Every blemish has a story to tell
Here’s a very relatable scenario -
You wake up one fine morning and discover a catastrophe.
The scene: The adjunction of your right nostril and your cheek.
The crime: A blemish – it could be acne or a spot on your skin that you had said your goodbye to the other day, has resurfaced once again.
The motive: To make you realize that the light at end of the tunnel was, in fact, the headlights of an oncoming train!
We all know the common reasons why blemishes occur.
But, again and again, in perpetuity?
Could there, perhaps, be some science to it?
A reliable explanation that can help you prepare better for the next time another one’s about to strike !?
Ayurveda says, YES!
Ayurveda looks at any kind of external signs on the body as causes of imbalance – in nature and in your body itself. How? Read along.
According to the philosophies of Ayurveda, there are five elements in nature, or what they call as ‘Pancha Maha Bhoothas’ in Sanskrit. They are – Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Space. Ayurveda believes that each human is a unique composition of these 5 elements, and that these 5 elements are embodied in the human body in the form of ‘Doshas’. Ayurvedic teachings recognize 3 kinds of Doshas – Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (earth and water).
Every living human being has these 3 Doshas and a unique balance between them too. Any vitiation in the composition of these 3 Doshas in the human body are what gets reflected as ailments.
Ayurveda says, the major cause of reoccurring blemishes is the derangement of‘jathragni’ or what can be called in common tongue as ‘the digestive fire’, which is a major cause of Dosha imbalance in the body, and in the context of blemishes, the Pitta Dosha.
When jathragni deteriorates, the imbalanced Doshas push the body into producing more toxins that block the pores on your skin, also known in Ayurveda as ‘srotas’ or microscopic channels.
And when toxins are produced, it starts to show up on your skin, whether you wish to see them or not.
Did you know that Ayurvedic practitioners study the skin of a person in order to discover the status of their health? Healthy skin indicates a perfect balance of all your Doshas.
Your skin does speak a lot about your internal health as well!
Interestingly, the return of these skin blemishes are, in fact, vital clues about the imbalance of a particular dosha, or where in the body are those toxins being stored.
Below, insights from our Ayurvedic skincare experts. Happy reading!
There are different kinds of blemishes, and each of them speak for the Dosha whose imbalance has been the cause behind their appearance.
In short, which Dosha causes what kind of a blemish?
Spot the common kind of blemish that visits your skin and understand the root-cause, below!
Know that you’re not alone. In fact, the appearance of dark spots on your skin has an Ayurvedic explanation too.
Ayurvedic savants call dark spot ‘Vyanga’ meaning an unwanted speckle on your skin. The reason behind the appearance of a ‘Vyanga’ or a dark spot is the imbalance of not one but two Doshas.
According to ancient Ayurvedic text ‘Yoga Ratnakar’, an aggravation of both Vata and Pitta Dosha in the system lead to the appearance of darker spots on the face. Most often, these spots become extremely dark, almost black.
In modern skincare, we often interchange the words ‘dark spots’ with ‘age spots’, relating the phenomenon to nothing but a consequence of aging.
However, it’s not just aging, as a factor that plays a role in it, but also multiple others such as too much sun exposure, hormonal changes in your body, especially during menopause and inflammation from acne.
All of these factors raise Vata and Pitta dosha in the body and contribute to dryness and skin dehydration and blemishes.
Eat right, eat healthy:
Vata’s qualities are associated with cold, dryness and mobility, and on the other hand, Pitta’s qualities are associated with heat, lightness, intensity and fluidity.
A Vata-Pitta Balancing Diet should be a mix of both – with heating and cooling foods, moderately moist or oily, grounding and stabilizing in nature, sweet but not too sugary, alternating with bitter and a bit of astringent occasionally.
Best foods to eat are oats, barley, cilantro, fennel, avocados, figs, bananas etc.
Herbs such as saffron, turmeric, cardamom, triphala etc. are of particular importance when it comes to pacifying Vata and Pitta Doshas.
Pro tip: Mix turmeric and fuller's earth in equal parts and add curd to it to make a fine paste. Apply the concoction on your face and wash off in 30 minutes. Turmeric is known for its detoxifying and skin-brightening properties. On the other hand, fuller’s earth and curd are naturally cooler substances that can help soothe the aggravated Pitta dosha.
If you want an easy, ready-to-use mask, try Nicumin Brightening and Even-Toning Face Mask that has Turmeric, 5 Ayurvedic seeds, Fuller's Earth and the gentlest form of an AHA that deliver the triple effects of even-toning, exfoliating and brightening.
Or, you can also try iYURA's Paraania Face Oil - Ayurveda's 1-Pump Daily Solution to reduce the appearance of darker spots (darker than your overall skin-tone) and
the look of blemishes to moisturize skin!
It contains Dita Bark, also known as 'The Blackboard Tree' along with powerful cleansing action of Turmeric!
If your skin needs more care, mix it with iYURA's Turmerisa Face Oil Activator, rich in Turmeric! All you need is 1 drop of the activator oil to get a raw glow and cleansed effect.
Do you often spot blackheads, whiteheads or milia on your skin?
Ayurveda has good reasons to believe that the appearance of blackheads, whiteheads and milia are causes of Vata-aggravation in your body. These leave the skin feeling dry, rough and congested.
Unlike pimples, these are not filled with pus, neither are they deep. They are typically small, dry and are clogged with the naturally occurring substance in our skin known as ‘sebum’.
The fundamental cause is often dehydration and dryness. This could happen because of multiple factors such as less water consumption, lack of enough moisturization, climatic conditions, amongst many more.
What should you do and what shouldn't you do to avoid the appearance of blackheads, whiteheads and milia?
One very basic thing we all can do is combat dehydration. Drink enough water and fluids, include foods in your diet that have enough water content in them.
Some of the hydrating foods that can help balance Vata Dosha are melons, okra, zucchini, avocados, sweet fruits, oranges, cherries etc. Try consuming more fiber-rich foods as well.
Ayurvedic experts are also of the opinion that to tackle dryness, healthy fats may prove helpful. Which is why they suggest consuming foods such as fatty fish, olive oil, chia seeds, flax seeds etc. However, strictly avoid consuming dry fruits, beef, eggplants, apples etc. which are known to provoke Vata Dosha.
Similarly, herbs such as Vetiver, Aloe Vera, Bakuchi, Ashwagandha, Shatavari etc. have proved their expertise in dealing with Vata-based skin imbalances.
Pro tip: Take 1-2 teaspoons of castor oil before going to bed. Make sure you take it on an empty stomach. It is a stimulant laxative. It helps to increase the movement of the intestines and thereby the bowel movement.
Are red, angry-looking bumps often a visitor on your cheeks and at times, your forehead?
According to Ayurveda, these red, inflamed bumps are indicators of Pitta imbalance in your body. Which means that the element of fire in your body is in excess.
Remember that Pitta is the dosha that administers your stomach, small intestine and your nose.
And what do we do when there’s excessive heat? We try and cool it down by consuming cooler foods.
And we don’t mean refrigerated, cold foods, but foods that are naturally cooler and offer a sense coolness to the body when consumed, such as aloe vera juice, wheat, barley, coconut, fig, kale, celery, watermelon, sprouts, green salads etc.
Consume smaller or blended meals to go easy on your digestive system.
Avoid eating sour and spicy foods, excess of grease or oil, tomatoes, garlic, peanuts etc. These are foods that can further aggravate your Pitta Dosha.
Ayurvedic experts say that Pitta-aggravated acne require the gentlest of care.
Which is why they also suggest topical application of aloe vera gel which is known for its purifying properties.
Pro tip: Drink a glass of aloe vera juice in the morning, along with a dash of turmeric. The anti-bacterial properties of these Ayurvedic herbs purify your body from within and help get rid of skin-related problems like acne.
Have you been witnesses to deep, cystic pus-filled painful acne near your t-zones?
Chances are your Kapha Dosha is on the high!
We understand how difficult it can be to deal with painful, pus-filled acne, regularly. Which is why we have compiled some information here. Follow them as they are, and notice a difference in days, without the help of intrusive methods.
Excessive Kapha is the assailant when it comes to large, persisting cystic acne. An excess of Kapha is an indicator of body’s slow, sluggish movements. This particular dosha also controls your lymphatic system.
Which is why the most important thing to do in case of Kapha imbalance is adequate movement and exercise, especially one that helps increase blood circulation in the body.
The best time to practice exercise are early morning hours, according to Ayurveda. Make sure you do not let your body stagnate.
Dietary changes can also help lower down aggravated Kapha. Bitter and astringent foods are best suited for Kapha-balancing diet.
Make sure you always consume warm water, no cooler than room temperature. Dry fruits, pomegranates, cranberries, eggs, whole grains etc. are foods that are helpful in this condition.
Strictly avoid all dairy products, sugar, wheat and damp food. Also limit your intake of soy and fermented foods.
Pro tip: Drink ginger tea, mixed with a tablespoon of honey several times a day. Ginger contains natural oils known as gingerols that reduce inflammation and pain. Anti-inflammatory benefits of gingerols can help soothe irritated skin.
Not a fan of ginger's spicy, pungent taste?
Try out iYURA Paraania Face Oil, specifically formulated by our Ayurvedic experts for blemish-prone skin.
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First and foremost, hygiene
Make sure you wash your face at least 2 times a day. Use a gentle cleanser, one with natural herbs, preferably. Gently wash your face with cool water and a mild cleanser to remove dirt, pollutants and dead cells.
In fact, you can use natural, DIY exfoliants to regularly cleanse your skin, as per your Dosha.
For Vata dominant skin:
Prepare a fine paste by mixing a spoon of almond powder and ½ spoon of coconut milk. Apply it to your face and gently massage it for a few minutes. Later, wash your face with lukewarm water.
Or, you can go for Ajara’s tried-and-tested Vata-Specific Coconut Rose Softening Cleanser.
It is an uplifting, creamy foam-less facial cleanser with REAL coconut granules, custom-made for dry mature skin, that leaves it feeling clean, refreshed and moisturized.
For pitta dominant skin:
Prepare a thick paste by mixing a spoon of lentil flour, ½ spoon of turmeric powder, and one spoon of water. Exfoliate your skin using this paste and then wash it off with cool water.
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Try Ajara’s Cedarwood Rose Calming Cleanser – a 100% natural, calming and soothing cleanser for your sensitive Pitta-type skin.
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For Kapha dominant skin:
Add ½ spoon of lemon juice to ½ spoon of honey and apply it to your face. Wait for 5 minutes and then wash it off using lukewarm water.
For purpose of ease, you can also use Ajara's Rosemary Mint Oil Control Wash - a 100% natural, non-irritating, gentlest of cleansers to help you indulge your oily skin with super-cleansing, immensely refreshing, glow-reviving skincare staple.
Additionally, make sure your external surroundings are clean and free of dirt. If not, as your skin comes in contact with them, it may clog pores and lead to blemishes.
Clean your phones with antibacterial wipes, to avoid transmission of dirt to your facial skin while talking. Make sure you always change pillowcases and bedsheets frequently as well.
not just in your food, but also for your skin.
The ancient chest of Ayurvedic treasury consists of innumerable herbs commonly used in skincare that are known to carry multitudes of skin-benefitting elements within them.
In fact, these herbs are so common that you may find them in your kitchen cabinets or may have at least heard of them.
On topical application of these herbs to your face, their soothing properties would help skin look clearer and free of blemishes.
A versatile Ayurvedic herb that helps clean up the skin pretty well by unclogging pores and smoothening the skin. It boosts complexion, wards off skin foes and activates skin's raw glow. This herb also helps with the look of aging signs, especially wrinkles and fine lines.
Also known as the ‘cleansing tree’ in Ayurveda, the bark and the roots of this tree have been used in Ayurveda for their astringent activities. For skincare formulations, the bark of this tree is used since it has powers to keep the skin looking clean, clear and even-toned. This ingredient helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and blemishes.
A rejuvenating and complexion enhancer, it helps in balancing the skin's temper-tantrums and uneven skin tone. It is often added to face care products to make the complexion even and tone down the appearance of uneven spots to give a relatively more even-looking complexion.
Neem is often called Nature’s own Medicine Cabinet due to its astounding and powerful cleansing properties.
It is a key, formidable ingredient that helps skin look clearer, pure, clean and healthy.
Did you know that Saffron contains more than 150 carotenoid compounds including safranal, zeaxanthin, lycopene and various α- and β-carotenes along with a rich source of riboflavin? Rich in Vitamins B2, B3 and B6, Saffron makes for an excellent herb to aid in restoring a brightened-look and even-toned skin.
According to Ayurveda, Black Gram is the holy grail for mature skin. Ayurveda's belief in graceful aging brings the holistic gift of Black Gram for firming, toning and deeply moisturizing skin that’s matured significantly over the years. This Ayurvedic ingredient contains many minerals to help the skin glow with softness and elasticity.
Next time, when you make a skincare purchase, look for some of these ingredients in the long list. If you spot them, rest assured, you’re in good hands!
Adopt an Ayurvedic skincare routine
Blemishes occur due to intrinsic and extrinsic reasons, and both these factors are dependent on each other. It is hard to pin-point only intrinsic factors without also getting the extrinsic aspects correct.
For centuries now, Ayurveda has recognized the importance of herbs and spices naturally found in nature, to help ratify the appearance of blemishes on skin.
There are traditional Ayurvedic formulations that use the synergy of these herbs and ingredients to keep skin looking clear and squeaky clean.
At iYURA, we formulate pure, authentic, traditional Ayurveda in a modern, usable, alluring format, with results that are not mere promises – the gorgeous glow on your face would speak for it.
These Dosha-specific formulations help keep skin clean from inside-out and shine through with a brilliant radiance.
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