Ayurveda, the ancient science of life, contains a wealth of information about skin care. In this article, we discuss common skincare treatments and how they can be treated with Ayurveda.
According to Ayurveda, the main causes of diseases include the intake of food that is incompatible with the body’s nutrition requirements, withholding of the natural urges of the body, improperly carried out ‘Panchakarma’ procedures and intake of cold liquid immediately after heavy physical activity.
विरुद्ध अद्यशन असात्म्यवेगविघातै स्नेहादीनां च यथारम्भै पापक्रिया पुराकृत कर्मयोगञ्च त्वक्दोष भवन्ति
People are most concerned about their beauty and skin health. As skin is the most exposed part of the body, it is susceptible to the damage caused by the lifestyle factors, harsh sunlight and pollution. These factors result in dark spots, pigmentation, pimples, cracked skin and premature aging of the skin. Once a person is affected with any skin disease, it takes comparatively longer to completely cure it unless the aggravating factors are appropriately dealt with.
One of the common myths about Ayurveda is that it takes a long time to act against skin diseases. Generally, patients adopt Ayurvedic medicines after being exposed to medicines of other systems, thereby prolonging the duration of the disease and exposing the body to the ill-effects of other medicines. One can have maximum benefit from Ayurvedic medicines if they are administered from the early stages of the ailment.
Plant-based formulations are gaining popularity because of several advantages such as having no side-effects, being relatively less expensive and acceptable due to a long history of use. Besides, herbal medicines can offer relief from some of the diseases which might be considered ‘incurable’ as per other systems of medicine. For these reasons, several plants have been researched upon and have proven to be beneficial for treatment of skin diseases ranging from skin marks to itching to skin cancer.
तत्र त्वक्दोषी मांसवसा दुग्धदधि तैलकुलत्था माषा इक्षु अम्ल विरुद्धान्न अध्यशन च परिहरेत्
A person suffering from any type of skin disease should not consume meat, milk products, fried foods, horse gram, black gram, sugarcane products, sour food and incompatible foods till he/she is completely cured.
Ayurveda broadly suggest two types of treatment protocols i.e. ‘Shodhana’ and ‘Shamana’.
‘Shodhana’ refers to Panchakarma procedures and blood-letting done under the guidance of an expert physician. More than 40 herbs are known to be effective against various types of skin diseases.
‘Shamana’ refers to intake of different types of medicine like tablets, decoctions or external application of medicines like creams, ointments, paste of fresh herbs etc.
Some of the common herbs used against skin diseases are Neem, Turmeric, Sandalwood, Manjishta, Saffron, Cucumber, Tender Coconut Water, Water Lily, Carrot, Marigold, Aloe Vera.
The active ingredients present in these herbs help in removing the toxins from the skin, regulate the melanin content, give proper texture to the skin and protect the skin from premature aging. When compared with chemical-based skin formulations, the herbal or natural ingredients may appear to take longer to show results because they act on the root cause of the problem to provide permanent relief. Also, they do not have side-effects and are safe for regular use.
Herbal ingredients have great potential to cure different kinds of skin diseases. More than 80% of people in India depend on traditional health care and use different plant-based products for curing skin-related problems. Compared with the other system of medicine, they are relatively inexpensive and can be of great benefit to the population of India in general. Herbs are a rich source of active ingredients and can provide safer and cost-effective treatment for skin diseases ranging from rashes to dreadful skin cancer.
Bajaj Nomarks cream is a popular Ayurvedic formulation available in the market which can be used by you to keep your skin healthy, prevent pimples and marks and give you that naturally glowing skin.