Is an Unbalanced Pitta Dosha Causing Your Sensitive Skin?
As we discussed previously, Ayurvedic medicine teaches that our body is ruled by 3 energies, or doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Each dosha is specific to different skin and hair types, thus an imbalance in the doshas is easily visible on our skin and hair. Let’s learn about Pitta and what tips we can use to tame our internal fire so that it doesn’t hurt our skin.
Pitta represents fire and water. Being responsible for your body’s metabolism, Pitta dosha’s main task is to keep our digestive system in order. Pitta skin tends to be sensitive but oily, often characterized by acne, skin inflammations and freckles. Pitta skin also tends to overheat, causing skin irritation.
If the above symptoms describe your skin, it is highly likely that you are governed by the Pitta dosha and you need to start balancing it.
How to take care of the Pitta dosha?
Ayurvedic skin care philosophy is based on a simple three step process: cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing. Our skin behaves differently depending on climate and seasonal changes. Summer is an especially important season for Pitta skin types. Also don’t discount the important role played by your diet. Let’s take a closer look.
Almonds are great source of vitamin E, thus they moisturize and don’t dry out your skin during cleansing. This makes them an ideal ingredient for use on Pitta skin.
To make a cleansing paste you need
- 1 tbs of ground almonds
- ½ tbs of orange skin powder and
- ½ spoon of milk
Mix all the ingredients with rose water to form a thick paste. Rose water gives a cooling effect which is exactly what the Pitta dosha needs. Gently massage this paste onto your face and rinse with warm water. Be gentle in your massage, as we don’t want to cause skin irritation. If your skin is really sensitive, cleanse your skin using only natural yogurt in the morning. Leave the almond based cleanser for your night-time routine.
For deeper cleansing of sensitive Pitta skin, use face masks based on turmeric, sandalwood, chickpea flour, yogurt and milk twice a week. Consider adding Neem leaves in case of skin breakout. Neem has anti-bacterial properties and does not irritate the skin.
You could also use fruits to make a DIY face mask. Banana and pineapple mixed with natural yogurt and applied to the face and neck will clean and nourish your skin.
Nourishing and Healing
A mixture of sandalwood and Rose works very well for healing small wounds and rashes. Try mixing the following solution at home to care for your damaged skin:
- Take 2 tbs of almond oil as a base.
- Add 10 drops each of rose oil and sandalwood oil and keep this mixture aside in a separate bottle.
Add 4 drops of this mixture to 3-4 drops of water and pat it on your skin.
A cream based on either shea or cocoa butter works best to moisturize Pitta skin. To prepare a cream at home, simply warm up the butter and add sunflower oil to it. Sunflower oil does not clog pores and is ideal for oily skin. If you are prone to acne or rashes, consider adding a couple odrops of sandalwood oil into this creamy mix. Gently apply the cream on your face and use it as many times as needed during the day.
Pitta dosha diet
Skin care needs attention not just from the outside but from within as well. Your diet defines the long-term health of your skin. Pitta represents fire, so we need to cool it down by properly choosing the ingredients in our meals. Opt for seasonal fruits, salads and vegetables. Add a bit of turmeric or licorice to your meals during preparation. Their antibacterial properties will help with digestion. Of course, don’t forget to drink a lot of water!
By incorporating this three step skincare process and Pitta diet into your lifestyle, you are attacking the root cause of your skin issues. It is a process which requires you to be regular, systematic and, above all, patient. Balancing your dosha for better skin is more akin to a marathon rather than a sprint. But trust me, when you start noticing the results, you will see that the hustle and efforts were well worth the investment.
What is your skin type? Have you incorporated Ayurvedic medicine into your routine? Let me know in the comments below