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Ayurvedic Management of Acne Vulgaris (Mukhadushika)

Ayurvedic Management of Acne

Heal Your Acne From The Inside-out With Ayurveda

Increasing levels of pollution, erratic schedules, and unhealthy eating habits have given rise to a host of issues for us humans. And, as our skin functions as a mirror of our inner health, bad health does reflect out on our face.

Acne is a skin disorder caused by an overproduction of oil from the sebaceous glands, resulting in the clogging of hair follicles. It is the most common problem of adolescents, and is therefore known as Yauvanapidika or Tarunya pitika or Mukhadhoosika  in Ayurveda; Acne usually affects the face, back and shoulders and other areas that are densely populated with sebaceous glands. Acne can appear in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or nodules. Ayurveda offers successful remedies for the underlying causes of acne and many other skin issues. Ayurveda focuses on root cause by balancing the tridoshas and caring the blood and skin tissues


The primary cause is impairment of Agni which leads to Imbalance of all the three doshas, predominantly the Pitta dosha, which further vitiates the rakta and meda dhatus . Imbalanced doshas create toxins that obstruct the channels of the impacted regions, resulting in the development of pimples.

• Consuming foods high in oil, spices, fat, fast food, and cold drinks can disrupt the balance of the three doshas.

• Engaging in activities such as staying up late, sleeping during the day, and exercising right after eating can also cause imbalances.

• Age-related issues mostly occur during young adulthood or youth.

• Emotional factors like anger and worry can lead to an increase in Pitta and Vata doshas.

• Internal factors like the endocrine system, specifically the increased production of sex hormones, can cause overactivity in the sebaceous glands leading to excess oil production.

Treatment of Acne & Pimples

The Lepa and Pralapa are considered as Shamana Chikitsa in early stages of Mukhadushika, while in severe cases, Shodhana Chikitsa is recommended. Additionally, Ayurvedic treatments have long-lasting benefits with no adverse effects.• Shodhan therapy includes procedures like Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Rakta Mokshna, etc.

1) Vaman Karma is the most effective method for treating Kaphaja abnormalities.

2) Virechana Karma is specifically recommended for Yuwanpidika.

3) Shiravedha involves Raktamokhsana through Shirovedha and jalookavacharanam, as described in Mukhdushika.

• Shaman therapy-  For Shaman therapy, many aushadha yogas  like  Arogyavardhini Vati, Kaishora guggulu ,Khadiradi Vati, Maha Manjisthadi Kwatha, Nimbadi Kashaya , patoladi kashaya, shonithamrutham kashayam, Sarivadhyasava, Khadiraristha, Manjistha churna, Mahatikta Ghruta, Panchatiktaka Ghruta  and external pralepas  like eladi choornam, nimbadi choornam, lodhradi choornam are advised 

One has to

  • Eat more of fresh Fruits and Vegetables, unprocessed food

  • Increase the use of herbs that have cooling effects on the body like fennel, Black Grapes, Amla, and Aloe vera

  • Increase intake of water to about 8-10 glasses per day

  • Manage Constipation

  • Wash your face frequently with Soap Free Herbal Face washes

  • Avoid irritant cosmetics

  • Do not squeeze the acne lesions

  • Take  Purgation once in 2-3 months to cleanse the Internal System with Supervision of an Ayurveda Physician

Some of  home remedies are

Take half teaspoon of this powder of Coriander seeds, fennel, basil, Turmeric, and Amla in equal parts  15 minutes before lunch and dinner mixed with Lukewarm water. 

Apply Mixture of Sandalwood paste, Turmeric with rosewater on affected Skin everyday. Leave it for 30mins and wash it off with coldwater. 

Crush some fresh and clean basil leaves, extract the juice and gently massage it onto your face. Allow the skin to absorb the juice for 15-20 minutes before washing it off with water.

Create a paste using Indian gooseberries and apply it to your face. Rinse it off after 15-20 minutes.

Dab a few drops of Pure Honey onto pimples or scars and wash it off after 5-10 minutes.

Mix turmeric powder with rosewater to make a paste and apply it to the skin. Once it dries, rinse it off and pat the skin dry.

Apply neem paste to the affected area, leave it on until dry, rinse with water and pat dry.

Crush soaked raisins in water and consume the mixture on an empty stomach every morning for 2-3 months to help control acne.

Take 1 tsp. of triphala with hot water at bedtime or on an empty stomach every morning.

Leave a papaya mask on for 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this daily.


Q: What is acne vulgaris?

A: Acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that commonly manifests as pimples, blackheads, papules, and pustules.

Q: How does Ayurveda define mukhadushika?

A: In Ayurveda, mukhadushika is the term used to describe acne vulgaris, specifically referring to acne affecting the face.

Q: What are the common signs and symptoms of mukhadushika?

A: Signs and symptoms of mukhadushika include comedones (blackheads), papules, pustules, scarring, and inflammation.

Q: How does Ayurvedic treatment differ from conventional treatment for acne vulgaris?

A: Ayurvedic treatment focuses on balancing the individual's doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), purifying the body, and using herbal formulations to treat acne, whereas conventional treatments often involve topical or oral medications.

Q: Can Ayurvedic management of mukhadushika be effective for adolescents?

A: Yes, Ayurvedic management of mukhadushika can be effective for adolescents, as it offers gentle and natural treatments that do not have adverse effects on hormonal balance.

Q: Are there any case reports or studies supporting the Ayurvedic management of mukhadushika?

A: Yes, there are case reports and studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of Ayurvedic management in treating mukhadushika. These reports often highlight individualized treatment protocols and successful outcomes.

Q: What is the role of Panchakarma in the Ayurvedic management of mukhadushika?

A: Panchakarma, which includes procedures for purification and detoxification, plays a significant role in the Ayurvedic management of mukhadushika by eliminating toxins and restoring balance in the body.

Q: Is there a specific treatment protocol recommended for managing mukhadushika in Ayurveda?

A: Ayurveda offers personalized treatment protocols for managing mukhadushika based on the individual's dosha imbalance, severity of symptoms, and other contributing factors such as diet and lifestyle.


Which dosha is responsible for acne?

Pittha dosha is responsible for acne

Is acne vulgaris serious?

If its treated in right stages ,its not serious .If not treated it may lead to scar

How long does acne vulgaris last?

It takes few days to week to clear with the symptoms

What is the main cause of acne vulgaris?

Irregular diet ,life style  ,pollution and hormonal changes leads to acne

Can acne vulgaris be cured permanently?

Yes it can be provided you follow a healthy diet and life style plans

Is acne vulgaris rare?

Its common skin disorder that affects people of all ages especially young adults

Which dosha causes skin problems?

Pittha dosha is responsible for skin ailments

How to balance Pitta dosha for acne?

Keep and eye on what you eat and be aware on your life style

Which Ayurvedic medicine is best for tongue ulcers?

You can use triphala choornam for gargling for any kind of oral and tongue ulcers

Which Ayurvedic medicine is best for Stomatitis?

You can use all pittha  hara kashayams like thriphala kashayam ,drakshadi kashayam ,guduchyadi kashayam etc

Which Ayurvedic medicine is best for throat ulcers?

You can use all pittha  hara kashayams like thriphala kashayam ,drakshadi kashayam ,guduchyadi kashayam,yastyadi kashayam  etc





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