for so many years (and even sometimes to this day) I’ve struggled with skin sensitives. From pimples and acne to enlarged pores and rashes, it’s something that has definitely impacted my confidence and self-esteem. I’ve come along way and I put Ayurveda and meditation as my cure.
But rewind to before I discovered Ayurveda, I tried absolutely everything to fix it. From trendy diets to every painful beauty treatment you can possibly imagine. I floated between the department store cosmetic counters and tried many expensive products and still had no luck.
Then I learnt to meditate. It calmed me down, and it also calmed my skin down.
Over time through my daily meditation practice, my awareness around myself began to increase and I began to realise the incompatible, stressful and somewhat yo-yo diet and lifestyle I was living was the root cause of my skin condition.
I learnt through Ayurveda that I was a pitta, and pitta types are prone to inflammation and skin disease, so all of the stress, alcohol and coffee really wasn’t doing me any favours as these all increase pitta.
BUT, I didn’t know. And still so many people don’t know what ‘Ayurveda’ is.
Cut a long story short, cool your pitta, and you cool your skin.
WHAT IS PITTA?
Pitta (fire and water) is principle of heat, digestion and all transformation in the body. Pitta is the acid secretion from the stomach, bile from the liver, and inflammation.
The qualities of pitta are hot (stimulates digestive fire, improves digestion), sharp (promotes absorption and assimilation), oily (supports movement by imparting softness), light/moderate (reduces body bulk) and penetrating.
Physically, pitta-types have a well-developed physique, muscular, strong with a precise and convincing voice. Their skin is soft and warm with some freckles, moles and a tendency to redness, rashes and pimples.
Mentally, their mind is alert, focused, often discriminating and judgmental.
Emotionally, they tend toward anger, irritability, and jealousy.
They have a good appetite and are always hungry. In fact, they get angry when they’re hungry.
Factors that impact PITTA
High pressure jobs, working long hours, hot climates, hectic/busy lifestyle, lack of sleep, suppressed anger, regular use of coffee, eating too much hot, oily foods, seafood, alcohol, eating acidic foods like tomato and soy sauce.
This translates into the common PITTA symptoms
Yellow skin, boils, rashes, pimples, hyper-acidity, red eyes, headache, anger, frustration, impatient, short-tempered, inflammation, high blood pressure, gallbladder problems, liver disorders, gastric ulcers, mouth ulcers, psoriasis, eczema, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and hot flushes.
So how to balance PITTA? Moderation is the key.
Keep cool. Avoid hot temperatures and hot food.
Avoid pungent, sour, salty tastes and oily foods.
Avoid red meat, tomato, soy sauce, alcohol and coffee.
Allow for leisure. Do not overwork.
Eat regularly, especially lunch.
Daily body massage with cooling oil such as coconut. Massage removes excess body heat.
Walk barefoot on the grass. It’s super cooling.
Look after your eyes. Apply rose water to cool them.
Apply stress-release techniques to your life. Deep breathing, yoga and meditation are a good place to start.
Topically, neem, sandlewood, turmeric, and aloe vera andall good for pitta skin for their cooling and anti-inflammatory properties.
our skin is reflection our inside. Follow a Pitta balancing diet and lifestyle, and like me you might notice and incredible improvement.
It will calm the skin, so that when you go to the beauty or laser clinic, you will actually see results. Modern technology and products are amazing and they do work, but only when you are looking after your insides as well. Your skin will heal faster from the procedures because you are healthy and in balance.
Skin mapping, also known as face mapping, is a technique originally used in ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The idea is that the face is a mirror of your health – various areas, or “zones,” of the face correlate to specific organs and reveal their condition. Face mapping guides you to look beyond the surface and treat the underlying cause of a skin condition.
The below information is curtesy of my college, The Institute for Integrative nutrition: