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Ayurveda and Acne

Acne is a common skin disease that affects more than 85% of the population at some point in their lives.  Acne is more common in men than women during adolescence, and more common in women than men during adulthood.  Ayurveda says that acne is an imbalance of all three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, with the main cause being the aggravation of the Pita dosha.  Pitta is made up of a combination of fire and water, hence the heat, or redness, of the skin.  Since a Pitta imbalance is deep in the physiology, creams and topical treatments just mask the symptoms of acne.  Ayurveda recommends a Pitta diet and lifestyle routine to tackle the disease at the root cause.  Meditation and yoga help to ease stress, which is a contributing factor.  When experiencing a breakout of acne, try making a paste of turmeric powder and water and applying to the blemishes with a cotton ball.  Turmeric is an antibiotic and antibacterial so will help calm the eruptions.

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