Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and what happens on the outside reflects what is happening on the inside. While people often seek to address skin issues with external remedies, Ayurveda suggests healing them from the inside out.
By understanding the doshic imbalances behind common skin issues, you can make changes to bring whole-body health. Addressing the underlying imbalance will bring a calmer mind, healthy digestion and an improved relationship with the God of your heart. You certainly can’t get that from a prescription cream!
Here’s a look at three common skin ailments, their root causes and ways to bring your skin to its natural state of health.
This skin disorder is most common with excess pitta dosha, but it can also be related to vata or kapha. The difference is in how it appears on the skin. Pitta, made up in part of the fire element, causes red, inflamed and often bleeding eczema. Vata, related to the air and ethers elements, causes dry, scaly, itchy eczema. The earth and water elements that make up kapha cause oozing and damp eczema.
The most common type of eczema is pitta in nature. It is often accompanied with other signs of pitta imbalance, such as impatience, anger and diarrhea.
To heal pitta-type eczema, focus on cooling your body by reducing your intake of the fire element:
Acne is mainly caused by poor digestion. The inflammatory type of acne comes from pitta, while clogged skin is a sign of the heavy and slow nature of kapha. No matter how you experience it, balancing agni is key to healing acne. Here are a few tips:
Vata dosha’s dry, light properties are at the root of dry skin. But healing is not just a matter of applying lotion; you must address the lack of internal lubrication that is signaled by lack of external lubrication. Here’s how: