Acne Pimples

Acne vulgaris pimples@ Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic

Acne vulgaris (the common acne) is very common malady of teenagers involving predominantly the face. Although many efforts have been tried to combat with this disease but still it exists as a troublesome problem in society. Modern science deals it mostly with a symptomatic approach. The disease requires correct and efficient long-term management, which produces social and psychological upset.

Acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the pilosebaceous units and characterized by formation of comedones (blackheads & whiteheads), papules, nodules, pustules, cysts, abscesses and scars. Four major factors are involved in the pathogenesis of acne though all the factors may not be present in one patient. They are –

  •  Increased sebum production –This can be due to increased levels of androgens or their active metabolites. Sebum disintegrates into free fatty acids, which are irritating
  •  Abnormal microbial flora – Increased levels of propionibacterium acne contribute to inflammation and irritation. But acne is not infectious
  •  Follicular wall and sebaceous duct hyperkeratinization – leads to blockage of retention of sebum
  •  Inflammation – Contribution of all these factors leads to the classical clinical features of acne.

Acne is common in both sexes after puberty. It is more severe in males. It is polymorphic disease involving mainly the face. Other seborrhoeic areas of body like back, chest and shoulders are involved in severe cases.

Emotional stress is known to aggravate acne. Sweating also aggravates them. Premenstrual flare up is known to occur in females but diet has not been proved to have any effect on acne. Familial predisposition is known.

Grading of acne:

    •  Grade I (Mild) – comedones and papulesh
    •  Grade II (Moderate) – papules, comedones and pustules
    •  Grade III (Severe) – pustules, nodules, abscesses
    •  Grade IV (Cystic) – cysts, abscesses, scars

Ayurved View

In Ayurveda, it is called Youvana Pidaka. Youvana means youth and Pidaka means a skin eruption.

The other Ayurvedic names are – Tarunya pidaka (same meaning), Mukha dooshika (which causes harm to the beauty of face),Padmini kantaka (because of thorn like nature of acne) etc.

Causes of allergic rhinitis as per Ayurveda

Ayurved points out following reasons for the manifestation of Youvana pidaka

  •  Age –teenagers are more prone to develop acne
  •  Cosmetics – Over usage of cosmetics direct impact on facial skin
  •  Disease – Hormonal disorders can increase the severity of acne problems in girls
  •  Drugs – Acne can develop as a result of using certain drugs. (tranquilizers, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and steroids)
  •  Personal hygieneStrong soaps, hard scrubbing, and pricking at pimples can make acne worse
  •  Stress and anxiety –leading to metabolism imbalance and toxins
  •  Environment – Exposure to polluted environment & sweating can also make the condition worse
  •  Gender – Boys are more likely to develop acne and tend to have more serious cases than girls
  •  Hormonal changes – Acne can flare up during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause
  •  Dietjunk food, Fatty & oily foods can make affect acne. Excess intake of non vegetarian food
  •  Night awakening –leads to normal body rhythm imbalance, stress metabolism imbalance, leading to toxins and acne
  •  Physiological changes – taking place during adolescence attributed to hormonal imbalance
  •  Even pregnancy related hormone fluctuation leads to pimples
  •  Family history

signs and symptoms

It is characterized by comedones (blackheads), papules (pimples), and pustules (blisters). Sometimes it leads to darkening of the skin, crusted, or puffy skin.

Inflamed pores can cause pain or itching. The most troubling aspect of acne for many people is the scarring that can occur. And, while acne may not be very noticeable, individuals tend to be sensitive about their appearance. Teenagers especially may become concerned about the way other people react to them.

Features of Acne as per Ayurved

Small reddish black or pink eruptions which are initially none itching, non burning and non painful. But in due course of the time, if it is neglected or the causative factors are continued further, the condition may worsen and itching-painful-oozing or pus filled eruptions may be found. In its severity, fever, discoloration and cystic growths may be found. Constant irritation with the cosmetics and pricking by the nails are commonly worsening factors noticed in the clinical practice.

Acne Treatment @ Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic

Ayurved treats acne by balancing doshas by adopting the modified diet and life styles, herbal tablets, massaging face regularly with herbal creams and packs. Also it helps one has to find constructive ways to let off steam and express their emotions regularly in a calm, honest way which can also be cited as one of the reason for acne.

DrGarje Ayurved Acne Treatment includes

  •  Detoxification by Panchakarma therapy – Vaman,Virechan,Jaluakacharvan
  •  Ayurved Herbal Medicines
  •  Ayurved Aahar Vihar Management

Results: 3 to 4 Weeks

Treatment Includes: Oral Supplement, Topical formulations, Herbal Face Pack/Mask

Treatment time: Differ depending on how serious the acne is.

Daily Acne Care

  •  By keeping your skin in a healthy environment, your chances of preventing and minimizing the ill effects of acne.
  •  Gently wash-do not scrubs-the affected areas once or twice every day. Use lukewarm water.
  •  Avoid rough cleansers.
  •  Use makeup and skin moisturizers that do not produce comedones. Choose only oil-free cosmetics. Shampoo often and wear hair away from the face.
  •  Give dry pimples a limited amount of sun exposure.
  •  Do not prick or squeeze pimples. Keep Your Hands Away from Your Skin
  •  Reduce stress.
  •  Shave gently and avoid opening up existing lesions.

Prevent Body Acne

  •  Avoid wearing tight clothing since cutting off the air circulation to your back or neck is bad for your skin.
  •  Wear loose clothing made from a breathable fabric like 100% cotton or high percentage cotton mixes to promote good circulation and ventilation. Be sure to thoroughly rinse your clothes after they've gone through the wash cycle to make sure that no detergent or starchy residue is remaining.
  •  Avoid skin irritating products like strong perfumes or colognes.
  •  Also be careful of wearing backpacks or bags with tight shoulder straps that will plaster your bag against your back or chafe your skin.