Inflamed Pitta Pimples: What is Your Acne Saying About Your Health?

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 As an esthetician, Ayurvedic face mapping has been an incredible help in understanding the root cause of acne.  Face mapping is the concept that different parts of our face indicate different things about our internal health.  In eastern medicine this is a common concept, as different schools of healing use the external body to diagnose what is happening inside of our bodies and the areas and points on the surface of our skin are used therapeutically.  Chinese medicine and Ayurveda manipulates, massages and even punctures (acupuncture) to treat our internal organs.  In beauty, the most important use of these concepts is face mapping – the different parts of our complexion are related to different doshas and organs, so when we break out in these areas it indicates what is out of balance.

Pitta Pimples

Now, I have blogged about forehead breakouts and chin/ jawline blemishes – but what do pimples in the central section of our faces tell us?  The central area: the cheeks and nose are governed by the Pitta dosha, known in Ayurveda as the fire element.  This dosha is responsible for all inflammation within our bodies.  So, it is no surprise that according to Ayurvedic medicine, breakouts in the Pitta part of our faces display internal inflammation.

The type of breakouts in this area also tend to be red, angry and inflamed.  This is important to understand because many of us attempt to combat this acne by using anti-bacterial and drying products.  Unfortunately, this approach is usually irritating and sensitizing, causing more inflammation and worsening our acne.  Instead, we must hydrate, soothe, heal and protect our skin.  When we calm inflammation with cooling skincare that guards against aggravation, our pimples will become less red, as well as prevent new blemishes from forming.  So, incorporating anti-inflammatory ingredients into our regime such as aloe vera, calendula, chamomile and jojoba oil are much more effective than peroxides, peels and alcohols.

Pacifying Pitta to Clear Acne

Internally, Pitta is related to the liver and the blood system.  Ayurveda explains that our blood feeds our skin, so Pitta breakouts demonstrate heat and toxins in the blood.  Doing a blood cleanse is an excellent way to clear the complexion of these types of blemishes.  An overworked, congested liver is another reason for Pitta acne, and this organ is known in eastern medicine to “hold heat”.  It is actually said that those of us with dysfunctional livers are prone to aggravation and irritable moods.  Most often if the blood is saddled with heat, the liver also is retaining excess Pitta energy (heat/ fire).  Herbs that cleanse the blood and liver are often the same: dandelion, milk thistle, neem and turmeric.  They all reduce inflammation in the body, and this will translate into decreasing inflamed breakouts.

2013-05-06T21:53:55-04:00 By |Acne, Ayurveda|9 Comments

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  1. Joseph Rodgers February 29, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Since time immemorial, humans have suffered from the outrage of acne. Acne troubles them in many forms. Some people get mild outburst on their body. But many a times the spread could be colossal as well.Banish your blemishes.Reveal the clear skin that you have underneath your acne, and feel and look fantastic.

    • Acne Treatment June 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      I am not expert, but I think you just made the best point. You obviously know what you are talking about, and I can really get behind that. Thanks for being so upfront and so honest.For further learning please visit Acne

  2. kedumetse November 20, 2013 at 8:55 am - Reply

    I ahve oily skin and its irritating me more that i have breakouts everyday when i wake up in the morning i find something on my chin and chick

  3. Yuvan April 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Some tips that worked for me:
    Leave out diary ( aggravates inflammation)
    Cut out excess oil, salt and sugar (cane sugar)
    Dry brushing ( it stimulates the lymphatic system – responsible for removing toxins)

    • kristen May 7, 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Thank you for your tips! They’re great Yuvan.

  4. Natalie Montoya May 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    What other foods besides dairy should I avoid for pitta inflammation? I recently started drinking homemade ginger tea every morning because I read it helps with liver stagnation

    • kristen May 15, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

      All hot spices such as chilies, cayenne, hot peppers and garlic. Also, highly acidic foods and high fat meats

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