Skin is the outer covering for the skeletal structure of human beings and animals, provided by nature. The skin of the animals varies in texture and thickness according to the climate and place they live in, like thick hide or fur or even scaly skin. But the skin of human beings is almost the same throughout the world, except that it varies in colour. Climatic conditions determine the colour texture and the nature of the skin of human beings.
Fair skinned people, who dwell in colder regions, have very sensitive skin, and consequently suffer when they come to tropical countries. They usually suffer even during winter because extremes of cold and heat affect fair skin most. Those who have dark skin, especially those living in tropical countries, get afflicted by different types of skin diseases.
Skin consists of layers of epidermis, dermis, blood vessels, nerves, sweat glands and lymphatic vessels. It is the most important part of the body, for its functions are extensive and vital for survival. Its functions include protection, absorption, temperature regulation, excretion and sensation. It also serves as partial respiratory organ. Skin acts as a storage for water and fat. It secretes sebum (a fatty secretion) through sebaceous glands to keep itself supple. Sweat produced by the sweat glands regulates the temperature. Skin serves as an aide to the kidney in eliminating waste. There are other organs also which eliminate wastes from the body. Skin diseases arise when there occurs any malfunctioning in the waste eliminating organs.
Acne is an inflammatory skin disease that affects skin on the face and neck. It is characterized by blackheads and pimples. If it appears in early adolescence, it disappears spontaneously on attaining adulthood. This type of acne is called Acne Vulgaris. Some types of acne like Acne Indurata follow Acne Vulagris and occur at the age of 25 and above. In this, the eruptions are reddened, infiltrated and have a hardened base (conical elevations) causing severe pain. They leave the face with much disfigurement and scarring.
Acne in any form is a troublesome and difficult disease to be cured in a short period. Prolonged treatment through diet regulation is essential and beneficial for complete cure.
Though the causes may vary in certain forms of acne, the common cause among them is faulty food habits. As a result, in almost all cases, constipation occurs. So constipation must be dealt with first. Dietary treatment is the best to restore normalcy in the bowel movements to expel toxic waste, which will aid in purifying the blood as regulating digestion.
Treatment for acne
Excess intake of improper food must be controlled, better if avoided totally. Since teenage is the time when food temptations cannot be resisted, diversions like exercise, sports and games must be encouraged. This will have an added benefit as exercise is of great help in the treatment of acne.
Since it is impossible for young boys and girls to follow a strict diet pattern, they must take plenty of fruits, fruit juices, fresh vegetables and vegetable juices for prolonged periods. A mixed diet consisting of plenty of digestible raw food is recommended.
Diet which is non-stimulating is recommended. All starchy, fatty, spicy and oily foods, pickles, tea, coffee, ice cream, cola drinks, bread, biscuits and sweets should be strictly avoided till complete cure is achieved.
Vitamin A and E are essential in the treatment of acne, which are found in abundance in their natural form in sprouted grains, carrots and all green vegetables and fresh fruits.
Whatever the type of skin disease, it is ultimately the result of abnormal functioning of the digestive system. Unless the skin disease is in an advanced stage, to a great extent it can be controlled and even cured by natural treatments.
Great attention to the matter of food is of foremost importance. For, a wisely selected diet can accomplish more than any other drug in the management of skin diseases.
Diet cure for specific period
See Chapter 28 (see page 201) under diet cure for Acne.
Take internal baths.
Boil some tulsi leaves in water and wash the face with it.
Matsyasana, Dhanurasan, Yogamudra, Bhujangasan, Simhamudra and Paschimottanasana.
Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. (See page 189-190).
Grind two tablespoons of ajwain to fine powder, add curds and make a paste out of it. Apply this on the face at bedtime. Wash off with lukewarm water in the morning. Boil tulsi leaves in water for five minutes and wash the face when the solution becomes lukewarm.
Suguna, an otherwise beautiful teenager, suffered from pimples and acne with infection. She did not realise the consequence of indulging in rich fatty food, cold drinks and junk-food. Her determination to find a cure helped. She meticulously followed my prescription of the six-glass wonder which started showing results on the very second day. Alternate hot and cold bath, a face wash with water in which tulsi leaves were boiled, breathing exercises and specific diet just for a week were prescribed. The effect was even faster than her expectations and renewed her enthusiasm, with the result she has one of the smoothest complexions.
Massage for skin
See Chapter 27.