Is your skin prone to acne? Does your skincare routine help you manage your acne breakouts? Each of us has a unique skin type and it’s important to follow a suitable skincare routine based on it.
“Your skincare routine ideally should help in removing excess sebum, dirt, and other pollutants from your skin to keep the pores clean. Use skincare products that maintain the pH balance in your skin to prevent acne breakouts,” says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.
In this article, we tell you the most suitable Ayurvedic skincare routine to manage your acne issues.
What Is The Best Ayurvedic Skin Care Routine For Acne?
Before you explore the best skincare routine for acne, you need to know what your acne type is and what is causing it. As per ancient Ayurveda, any imbalances occurring in three vital energies of your body: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas will manifest in the form of different skin ailments.
“Acne breakouts are common among people with dominant Pitta in the body, which also triggers the aggravation of other doshas. While the elevated Pitta in combination with elevated Kapha is responsible for excessive sebum secretion, the vitiated Vata dosha (responsible for dryness) causes excessive shedding of dead skin cells,” says Dr. Zeel.
Increased Kapha leads to pus formation, high Pitta dosha is responsible for inflammation caused during acne, and a high rise in Vata dosha results in the hardening of acne (as in the case of nodules).
Below is a table to help you understand the role of elevated doshas in different acne types:
It is caused by elevated Kapha levels.There is no inflammation as the Pitta dosha is in a balanced state.
It is caused by elevated Kapha and Vata. Blackheads can be hard and black on the top due to elevated Vata. As Pitta is balanced, there is no inflammation.
It is caused by the rise in Vata and Pitta doshas along with a slight rise in Kapha dosha. Thus, there is no pus formation. But, the elevated Pitta causes inflammation.
It is caused by the rise in all three doshas. Hence, we may notice inflammation as well as pus formation.
It is caused by very high rises in Kapha dosha accompanied by elevated Pitta. Hence, it is a severe form of acne with pus formation and inflammation.
It is caused by high Kapha, high Vata and moderately elevated Pitta doshas. Hence, nodules are inflamed deep acne filled with hardened pus beneath your epidermis.
By understanding your acne type and the doshas linked to it, you can choose suitable skin products formulated with the right Ayurvedic ingredients that bring balance to your elevated doshas.
Now, let’s start with the morning and night skincare routines that you need to follow to prevent and control acne.
A. Morning Skincare Routine For Acne
- Start your morning skincare routine by washing your face with lukewarm water.
- Apply a herbal cleanser and massage your face gently using your fingertips.
- Then, give your face a final rinse with cool water.
Ayurvedic Ingredients To Look For In Your Cleansers
A. Onion - Best for blackheads and papules as it balances Vata.
B. Neem - Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts while it balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
C. Aloe vera - Best for any acne type as it balances all three doshas .
D. Reetha or soap nut - Best for any acne type as it balances all three doshas.
E. Daruharidra - Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts while it balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
F. Sariva - Best for all acne types as it balances all three doshas.
G. Basil - Best for blackheads and nodules as it balances Kapha and Vata doshas
H. Banyan - Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts while it balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
Vedix Tip: Never use harsh soaps or hand washes on your face. These products dry out your skin and may irritate your face.
Step 2: Steaming & Exfoliation
- Steaming helps in opening up the clogged pores in your skin.
- Then, the deep-rooted dead skin and sebum plugs can be eliminated from your skin pores through gentle exfoliation.
- Always use mild exfoliators on your skin and do not use over-pressure while scrubbing your face. Ensure the exfoliants you use are soft and non-abrasive on your skin.
- Exfoliate your acne-prone skin twice or thrice a week. Over-exfoliation can damage your skin tissue.
- Avoid exfoliation when you have nodules or cysts as they can rupture, leading to severe acne breakout.
Ayurvedic Ingredients You Can Opt For Exfoliation
A. Triphala powder - Best for any acne type as it balances all three doshas.
B. Sandalwood powder - Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts. It balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
C. Amla powder - Best for any acne type as it balances all three doshas.
D. Neem powder - Best for whiteheads and pustules. It balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
E. Red sandal powder - Best for whiteheads and pustules. It balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
Step 3: Toning
- Toners help in enclosing the open skin pores which are susceptible to the accumulation of sebum, dead skin, and dirt.
- Toners are also useful in removing excess sebum from your skin, thus helping in preventing acne.
- You need to apply a toner across your face using a cotton ball.
- Avoid using alcohol-based toners as they can dry out your skin.
Natural Ingredients You Can Use As Toners
A. Rosewater - Best for any skin type, especially acne-prone skin.
B. Jasmine water - Best for dry and sensitive skin types.
C. Lavender water - Best for oily skin
Step 4: Moisturization
- Moisturization is an important step to shield your skin from harsh weather, pollution, heat damage, etc.
- It keeps your skin hydrated and nourished.
- When you have acne-prone skin, opt for a non-greasy and lightweight moisturizer that can help you keep your elevated doshas in balance.
Ayurvedic Ingredients You Can Look For In Your Moisturizer
A. Licorice - Best for papules as it balances Vata and Pitta doshas.
B. Sariva - Best for all acne types as it balances all three doshas.
C. Lotus - Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts as it balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
D. Bakuchi - Best for blackheads and nodules as it balances Kapha and Vata doshas
E. Manjistha- Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts. It balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
F. Lodhra or symplocos racemosa - Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts as it balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
G. Vetiver - Best for papules as it balances Vata and Pitta doshas.
H. Aloe vera - Best for any acne type as it balances all three doshas.
I. Kadira or cutch tree - Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts. It balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
J. Draksha or raisins - Best for papules as it balances Vata and Pitta doshas.
K. Shatavari or Asparagus racemosus - Best for all acne types as it balances all three doshas.
L. Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera - Best for any acne type as it balances all the three doshas, especially high Vata and Kapha doshas.
M. Ashoka or Saraca Indica - Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts as it balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
Step 5: Apply Sunscreen
- Do not skip applying sunscreen before you step out in the sun, no matter what your skin type is.
- Applying sunscreen before doing makeup prevents skin damage and tanning caused by harmful UV radiation.
- While most herbal moisturizers contain SPF and give your skin sun protection, you can also use a separate sunscreen lotion that contains a minimum SPF of 30.
- Your sunscreen lotion should not be heavy or greasy.
- It has to be free from harmful chemical ingredients that may damage your skin as well as the environment in the long term.
Ingredients You Can Opt For In Your Sunscreen
- Zinc oxide
- Titanium oxide
- Orange peel
- Aloe vera
- Olive oil
- Cottonseed oil
Oxybenzone is one of the most common chemical ingredients used in more than 3500 sunscreen products across the world. This chemical disrupts the ocean ecosystem by bleaching and damaging coral life .
B. Night Skincare Routine For Acne
Step 1: Cleansing
- At night, it’s important to cleanse off the dirt, sweat, pollutants, and make up residue accumulated on your face throughout the day.
- Hence, repeat the cleansing step from your morning routine. You can use the same face cleansing agent.
- Ensure you do not go to bed with makeup on your face.
Step 2: Toning
- After cleansing your face, you can repeat this step using the same toner that you used in your morning routine.
Step 3: Night Serum
- Using a herbal night serum can help you in controlling acne by balancing your skin pH levels.
- Also, it helps in fading the acne scars by repairing the damaged skin.
- Use a dropper to apply the night serum to your acne breakouts and blemishes.
- You can spread the serum evenly around the affected area using your finger nibs.
Ayurvedic Ingredients You Can Look For In Your Night Serums
A. Vacha or Sweet flag - Best for blackheads and nodules as it balances Kapha and Vata doshas
B. Aloe vera - Best for any acne type as it balances all three doshas.
C. Bakuchi or Psoralea corylifolia - best for blackheads and nodules as it balances Kapha and Vata doshas.
D. Tea-tree oil - Best for any acne type as it balances all three doshas.
E. Neem oil - Best for whiteheads, pustules, and cysts as it balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
Step 4: Night Cream
- Most of the moisturizers are slightly heavy as they are intended for hydration and skin protection from different environmental factors.
- You can replace these moisturizers with light-weight night creams during your night skincare routine if you have acne-prone skin.
- Besides having acne-controlling properties, night creams work to reduce signs of aging and enhance the natural radiance of your skin.
Ayurvedic Ingredients You Can Look For In Your Night Creams
A. Aloe Vera - Best for all types of acne.
B. Saffron - Best for all types of acne.
C. Licorice - Best for papules as it balances Vata and Pitta doshas.
D. Manjistha- Best for cysts as it balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
E. Vetiver - Best for papules as it balances Vata and Pitta doshas.
F. Lotus - Best for whiteheads and cysts as it balances Kapha and Pitta doshas.
G. Turmeric - Best for all types of acne .
Face Packs For Acne
1. Ayurvedic Herbal Packs
A. Nimba (Neem)
Add 2 spoons of rose water to 10-12 neem leaves and grind them into a fine paste. Apply the paste on your face and rinse it off after 45 minutes. It balances Pitta and Kapha doshas and works wonders to treat inflamed forms of acne.
B. Dhanyaka (Coriander)
Blend fresh coriander leaves along with their stems into a fine paste and add 2-3 spoons of cucumber juice to it. Apply it as a face mask and wash it off after half an hour. It balances all three doshas and works great for all types of acne.
C. Guduchi (Giloy)
Grind giloy leaves into a smooth paste and apply it to your face. After half an hour, rinse it off with normal water. While it balances all three doshas, it can be used to treat any acne type too, especially blackheads and nodules.
D. Manjistha (Indian Madder)
Prepare a smooth paste by adding 2-3 spoons of aloe vera gel to 1-2 spoons of manjistha powder. Apply it on your acne and rinse it off after 30-45 minutes. It is also one of the best choices to treat inflamed acne types as it balances Pitta and Kapha doshas.
E. Jatiphala (Nutmeg)
Add a spoon of raw honey and a spoon of lemon juice to 2 spoons of nutmeg powder. Apply it on your pimples and wash it off after half an hour. It works best for nodules and blackheads as it balances Vata and Kapha doshas well.
2. Home-Made Packs
Below home-remedies work to control any form of acne. Hence, they can be used by anyone with inflamed or non-inflamed types of acne:
A. Add a little amount of water to two spoons of green tea leaves. Now, add a spoon of aloe vera gel to it. Apply the mixture to your face and rinse it off using lukewarm water after half an hour. Repeat it twice a week.
B. Apply turmeric paste on your pimples and wash them off after half an hour. Repeat twice a day.
C. Add a spoon of lemon juice to a spoon of raw honey. Mix well and apply it to your pimples using a cotton ball. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off using lukewarm water. Repeat it twice a day.
D. Heat a spoonful of olive oil on a low flame. Now, add a few crushed garlic pieces to it. Heat it for another minute and keep it aside for cooling. Later, apply the garlic-infused olive oil on the pimples and rinse it off after half an hour. Repeat it twice a day.
E. Add a spoon of Epsom salt to a cup of warm water. After the salt is dissolved, soak a clean cotton cloth with this solution and put it on your face for 15 minutes. Later, wash your face with normal water. Repeat this twice a week.
Recommended Tips For Acne Prone Skin
- Avoid rubbing your skin harshly while cleansing your face.
- Control the habit of touching your face frequently with your hands.
- Keep your hair clean by washing it regularly and don’t let your hair fall on your face.
- Do not put on excess makeup. Remove your makeup before sleeping.
- Do not use any heavy cosmetics and skincare products. Always prefer using oil-free products on your skin.
- Never squeeze your pimples to prevent the growth of infection and scarring.
- Keep your skin hydrated and glowing by drinking lots of water.
- Include a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet.
- Practice a healthy lifestyle. Indulge in yoga and meditation to combat your stress.
Please consult your doctor to check if there are any unsuitable ingredients for your body in your skincare products as per your medical history.
The Last Word
No skincare routine can transform your acne-prone skin overnight. To see promising results, you need to be consistent with your skincare routine for at least 2-3 months. Besides herbal remedies, Ayurveda also focuses on a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet to maintain healthy, radiant, and clear skin
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