Pimples or Acne
Pimples, acne

Acne is a skin problem that affects almost all teenagers. The condition results from the action of hormones on the skin's oil glands (sebaceous glands). The sebaceous glands make an oily substance called sebum that empties onto the skin surface through the hair follicle opening (pore). The mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria that normally live on the skin to grow in the follicle openings. When this happens, pores become clogged and pimples develop.

In most cases, pimples occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne does not present a serious health risk, but severe acne can result in permanent scarring. In addition, acne can have significant physical and psychological consequences, such as causing a poor self-image, social inhibition, and anxiety.

According to Ayurveda, acne are the papules resembling the sprout on the bark of 'Shalmali ' tree, appears on the face in adolescents known as yavan pidika.


According to Ayurveda increased 'kapha and vata dosha' and 'rakta and meda dhatu' are involved in causing this disease. Most important contributory factors in this condition is diet. Improper dietary habits may lead to acne or yavanapidika.

  • Adhyashana: Eating food when previous meal is not digested.
  • Virudhashana: Eating incompatible food such as fruit salad, onion with milk etc.
  • Vishamashana: Eating when you are not hungry or fasting when you are hungry. Eating food in larger or lesser quantity, than required, is also termed as vishamashana.
  • Regular consumption of hot (ushna), pungent (katu), penetrating (tikta), salty food such as pickles, papads, spicy food, fried and oily food, junk food, preserved food, etc., weakens the digestive power (jatharagni) and also vitiates dosha, rakta and medadhatu. This also leads to constipation and irregular bowel habits.
  • 'Kama' (excessive thinking about sex) may increase the secretion of hormones from adrenaline, and this increased hormone vitiate and aggravates meda dhatu (increased sebum secretion) and give rise to acne.
  • Other psychological factors such as grief, anger or psychic trauma (especially in girls) may lead to imbalance in dosha and flare up condition of 'mukha dushika'.

The symptoms of acne are:

  • Whiteheads, Which are closed plugged oil glands
  • Blackheads, which are open plugged oil glands (the oil turns black when it's exposed to the air)
  • Pustules, which are red, inflamed, infected plugged oil glands, sometimes filled with pus.
  • Some pimples may be painful. In severe cases, cysts (large fluid-filled bumps) may develop under the skin
  • Correction of diet and regular exercise is necessary to regain regular bowel habits.
  • Mild laxatives can be given to prevent constipation.
  • Make the paste of lodhra, dhanyaka and vacha with water and then apply it on your face. Or,
  • Apply the paste of maricha and gorochana on your face. Or,
  • Make the paste of ashwagandha, chandana, manjishta and yashtimadhu with water and then apply it on your face. Or,
  • The paste of masurdal (lentil) with curd and a few drops of neem oil, if applied on the face will bestow you a good complexion and will cure acne. Or,
  • Make the paste of haridra and chandana and apply it on your face. Leave all the above-mentioned local applications on the face for about twenty minutes (till it dries) and then wash your face with luke-warm water.
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