How do you balance the need for an acne product that works hard for you without leaving your skin, red, chapped, flaky and stripped of natural oils?
It is not really a secret but, rather, information that is simply lesser known to the public. Some of the best acne products for sensitive skin have their origins in the ancient practice of Ayurveda. They contain useful ingredients that you will never find in a dermatologists’ office.
Welcome the ancient science of Ayurveda. Now, I do not consider myself an Ayurvedic practitioner by any stretch of the word, however, I do incorporate some of the principles of Ayurveda into Acne Beautiful. I do this because I’ve grown to understand the importance of first becoming familiar with your own constitutional makeup before applying random products in hope that they will work. You will be better equipped to chose products that will work for your skin type by revealing some of the qualities of you constitutional makeup. There are several skin types within the realm of “acne prone” and we help you figure all of that out at Acne Beautiful because even acne comes in variations.
How Curious Are You About Your Skin?
The two most important qualities to cultivate within oneself when working through acne include patience and curiosity. I could name more, but those two will do for now. We could approach skin care and acne from a purely Ayurvedic standpoint and have a rich healthy complexity of information, practices and products at our fingertips. It is a such a rich area of study and it takes into account many elements of the body, making it a holistic practice worth borrowing from. In terms of gaining some clarity about your skin and choosing products, we are going to take one element of Ayurveda with us today.
The dosha quiz! Spend a few minutes of your time to determine your dosha. You will likely have a dominant dosha and a secondary dosha. Check out this link for a brief quiz and have fun with it! Dosha Quiz from Yoga International.
Without diving into each dosha, I will simply tell you what combinations you could hold within you. Once you have that information, you can choose ingredients from Ayurvedic skincare fit for your dosha combination.
So, let’s get dive into some of the most interesting ingredients utilized by Ayurveda to treat acne and maintain a clear glowing complexion. Some of my best acne products for sensitive skin have come from a combination of the following ingredients. Some I have mixed together and made myself and some I have purchased from a reputable Ayurvedic spa in NYC, where I used to live.
Clean with Neem & Anantmool…
I’ve spoken briefly about the benefits of Neem in a previous article (yes, it is one of the best ingredients you can have in your acne products).
Anantmool and neem are something else altogether. These wonder herbs have one quality in particular that is just magical for acne. They are cooling. Acne prone skin is often hot and holds heat. The inflammatory element of acne includes heat. Ever notice that being in a hot humid environment makes your acne feel worse? I always noticed that my acne was worse in the summer and better in the winter. Acne prone skin needs cooling herbs and environments to help lessen the inflammation, redness and general discomfort.
Anantmool and neem are also purifiers. Anantmool, in particular, acts as a blood cleanser. This is perfect for acne prone skin because a blood purifier will help detoxify your system, removing waste before it is excreted through the skin as acne. Finding a product that works both internally and externally is miraculous.
Heal with Calamus, Comfrey & Sandalwood…Oh My!
Calamus root, not to be confused with Calamine lotion, has been used for centuries in other cultures. Calamus
**Please do not use calamine lotion on your acne. However, please DO consider using Calamus.**
Calamus, Comfrey and Sandalwood are a unique combination of soothing ingredients that provide immediate relief to hot inflamed acne. This is the best thing you can reach for when your acne is really acting up. It will quell the heat, reduce inflammation and sooth your skin, making your acne a little less noticeable.
Both calamus and comfrey are excellent wound healers. I think of acne as a wound on the surface of the skin and the only solution at this stage of the pimple’s existence is to heal the skin. Only once the pimple has developed underneath the skin, pushed its way out and the bacteria has subsided, then prevention can begin.
Prevent with Basil and Camphor
Our aim is to prevent further acne after we have cleansed the skin and healed the current blemishes. Basil and Camphor work together to help prevent future breakouts by purifying the skin in order to reduce congestion from sebum, bacteria and environmental toxins. This is the food for your skin. We need to build up the skin’s defense barrier, load it with nutrients and refine the surface of the skin by balancing your dosha.
So, Why Can’t I Find These Ingredients in Most Acne Products?
The herbs that I have spoken about today are traditionally used in eastern medicine, rather than western. We simply have not embraced them yet. The American focus on skin care is still rather rudimentary and include never ending trips to the dermatologist for prescriptions and over the counter junk at popular stores. I am not saying that good products don’t exist on the shelves, but I am saying that there is a world of fabulous ingredients out there that come straight from the Earth and can be utilized for acne treatments because they work. Plain and simple.