Acne is a skin condition in which there is excess production of oil from the sebaceous glands leading to the blockage of hair follicles. It is the most common problem of adolescents, and is therefore known as yauvanpidika in Ayurveda; Yauvan means adolescence and pidika means Ã¢??pustules or papulesÃ¢??. Acne usually affects the face, back and shoulders and other areas that are densely populated with sebaceous glands. Acne presents as blackheads, whiteheads,pimples or nodules.
The primary cause is impairment of all the three doshas, which further vitiates the rakta and meda dhatus(blood and fat tissues). Vitiated doshas produce toxins that block the energy of the face leading to pimple formation. The condition of acne can also be aggravated by excessive intake of oily, spicy, salty and sour foods.
Ã¢?Â¢ Whiteheads Ã¢?Â¢ Blackheads Ã¢?Â¢ Pimples
Although acne is the problem that appears due to imbalance of the three doshas- vata, pitta and kapha. However, the main cause is the aggrevation of the pitta dosha, an ayurvedic humour that symbolizes heat or fire. Pitta dosha menifests in the skin and causes accumulation of heating toxins. Because acne is deep rooted, use of local creams, antibiotics and lotions mask symptoms. Thus, specific Ayurvedic treatment is advised which includes right diet, lifestyle and some specialized herbal combinations that tackle the disease from itÃ¢??s root cause.