Ayurveda and Hyperpigmentation
Dr. Mini Nair
Koramangala, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
It is a condition that results in too much skin pigment, called melanin, in certain areas of your skin. It can be the result of previous inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne. It is caused because of an imbalance in the layers of skin. There are several water therapies that can help get rid of toxins in the body, called ama, which can contribute to hyperpigmentation or an undesired mottling of the complexion.
Usnodaka is an Ayurvedic practice defined as drinking water that is been boiled. The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians suggests drinking between 6 and 8 cups of boiled water daily. Boiling water helps stimulate digestive fire and helps your body expel toxins that harm your skin and lead to hyperpigmentation.
Aushadhi is an Ayurvedic practice which combines usnodaka with herbal preparations. The herbs vary depending on body type, or dosha. Pitta dosha is the most common that causes skin problems and possible hyperpigmentation as a result of acne or rashes. People with pitta constitution can consider adding small pinches of Indian sarsaparilla, cumin, fennel seeds, coriander and licorice to their boiled water to draw out toxins that compromise skin pigmentation. The herbs can also be used in bath water to create an aromatic steam bath, also effective in releasing ama that can be causing redness and too much melanin.
Some lifestyle changes are recommended to pacify Pitta dosha for long-term relief:
- Add juicy fruits like melons, plums, and peaches to your diet.
- Drink plenty of fresh water, coconut water, and juices to help the body flush out toxins.
- Avoid exposure to the sun.
- Exfoliation helps removes dark spots from the skin. Thrice a week, exfoliate your skin.
- Don’t smoke as it increases the free-radical content and adds to the pigmentation.