Ayurvedic Medicine for Clear SkinTo understand how to achieve clear skin, it's important to understand what causes Pitta skin-related issues. The Pitta dosha can become aggravated and imbalanced from the simplest of habits:
- Eating too much spicy food
- Not incorporating calming activities
- Sleeping too sporadically
- Consuming too much alcohol
- Getting too much sun
- Engaging in competitive sports and activities
Clear Skin Starts on the InsideNo matter what skin condition may manifest as a Pitta skin disorder, it's important to balance Pitta from the source. Incorporating cooling, calming routines into daily life is the first step in balancing skin disorders.
Keep it CoolKeep the temperature down in the house, avoid overly hot showers, and skip the spicy sausage pizza. Cooling activities like swimming, Yin yoga, and walks outside in the cool morning or evening air (when the sun is set) will all help Pitta dosha stay calm and balanced.
Eat a Pitta DietA diet heavy in oily, spicy, acidic, hot foods will only increase Pitta disorders. This includes fried foods, alcohol, and excessive red meat. Instead opt for Pitta foods that are sweet, cooling, and mild. Incorporating things like watermelon, figs, celery, apple, cilantro, coconut, mung beans, avocado, kale, mint, bananas, cucumber, melon, and rice can all have a balancing effect on Pitta dosha.
Incorporate Balancing HerbsHerbal teas, powders, and formulas can also help balance Pitta dosha and skin disorders. Most importantly, incorporating balancing Pitta teas and herbs like cardamom, Triphala, neem, Brahmi, kava kava, ashwagandha, Bala, coriander, sandalwood, gokshura, and burdock root will help pacify Pitta dosha and reduce the severity of skin disorders. PIOR Living's Chyawanprash contains many of these nourishing herbs and formulas which will help balance Pitta dosha. Taking 1 teaspoon each morning, 15 minutes before eating, to regulate organ function and balance all 3 doshas. For more tips on balancing the Pitta dosha, read A Comprehensive Guide to the Pitta Dosha.
Pitta Beauty CareThe following external treatments help reduce skin conditions like acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and redness. They are easy to incorporate into your daily Ayurvedic skincare routine, and help cool and nurture the skin.
CleansingBecause Pitta skin types have mightier metabolisms and quick cell turnover rates, excessive cleansing is not required. Often times breakouts like acne are mostly due to internal factors (like hormones or organ systems issues), or an imbalance of the skin's oil. Reducing the amount of product use will often help clear the skin, including replacing washing the face in the morning with simply cool water and toning with rose water. For cleansing in the evenings, you can create a cleanser at home following this formula:
- 1 teaspoon chickpea flour
- 1 drop of chamomile, rose, or lavender essential oil
BalancingTo balance Pitta skin, you can simply use a cotton pad or wool saturated with rosewater and apply it to the face and neck after cleansing. You can also take a few drops and gently pat it into the skin. Other hydrosols that are excellent for Pitta skin include chamomile, frankincense, orange blossom, or jasmine. Masking the skin helps balance Pitta conditions as well. You can make a simple mask at home and incorporate it into your routine 2-3 times a week to alleviate skin conditions and as an effective Ayurvedic formula for clear skin:
- 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera
- 1 pinch of saffron
- 1/2 teaspoon of powdered neem, frankincense, or rose
- Hydrosol of your choosing