17 authentic Ayurvedic remedies for acne that actually work- Buddhica

You have acne and have tried many remedies—cosmetic products or expensive treatments. But the pimples refuse to go.

Some chemical products or treatments seem to be making it worse. The worst part is—you don’t understand why it’s happening and why won’t it go away.

You are now convinced that it’s not the acne that needs fixing. You need to fix this from the inside.ayurvedic remedies for acne

What you need is a holistic treatment that brings back the balance of your body. Natural healing that gives you the beautiful and healthy skin you once had.

What you need is the help of the traditional medical science of Ayurveda.

Now Ayurveda is complex, especially if you are not a native practitioner. There is a ton of research and it’s difficult to narrow it down to “a list of top Ayurvedic remedies for acne”.

But it’s not impossible. So I did the hard work for you. Because I have been where you are right now. Using deeply researched Ayurvedic remedies, I was able to cure acne and get rid off the scars too.

To make it easy for you, I have compiled this exhaustive list of 17 authentic Ayurvedic remedies for acne.

Each one of these is healthy, natural, and recommended by Ayurveda. You will start to see results even if you manage to follow a few of these.

We know this to be true because most chemical treatments target acne symptoms. But, Ayurveda heals the root causes—poor diet, weakened digestive system, and toxic food combinations.

Let’s get started.

Ayurvedic remedies for acne

Ayurveda uses food and plants as medicine. If you eat well, you will likely have a glowing skin. But when your diet and sleep cycle is disturbed, your body will store a lot of toxins.

These toxins lead to the formation of acne, pimples and other skin conditions. Ayurveda recommends detoxifying your body and mind in order to treat your acne.

Here are some ayurvedic remedies for acne that work wonders.

Oral ayurvedic remedies for acne (Choose one or two)

1. Drink Aloe vera juice first thing in the morning

Aloe vera juice is a wonderful ingredient to add if you want to improve your health. It is a great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory source to boost your immunity.
 
You can take it every day on an empty stomach in the morning.
 
The enzyme Aloin in this juice is a great laxative for people suffering from constipation or IBS.
 
It cleanses your intestines and the development of toxins halt. This reduces acne and inflammation.
 
Aloe vera juice is alkaline in nature and reduces the acid levels in your digestive system. Pitta or acid in your body is one of the main causative factors of acne in Ayurveda.

2. Start your day with a blood purifier

Another traditional remedy is to purify your blood. Your blood and fats carry the toxins generated in your digestive system.

Treating acne caused by these toxins is difficult with antibiotics and topicals.

A good blood purifier like Neem and Moringa detox drink removes toxins from the blood. This improves your skin tone and helps you get rid of your acne too.

While there are so many advantages of it, there’s a downside as well, it’s taste. No one likes the astringent and bitter taste of blood purifiers.

The herbs used in these purifiers are responsible for the taste. If you can ignore the taste, the befits are immense.

3. Drink bitter gourd juice an empty stomach

The bitter it is the better. Drinking bitter gourd juice every morning on an empty stomach can help with a lot of problems.

The astringent and bitter properties enhance immunity and serve as an antibiotic, thereby killing germs inside the body. It is especially beneficial for fungal infections on the skin or inside your body.

The bitters and alkaloids in the juice make for great blood purifiers, thereby removing the toxins effectively.

Applying a paste of bitter gourd on your face is one of the best ayurvedic remedies for acne. It will lower the inflammation quickly and reduce scars and blemishes

4. Chew neem leaves on an empty stomach

Baby neem leaves are a powerhouse of nutrients. They purify the blood and promote immunity if eaten every day on an empty stomach.

It will improve your oral health too. The strong antibacterial and antifungal properties remove toxins from your blood. This promotes glowing and acne-free skin.

But if the taste bothers you, chew the leaves with a teaspoon of honey.

A paste of neem leaves is also an effective remedy for acne. When applied topically it fights against the acne-causing bacteria.

1 teaspoon fuller’s earth
1/2 teaspoon honey

Apply for 15 mins and wash with lukewarm water.

5. Drink Gooseberry juice on an empty stomach

Gooseberry is a green colored berry with immense antioxidants packed in small fruit. Drinking the juice of gooseberry diluted with water boosts vitamin C levels.
This promotes defense against free radicals. It is also a rich source of iron and will keep a check on your hemoglobin levels

6. Drink Fennel tea once or twice a day

Your stomach and digestive system need internal cooling if you suffer from acne. Fennel being alkaline in nature reduces heat in the body.

Fennel protects from the oxidation of cells. It is rich in antioxidants and promotes the development of new cells. This reduces scarring and signs of aging.

You can also use fennel topically to soothe the inflamed skin

A paste of,

1 teaspoon fennel powder(ground fennel seeds),
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon fuller’s earth

Keep it on for 15 mins. You will notice an immediate reduction in inflammation.

7. Ginger lemon drink after your meals

Ginger is a very good digestive and acidity regulator. Mix it with lemon and honey to enhance the properties.

warm detox drinks ginger lemon honey

t contains over 40 antioxidants which fight with free radicals and reduces aging.

But, do not overdo it. Excess of ginger in your diet can cause severe acidity. One to two cups of ginger along with lemon and honey is enough for the body.

Or, you can add a small( ½ inch) piece of grated ginger for making your tea.

Topical ayurvedic remedies for acne

7. Neem bark on face

Another effective and often ignored remedy is the bark of the neem tree. A paste made of neem bark is extremely beneficial in removing acne and boils.
And the best part, it helps in removing scarring too. To some people, the fresh leaves are not available.
The dried bark is a great replacement then. If you are thinking about a serious detox, drink a teaspoon of the powder with water. Dried neem bark powder is very easily available online.

8. Turmeric on face

Turmeric, also known as curcumin is a yellow colored herb used for cooking as well as for medicinal uses. Turmeric is a great antiseptic and sucks out the toxins from your skin.
Take a few precautions while applying turmeric on your skin though. A pinch of turmeric is enough for your entire face.
If you go beyond that, chances are either you will burn your skin or turn it yellow.
Mix a pinch of turmeric can be with honey and apply on the affected area.
 

ayurvedic remedies for acne turmeric

The most beneficial mask, 1 teaspoon of fuller’s earth
1 teaspoon honey
A pinch of turmeric
 
This reduces acne in 10 days of regular use.
Do not use any soap on your face while using turmeric. It causes darkening of the skin.

9. Honey on face

Honey is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It can be used both orally and topically to reduce acne.
But, don’t put honey in boiling water. It makes it toxic.
 
Honey hydrates dry acne-prone skin and reduces inflammation and redness.
Mixing honey with neem, fuller’s earth or turmeric increases its efficiency.
 
Instead of a daily soap-based cleanser, wash your face with honey. This will give you a soft, hydrated and glowing skin.

11. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is a rare plant now and a pretty expensive one too. But if you can get a hold of a few sticks then nothing like it.

It smells amazing and is very soothing and cooling. The cooling properties are beneficial for acne and a lot of other skin disorders.

It is very potent against acne-causing bacteria and removes scarring and blemishes too.
To make a face mask, I would recommend going old school.
 
A stick rubbed on a stone along with some water gives you a very nice and soft paste.
Mix this with fuller’s earth and some rose water and leave on the face for 15-20 minutes for amazing results.

12. Fullers earth

Fuller’s earth is a gorgeous looking clay and is easily available across the world. It is probably the most inexpensive remedy for acne.
This powerful clay holds beneficial minerals to help fight against acne-causing bacteria. It also absorbs excess oil, toxins, and heat from your skin.
Mix it with any herb like turmeric, aloe vera, sandalwood, coriander, neem, etc. to prepare to mask.
It allows the skin to absorb the beneficial juices from these herbs. The absorbed juices speed up healing and provide vitamins and minerals to the skin.
Make a paste of,
 
1 tablespoon fuller’s earth
1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
 
Rub it on your abdomen and allow to dry. In Ayurveda, this is used to release excess heat from your digestive system.

13. Mint and coriander

Mint has a high proportion of salicylic acid and antioxidants. These are known to treat acne and blemishes.
A lot of acne cleansers contain salicylic acid too.
Mint and coriander can be mixed together as a paste along with fuller’s earth to create an effective face mask. This also acts as a wonderful scrub to get rid of the dead skin.
The anti-oxidants leaves your face feeling fresh and tight instantly. Coriander too is rich in antioxidants and vitamin c. This gives your face a hydrated and glowing appearance instantly.
You can also make some detox water with a few mint and coriander leaves and sip it throughout the day. It allows for better digestion and keeps the digestive system alkaline.

14. Rosewater

Rosewater is a beauty powerhouse but we undermine it because of its simplicity.
Rosewater has high levels of antioxidants, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. This soothes the skin and calms down irritation and rashes.

Ayurvedic remedies for acne rose water

The powerful ingredients help in unclogging the pores and removes dirt. This prevents the formation of further acne.
Use it every day on your face like a toner and as a mist to rehydrate your face. Put it in face masks instead of tap water for better results.

15. Cinnamon and nutmeg

Cinnamon and nutmeg are known for their powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. Cinnamon, should be used in a very small quantity to avoid skin burning.

A pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg when mixed with honey, becomes a wonderful face pack to treat acne and scars.

If you only have scars, rub this mask to exfoliate the dead skin off. This will change your skin forever.

16. Kumkumadi facial oil

Kumkumadi oil is a blend of a lot of herbs and oils. It is made after following a tedious process. The effects are amazing.

I have used this Kumkumadi oil for over two years now and my skin is completely transformed.

The oil contains exotic lotus flowers and saffron flowers. These are mixed with rose water and rich oils later. This is a miracle facial oil.

It helps in removing acne, scars, hyperpigmentation, tan and also works as a sunscreen too. Massage your face with 2-3 drops of this oil every night. You will wake up with glowing, gorgeous skin.

Breathing Exercises

17. Pranayama

It the only remedy that’s free and most effective of all.  Pranayama or breathing exercises should be done daily in the morning.
It can give you instant relief from stress and take your body out from the fight and flight response.
It can help you clear out your face without any artificial lotions and potions. It also helps in balancing the hormones.
This will make you glow from the inside. Pranayama plus a few ayurvedic remedies for acne given above can work wonders to your skin.

Say bye-bye to acne forever with Ayurveda

I hope this gives you a lot of perspective about using herbs to heal acne in Ayurveda.
There are tons of other ayurvedic remedies for acne too. But these are the simplest, easily accessible and highly effective ones.
Along with the remedies, a good diet sans junk is very effective for treating acne. Make a diary of what you eat and write down the triggers for your acne.
Using this method I  found mushrooms to be the trigger for mine. Now I practice regular detox. I have started eating mushrooms again without any complications.

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