also cleanses the blood and is an effective herb for inflamed membranes of the skin.


Manjistha is probably the best blood purifier in Ayurvedic medicine. It cools and detoxifies the blood and helps remove stagnant blood by improving circulation.

Herbs to Detoxify the Liver

Your acne will improve greatly by taking herbs to detoxify the liver. Yellow dock, Milk Thistle, Red Beet Root, Dandelion Root, Gentian and Angelica Root are all good choices. I've had great success with this formula because herbs often work best in synergy.

Yoga Asana for Acne


Yoga helps to flush out the toxins from the system. It increases the blood flow thereby getting rid of pimples. Hormonal changes and stress are major factors for pimples. Yoga helps to balance hormones. It relaxes your body and relieves stress. 

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1. Sarvangasana

It is also known as the shoulder stand and is considered the most effective yoga asana for glowing skin. It helps in improving skin texture and quality by promoting blood circulation towards your face. Practicing this asana 3 to 5 times a day will reduce acne, wrinkles and dull skin. 

2. Halasana

It is also known as the Plough pose, and is one of the best asanas for achieving healthy and glowing skin naturally. This asana helps to improve your digestive process that is essential for glowing and healthy skin.

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3. Utthanasana

This forward-bending pose promotes blood flow to the face and makes it one of the most functional poses for glowing skin. This yoga pose not only increases oxygen supply to the skin cells but also supplies helpful nutrients that fight the damage caused by free radicals to encourage skin rejuvenation.

4. Twists

Digestive health is a must for achieving healthy and nourished skin. The seated twist helps in removing toxins from the organs. Clearing the body of waste is always good for the skin.

5. Matsyasana

It is also called the fish pose. It promotes healthy skin by improving the function of the thyroid, pineal, and pituitary glands to normalize hormones.
This asana gives a good stretch to the muscles of the face and throat which make it one of the beneficial exercises to get rid of double chin.

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You deserve to have the radiant, blemish free skin. The root cause of acne comes from within your body. The best way to heal inflammatory skin conditions or acne is through diet and lifestyle.

If you put these suggestions in place, not only will not only cure your acne forever – you will earn vibrant health.

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Written by Jackie Parker


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  1. Great post! Very interesting. I never knew Neem oil helped acne. I totally agree with you on what is happening on the outside is an imbalance on the inside. Chinese medcine has similar ideologies. Liver is really important to detox for all kinds of reasons. I will have to check out that detox kit!

    • Thanks for connecting Dawna. Neem is a powerful antibacterial herb. You can use neem oil, but you can also use neem leaf extracts, neem soap and neem powder. 

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