Is clear, healthy skin a dream for your teen? Worry no more! Ayurveda has the solution to acne-free, radiant skin. Read on to know more
Teenage is a roller coaster for both children and parents alike new academics, social challenges, hormonal and emotional changes, and whatnot. Teenage is also the time when hormonal changes can result in breakouts on the skin. Acne and pimples can cause damage to the skin and pull down your teen's self-esteem. While there are many products available in supermarkets that promise clear skin within days of usage, not all of them actually keep up the promise. So how can your teen get clear skin the safe way? Read on to know.
When teens hit puberty, there is an increase in the production of hormones called androgens. These hormones cause oil glands in the skin to become overactive, thereby producing more sebum or oil. When there is too much oil produced, the pores and hair follicles in the skin get blocked by skin cells. When blocked pores get infected with bacteria, they get inflamed, and pimples form on the face. If the pore closes and then bulges, they become whiteheads. When the clogged pores remain open on the surface of the skin, they turn into blackheads due to oxidation when exposed to air. Whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts are all forms of acne.
Genetics also matters in some cases, and your teen may develop acne if you had them in your teen years. Stress is also believed to cause increased oil production beneath the skin, thereby causing acne. So now you know how your teen got a breakout before a big day.
Ayurvedic medicine is known to have originated in India more than five decades ago. It believes in the balance of mind, body, and consciousness. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that aggravation of pitta dosha, the energy which controls digestion, metabolism, and hormones, is the root cause of acne. They suggest that eating too much sour or spicy foods or spending too much time in the sun can disrupt the balance maintained by this energy. Here are a few Ayurvedic remedies that can help treat acne.
Amla is loaded with vitamin C, which is a natural antioxidant and protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals. Include a glass of amla juice in your child's daily diet to prevent acne.
Tulsi leaves are known for their healing properties. Crush a few leaves and apply the juice on the face. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off.
The enzymes, papain, and chymopapain found in papaya decrease inflammation, and are found in many exfoliating products. They help reduce acne by removing the dead skin cells which clog pores. Apart from including papaya in your teen's diet, try applying a paste of papaya and water (or rose water) and leave the mask on for 20 minutes before washing it off, for clear skin.
Honey is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in reducing the redness and swelling that comes with acne. Apply pure honey on a clean face and wash off after 20 minutes.
You can also try the Medimix Ayurvedic Oil Clear Face Wash, which contains honey and besan, to maintain and balance the oil production in the skin.
Take equal parts of cumin, coriander, and fennel, boil in water and drink it as herbal tea. It cools down the body and keeps toxins at bay.
Anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory neem leaves tick all the boxes. It balances the skin's oil production, which helps in controlling acne and pimples. Apply a paste of neem and rose water on the skin, let it dry and wash off.
Try Medimix Ayurvedic Anti-Pimple face pack, which is a unique blend of neem, cinnamon and multani mitti. Cinnamon fights acne-causing bacteria, and multani mitti deep cleanses the skin by removing dirt and impurities, giving you clear skin with regular use.
Choose a cleanser depending on the type of skin and cleanse the face once or twice a day. If your teen has oily skin, choose a gel or foam cleanser for them.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells. Use a gentle scrub to exfoliate. Do not scrub harshly. Use gentle, circular movements to cover the whole face. Try the Medimix Ayurvedic Everyday Scrub with the goodness of aloe vera and lemon, for clear, radiant skin.
Sleeping with makeup on is an absolute no. Always urge your teen to wash off any makeup before bed.
One way to ensure clear skin is by protecting it from dirt and germs. Ask your teen to wash hands thoroughly before washing her face or touching up makeup. Avoid touching the face frequently.
Use gentle products on your skin, be it a face wash, moisturizer or sunscreen. Opt for gel-based products to make your teen's skin grease-free.
Using sunscreen regularly can prevent dark patches and blemishes, not just now, but for years to come. It also prevents acne breakouts from turning dark. You can also add the Medimix Anti-Tan face wash to your skin regime. It contains extracts of licorice, aloe vera, wood apple, and Tanaka (a herb from Myanmar), which cleanse the skin and lighten blemishes.
Consulting a dermatologist for acne breakouts can be very useful, especially if your teen has painful pimples. Acne medications and prescribed cleansers are effective and are targeted for each skin type.
Make sure your teen is well-hydrated and stress-free to sport healthy, clear skin. Let your teen enjoy her teen years with radiant skin and brimming confidence.