According to Ayurveda, different parts of our complexions are related to different internal organs and doshas. Like the philosophy of reflexology and acupuncture, the relationship between points on our body’s surface is deeply integrated to our internal health, and where we break out, rash or wrinkle also displays what imbalances are happening inside our bodies.
Our forehead are is governed by the Vata dosha (the element of air). It being autumn, I find that many people begin to break out or congest in this area as the weather itself becomes more Vata in quality, getting drier, windier, cooler and crisper. Now, before you label this hippy hocus pocus, keep in mind that Ayurveda is an east Indian science of health and has used the earth’s elements to describe disease and dysfunction for thousands of years. Like air, Vata embodies dryness, dehydration, thinness, roughness, gaseousness, and irregularity. So, it is no surprise that at the part of the facial skin that is thinnest, and has the least amount of fatty tissue behind it is Vata.
Balacing Vata for Clear Skin
When we collect too much Vata, by being dehydrated, constipated (from dryness in the colon), bloated (excess air in the digestive system) or scattered and high-strung (irregularity and unsettledness in the mind), it shows on our skin. Often when we are stressed out and feeling particularly Vata, we break out or accumulated large blackheads and milia in the forehead. And while, many of you may assume its from too much oil, its actually from the opposite. Vata break outs in the Vata area of the face is usually caused by internal dryness, stagnation of circulation and bowel congestion. Stress brings this on as tension in the abdomen can lead to constipation as well as taxed adrenals which exhausts the kidneys and results in water-loss. Acne and comedones in this area are usually dry looking and small, unlike the juicy cysts that are found in the fatty chin and jawline.
Ayurvedic Acne Solutions
You see, the type of break out you have also shows what is occurring internally and if your doshas are out of harmony. While red, angry blemishes are indicative of inflammation from the Pitta dosha (the fire element), large, painful, pus-filled pimples are caused by the stagnation and heaviness of the Kapha dosha (the earth and water elements). Vata acne is from dryness of air, and moisturization, steaming and light exfoliation is the best way to treat it topically. Internal moisturization is also important, and adding more good fats and oils to your diet, increasing your water-intake, and cutting out dehydrating foods are a good start. Preventing dehydration is just as important, and making sure you eliminate through your bowels and grounding, resting and meditating are other effective Vata decreasing measures.
So, if it seems odd that your breakouts are isolated to your forehead area instead of being distributed all over the skin, try examining your Vata dosha. This will avoid you taking on the wrong approach and further depleting your skin with conventional acne products and treatments that dry out your skin, exacerbating the problem.