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Are you suffering from acne or pimples? If yes, then you have come to the right place. Here are the best home remedies backed by Ayurveda to remove pimples or acne.
However, before we dive deep into the home remedies for pimples, let’s have a look at the problem in detail.
Everything You Need To Know About Pimples
Pimples are a common symptom of acne, which is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin. It is especially common in adolescents and teenagers (1).
There are many factors responsible for acne, including disturbed hormonal production, excess sebum production, microbial colonisation and occlusion of the pilosebaceous duct (2).
Acne can get worsened by factors like:
- Anxiety and stress
- Oil-based makeups
- A hot and humid climate
- Greasy hair
- Squeezing the pimples (2)
According to Ayurveda, vitiation in any of the three Doshas can lead to the formation of pimples. If pimples or acne are caused due to the vitiation of Vata Dosha, then you may experience severe itching, dryness and blackish discolouration. In case of pimples formed due to Pitta vitiation, you may experience redness, heat and pus formation. Kapha-vitiated pimples can lead to increased oiliness and pus formation. The Ayurvedic treatment of acne usually depends on the type of pimples (1).
However, there are many home remedies backed by Ayurveda that can help treat pimples at home. Even though these remedies are safe, it is advised to consult an Ayurvedic doctor before using them.
Home Remedies For Pimples Backed by Ayurveda
Neem Face Pack
The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Neem help in removing pimples, treating acne and improving overall skin health (3).
You can use Neem in the form of paste. For this, grind a few Neem leaves and add lemon juice, aloe vera gel or rosewater to it. Mix it well and apply it to your face for 20 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water.
Manjistha Face Pack
Manjistha is an Ayurvedic herb well known for its medicinal properties. Imbued with blood-purifying, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress and antimicrobial properties, it is one of the best herbs to treat acne and remove pimples (4).
You can use Manjistha in the form of paste. For this, take 1 tablespoon of Manjistha powder and mix it with water and honey. Apply the mixture on the face and neck and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Once dried, wash off with lukewarm water.
Turmeric Face Pack
Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin which exhibits potent antimicrobial properties. Using turmeric on your skin can help treat acne, remove pimples and also boost your overall skin health (5).
You can make a face pack with turmeric as well. Take a tablespoon of turmeric and add some aloe vera gel and water to it. Mix well and apply to your face and neck for 10-15 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Aloe Vera Gel
Known for its excellent therapeutic properties such as anti-bacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties, aloe vera is known as one of the best herbs for skin health, especially for acne (6).
You can directly use raw aloe vera gel and apply it to your face. You can even leave the gel overnight. If you wish, you can also add honey to aloe vera gel and then apply it for 15-20 minutes.
Guggul Face Pack
Guggul is packed with potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial [operties that benefit acne patients significantly (6). Many Ayurvedic medicines for acne also use Guggul extracts in them.
To use Guggul, take a tablespoon of Guggul powder and mix it with some lukewarm water. You can also add honey or aloe vera gel to the paste. Apply it on your face and neck and wash it after 15-20 minutes.
The Final Takeaway
Acne is a skin disorder and just like any other disease, it must be treated on time. Ayurvedic herbs are extremely beneficial in removing pimples and treating acne. These herbs or herbal powders are easily available in the market, and these face packs can be prepared easily at home using simple ingredients.