BEST 5 AYURVEDIC HERBS FOR ACNE THAT REALLY WORK
Pimples are related to facial skin health and hormonal imbalance. Most people try to dry out their pimples by using astringent or harsh chemical products on their face, but an over-secretion of sebum (you skin´s natural oil) is actually a symptom of another cause and removing it only causes increased sebum production.
The Causes of Acne
Acne can be cause by a number of different lifestyle habits and health issues, according to Dr. MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), Ph.D. (Ayu) and Dr. Hebbar. These Ayurvedic practitioners point to the following potential causes:
Eating too much fried and junk foods, unbalancing the Doshas (or the balance of energies within the body)
Too many late nights
Using a lot of makeup
Stress and anxiety
Hormonal imbalance during adolescence, adulthood or pregnancy
So how do Ayurvedic herbs help? Ayurveda is an ancient herbal medical system from India. Ayurvedic practitioners put the body back into balance by using herbal blends, fasting, lifestyle modifications, and other techniques. They can be applied topically or taken orally in many cases.
Neem has been used as a medicine for over 5,000 years. It’s an evergreen tree that is found throughout India and has many healing powers, including strengthening the immune system and helping to heal acne.
Because Neem is a blood purifier and detoxifier, it works well to cleanse your system, and your skin. It’s also antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and reduces inflammation, so it’s perfect for pimples that don’t seem to go away, according to bodyecology.com (http://bodyecology.com/articles/neem_powder_acne_psoriasis_dandruff.php).
Dr. Mercola has a Neem moisturizer (http://www.iherb.com/Dr-Mercola-Healthy-Skin-Organic-Neem-Moisturizer-1-7-fl-oz-50-ml/49265), which can be used twice daily and underneath makeup, but you can also take it orally*.
If you’re looking for a topical preparation to make at home, making a Neem toner couldn’t be easier. Find the best quality Neem powder or leaves that you can afford, and boil two leaves or less than 1/8 teaspoon of powder in ½ liter of spring water (or other good quality water) until the water goes green. Allow it to cool, strain, and then store the liquid in a glass bottle. Twice a day, or as needed, dip an organic cotton ball or pad into it after cleansing, and pass it over your face gently.
Ashwagandha can correct your hormonal imbalance, calm your skin, and reduce acne. Plus it’s also great for stress reduction! Otherwise known as Indian ginseng, it’s an adaptogen that acts as an overall health tonic, but it’s great for acne because it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and aids in wound healing (bye-bye redness!). If you have been trying to dry your skin out, Ashwagandha could also help you combat dryness because it´s moisturizing. Why not try taking Ashwagandha orally? It will help with your skin, and your overall health and stress levels, too. Always follow the recommended dosage for best results.
Moringa is a super skin nutrient. It´s full of protein and vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, and phenolics. This Ayurvedic herb has also been used for millennia – in fact, the ancient Egyptians placed vases of valuable Moringa oil in their tombs. The oil (https://www.beeglorious.com/pages/moringa-oil) is said to clear acne-prone skin, firm, promote elasticity, reduce pore size, and boost radiance when applied topically. But don´t forget that many herbs deliver most of their benefits when mixed with a liquid and swallowed!
Moringa also helps with wound healing, and it’s an antifungal and antibacterial. This hydrating, detoxifying powerhouse (https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/moringa.html) should certainly be featured in your daily nutritional and facial routine if you’re looking for clearer skin. Moringa leaves are added to many cosmetics. If you´d like to make a purifying mask, find some Moringa powder and mix it with a little organic rose water to make a paste. Apply and leave it on your skin for 5 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Try this once per week before bed.
Shatavari is the main Ayurvedic rejuvenating female tonic, according to Kate Magic of rawliving.eu (http://www.rawliving.eu/shatavari.html). It´s a wide form of asparagus that has been used for thousands of years by women of all ages. It offers soothing, restorative relief from PMS, menstrual, and menopausal imbalances, according to Dr. Mercola. It works like dong quai, wild yam, raspberry leaf and evening primrose, says Dr. Mercola.
Indeed, scientific studies (http://www.chopra.com/files/docs/teacherdownloads/actpapers/PMS,%20Maggie%20Shafiro.pdf) show that it has been used effectively to reduce premenstrual syndrome, which is a great benefit for anyone with hormone-related acne – plus the headaches, bloating, tender breasts and other symptoms associated with PMS. Shatavari root comes as an organic powder. Add it to your acne arsenal for perfectly balanced hormones.
Kutki is another bitter tonic herb recommended by Ayurvedic practitioners in the treatment of acne. It’s known for its liver detoxifying properties. It’s a pitta pacifier, so it’s cooling and cleansing, which is great news for the hot, red, inflammatory nature of pimply skin. Here’s (http://svasthaayurveda.com/kutki-a-bitter-tonic-for-liver-health-weight-management-and-detoxification/) more on this herb. For clearer skin, you can take ½ teaspoon of it with 172 degree cup of hot water before breakfast every morning. It’s also synergistic with turmeric, and a 1:1 ratio of each herb works well. If you can’t stand the flavor, add a little honey to touch up the taste.
Although kutki and its compounds are already being used in medical industry (http://www.allresearchjournal.com/archives/2016/vol2issue2/PartB/2-1-13.pdf), bear in mind that it is an endangered herb, so support organic sources and use it sparingly. It can be sourced through Ayurvedic doctors and supply stores.
*If you are currently trying to have a baby, pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult a qualified medical
practitioner before taking any herbs, especially Neem.