Oily and acne prone skin needs special care. This festive season, herbalist Sonia Sharma of Quinta Essentia Organic gives simple and easy-to-follow tips for a blemish-free, radiant look
The rishis of yesteryear knew that modern man will need help in staying healthy, fit and radiant, so they gave us ayurveda, which elucidates simple ways to make the skin healthy with inner and outer purifications. In ayurveda, the focus is not just on cleansing and protecting the skin but an all encompassing approach; mainly stimulating and cleansing the blood and the lymph, the two primary fluids that directly feed the skin. You must bear in mind that each person is unique in their prakriti and hence if your skin is feeling unhealthy or showing signs of imbalance search for natural treatments that target the problem based on your dosha aggravation/vitiation. Given below are a few beauty tips for oily and acne prone skin:
Cystic acne characterised by very oily skin, large pores, blackheads, large pussy pimples are an imbalance of pitta or kapha. This condition is generally aggravated by over consumption of sweets, fats, oils, red meat, coffee, emotional stress and attachments. A few simple tropical home remedies will ease the condition, however, a complete cure demands a lot more from the being including a change in lifestyle and more importantly in mental disposition.
- Take weekly detoxifying baths using Epsom salts or ginger + rock salt.
- Steam face once/ twice every week using 2-3 drops of rosemary or eucalyptus essential oils
- Use a simple mask once or twice a week. To make, mix 1/2 tsp crushed cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon coriander seeds with a few drops of water. Apply the paste over pimples and leave for 15-20 minutes, then rinse and follow with good quality rose water.
- For stubborn large cysts, apply piece of warm onion 2-3 times a day to break it, but do not squeeze.
Remember, acne vulgaris requires deep internal detoxification of the blood, liver and other digestive organs. Regular practice of Sanatan Kriya cleanses the mind and your aura, which is the first step for bringing your health in balance.