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What is Acne?

Acne is a common skin condition characterised by the formation of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads due to the clogging of hair follicles with oil (sebum) and dead skin cells. It predominantly affects areas of the skin that have a higher concentration of oil glands, such as the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. While acne is most prevalent during adolescence, it can affect people of all ages.

Ayurveda prospective

Acne vulgaris is called Yauvan Pidika in Ayurveda. ‘Yauvan’ meaning youth and ‘Pidika’ means an eruption of the skin. This is only logical as the condition is usually faced by adolescent teenagers as mentioned before. Other Ayurvedic names for acne are Tarunya pidika, Mukha dooshika (that which harms facial beauty), Padmini kantaka (owing to the thorn-like nature of pimples) etc.

Causes of Acne according to Ayurveda

In Ayurveda acne as a disorder that is due to an internal constitutional imbalance. The Ayurvedic cause of acne or yauvan pidika is aggravated doshas. The Pitta dosha might also cause acne when it starts to circulate and accumulates there. This causes the capillaries to become inflamed. Therefore people who have acidic sweat or too much Pitta under the skin have a higher tendency for acne.

As Ayurveda believes that acne is caused by internal factors, let’s look at the factors.

1. Internal Factors

  • Agni (Digestive Fire): Weak or imbalanced Agni can lead to improper digestion and toxin buildup, contributing to acne.
  • An improper diet is the primary cause of acne. It is common in those who suffer from constipation (anah) and indigestion (ajirna). Similarly, those who prefer too much spicy, sugary or oily food tend to get acne.
  • Adhyashana – Eating at short intervals, due to which the food previously consumed isn’t fully digested.
  • Viruddhashana – Consuming incompatible foods such as fruit with  milk, meat with milk, etc.
  • Vishamashana – Eating with disregard for the body needs, such as eating food when not hungry or fasting when hungry
  • Women with menstrual problems such as irregular menses can suffer from acne . While acne is quite common in women, the problem is exacerbated in those whose periods are delayed.
  • Irregular sleeping habits which disrupts the body’s natural rhythms and causes metabolic imbalance leading to toxin overload and acne.
  • Rakta (Blood) and Mamsa (Muscle) Dhatus: Imbalances in these tissues can lead to inflammation and pus formation associated with acne.

2. External Factors

  • Skincare Products: Using comedogenic products in excess that clog pores can aggravate Pitta and Kapha, leading to acne.
  • Environmental Conditions: Exposure to pollution and toxins can disturb dosha balance and contribute to skin issues.

Other Doshas and Their Role in Acne

While Pitta is the primary dosha involved in acne, the other doshas also play a role in its manifestation.

Vata Dosha
  • Dryness and Roughness: Vata’s characteristics of dryness and irregular movement can lead to an uneven shedding of skin cells, contributing to clogged pores.
  • Nervous System Imbalance: Anxiety and stress, which can be linked to Vata, may worsen acne.
Kapha Dosha
  • Oiliness and Congestion: Kapha’s qualities of moisture and stability can contribute to excessive oil production and clogged pores.
  • Sluggish Digestion: Kapha imbalance can slow down digestion, leading to toxin buildup which can manifest in skin conditions like acne.

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