Skin Pigmentation Ayurvedic remedies
Skin pigmentation disorder is irregular skin coloring which can be caused by changes in melanin, the colouring pigment in the skin; vascular changes, skin injury (including acne) or growth of foreign organisms on the skin. It is seen as dark patches on the skin leading to a blotchy appearance and when it is on the face, it can make the person self conscious. This can diminish the person’s self-confidence and can affect their day to day life.
Hyper Pigmentation on Skin – the Ayurvedic viewpoint
Responsible Dosha : Bhrajak Pitta
According to Ayurveda there are three Functional intelligences (or biological forces) responsible for all the physiological and psychological processes in the body. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas. Pitta Dosha is associated with the “Fire mahabhoota (element)”.
There are five types of Pitta doshas and each one responsible for a specific physiological process. One of them is Bhrajak pitta, which is present in the skin tissue, giving it color, lustre and aura. It maintains body temperature by throwing off excess heat through sweating. It allows ointments, oils and other skin preparations to penetrate the deeper skin layers so they can effectively reach the site where they are required.
Environmental factors, life style and dietary habits aggravate Pitta dosha which can lead to skin related problems like pigmentation, rashes and redness. Ayurveda recommends the maintenance of a strong digestive system to keep the doshas in balance.
Recommended Ayurvedic Routine to reduce pigmentation :
1. Herbs such as Manjistha and Triphala are very useful. Take Ghana based Triphala tablets like the Herbal Mystique Detox Supplement twice daily with warm water. This is a tridosha balancer and will help pacify the Bhrajaka Pitta responsible for the health of the skin. An unbalanced Bhrajak Pitta would reduce the efficacy of all other external applications drastically.
2. Use herbal exfoliating Scrub twice a week
3. Massage the skin daily for 5 minutes with a Facial massage oil containing Manjistha and Saffron. Saffron has been proven to reduce pigmentation and improve complexion.
4. Use Nourishing Mask containing Manjistha and Chandan twice a week
5. Use a herbal Toner followed by a 100% natural moisturizer such as the Mature Skin Moisturizer.
6. Do an Ayurvedic detox to pacify Pitta Dosha (consult your Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach to know more)
7. Drink Pitta reducing Tea during the day – coarse grind equal quantities of Cummin, Fennel, Coriander seeds, Licorice and half the quantity of cardamom. Boil 2 tbsp of this mixture in 2 cups water for 10 min. You can also buy the ready to use Herbal Mystique Pitta Pacifying Tea.
8. Practice Yoga and Pranayama especially Anulom Vilom and Kapalbhati
9. Follow a Pitta pacifying diet
10. Reduce exposure to the sun and always use a sun-screen before exposing skin to sunlight.
Good for you :
– Whole Grains, green split mung dal
– Sweet, bitter and astringent tastes
– Lots of fresh air
– Remain calm and serene – practice meditation at least for 30 minutes every day
– Cooling spices such as cumin, coriander, saffron, dill, mint and parsley
Avoid or in Moderation :
– Salty, sour and pungent tastes (moderation)
– Garlic, spicy foods, tomatoes, chilies, raw onions, highly salted foods
– Alcohol and drugs
– Frustrating and highly competitive activities
– Repressing your feelings
– Red meat and salted fish
– Excess heat, reduce sun exposure
– Hard cheeses, sour cream, buttermilk and yogurt in moderation
Home Remedies :
1. Mix few drops of lime juice to milk or curd and apply on the face 2 times a day
2. Apply castor oil one hour before bath and wash your face with mild face wash .
3. Apply raw papaya juice, mashed papaya or Aloe Vera juice when ever you get time during the day time
4. Grind five almonds and mix with 1 teaspoon of fresh cream and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this paste to the face and neck. Leave on for about fifteen minutes.
5. Grind equal amounts of sesame seeds and turmeric in a small quantity of Water. Apply to the face or discolored skin.
6. Make a paste from basil (tulsi) leaves and water to use on the affected skin.