Home Remedies for Acne & Pimples

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Home Remedies for Acne & Pimples

Its name itself is a reflection of when and how it arises. Acne in Sanskrit is called “Yauvan Pidika” i.e., a rather painful condition suffered during youth. These days with everything changing, the ‘Yauvan Pidika’ now affects even adults later in life!

Hi, this is your favourite Ayurveda Doctor Dr (Mrs) Madhura Bhide of Recova Life and I shall today dwell upon Acne and pimples, what causes it and how one can find remedies in home recipes!

It’s caused when our three good friends, the three doshas i.e. vata, pitta, and kapha fine themselves out of sync in the body. “Vata” in imbalance causes indigestion and the accumulation of “ama” ie toxins.  “Pitta” in imbalance, causes heat build-up and contaminates just under the skin. “Kapha” in imbalance results in excess production of sebum and its resultant clogging of the skin pores. What then it results in is the skin getting bumps we call Pimples which if not treated effectively and on time, results in their getting ruptured and appears as acne.

Being a non-life threatening conditions, these can just as easily be treated at home with the following ingredients and remedies.

Indian Gooseberry (Amla) & Fennel seeds (saunf)
Cut up 3-4 Indian gooseberries and put them in a food-processor/ grinder. Add a teaspoon of fennel seeds.  Grind them till they are a paste and then dry the paste till it attains a powdery form.

Take a teaspoon of this power with warm water twice a day in the morning and evening.

What causes the relief? Amla cleans the impurities, the “ama” which forms just under the skin. It also fights off the bacteria which feeds on the open sores caused.

Neem Leaves + Rose Water
Boil half-a-dozen stems (of course with the leaves!) in water and run it thru a food processor/ grinder till it becomes a thick paste. Add rose water to the paste and then apply the paste to the face. Leave it to dry and rinse it. Repeat 3-4 times every week.

What causes the relief: The antibacterial properties of Neem which helps restore healthy pH balance of the skin besides reducing the skin’s oiliness and helps rejuvenate acne affected areas.

Bottle Gourd + salt
Make chunks of the bottle-gourd after taking off its skin. Pass the chunks through a grinder to get a paste. Add water and salt to the paste and make it a thick broth.

Drink the thick broth once a day.

What causes the relief: One of the reasons for the heat coming from the “ama” under the skin in acne is due to improper bowel evacuation. Bottle-gourd being a good laxative, helps bowel movement and aids in digestion besides cooling the digestive system

Paste of Basil leaves and Turmeric powder
Basil leaves numbering around 2 dozen and turmeric (powder or whole) be ground to a paste in a grinder.

Store the same and half-hour before meals consume half a teaspoon with water. Do it before every big meal i.e., breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What causes the relief: Basil is a known antioxidant and is also known to take care of the toxins which the “ama” produces. Turmeric is a known anti-infection and anti-inflammation agent and takes care that acne does not spread or causes swelling on the face.

Lemon and RO water/ distilled water
Squeeze juice of two lemons into a cup and dilute the same with 2 teaspoons of distilled water. Use cotton balls to apply the same to the face and leave the same overnight. Rinse it with normal water the next morning.

Try doing this for extended periods of time whenever necessary.

What causes the relief: Lemon’s citric acid! It simply kills the bacteria and acts as an excellent antiseptic.

Paste of papaya and sandalwood powder/ paste
Mash half of a fully-ripe papaya and add to it 1 tablespoon of sandalwood paste/ powder. Add some water and keep mashing/ grinding till you get a smooth, lump-free paste.

Apply the same like a face-mask and retain it for half-hour. Rinse with clean water and dry the face with a clean cloth.

This process of applying the face mask needs to be done 3 to 4 times a week.

What causes the relief: Papaya is a known anti-inflammatory agent. Sandalwood paste is known to cool the skin. Put together in a mask, it helps clear the skin and pores and reduces any likely swelling due to pimples and acne

Besides the above recipes, I would like to add a few tips where my young (remember acne affect mostly the youth!) readers want to get over acne and look their prettiest best

  • Eat wholesome, nutritious fibre-rich meals instead of the school/ college canteen fares!
  • Sleep for six to eight hours. Texting and talking over the phone can happen later!
  • Drink water 6 to 8 glassfuls every day. Colas and packaged juices never equate to water!
  • Go to the great outdoors to exercise and flush out the toxins with your sweat!


Do the above and Pimples and Acne shall never, ever come close to you. Stay happy, stay fit, stay blessed!

At RecovaLife, we treat a lot more than pimples and acne, and would like to know more about you and what you would like us to help you with.

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Disclaimer :

This article is meant solely to provide information about remedies under Ayurveda and is not meant to be used for diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.
Where the reader or any other person has chronic and/or dire health issues, it is advisable to consult a trained and certified medical practitioner for a complete and comprehensive diagnosis which can address the underlying issues effectively.
Recova Life and its constituents are also certified medical practitioners who can be consulted. Our numbers are +91 83800-16119 and Email ID atul@recovalife.com
With respect to the consumption of any herbs, fruits, vegetables and the likes mentioned here, it would be advisable where you consult a certified medical practitioner for his/her opinion before-hand.

Madhura Bhide
1 Comment
  • atul
    Posted at 10:11h, 25 October Reply

    good article. keep it up

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