Skin Problems

Skin Types and Skin Imbalances

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Skin is a reflection of overall health and Ayurveda offers a comprehensive approach to addressing any skin condition. To achieve optimal results, it is important to approach skincare from both topical and internal perspectives. Through my extensive research and hands-on experience, I have developed a more nuanced classification system for skin types beyond the traditional dry, normal, and oily categorization. This system is based on the Ayurvedic doshas.

Skin Constitution Types (Skin Prakruti)

Leading Dosha/Secondary Dosha Skin Type
Vata Dry with thinner texture, fine pores
Vata-Pitta Dry and slightly sensitive
Vata-Kapha Dry with thicke texture
Pitta Sensitive
Pitta-Vata Sensitive and slightly dehydrated
Pitta-Kapha Sensitive, slightly oily and thick
Kapha Oily, large pores
Kapha-Pitta Oily and slightly sensitive
Kapha-Vata Oily T-zone with dry forehead and cheeks
Tridosha (Vata-Pitta-Kapha Sensitive, with dry forehead and cheeks, oily T-zone

Imbalances in the Skin:

All individuals possess a combination of the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), but the balance of these doshas is unique to each person. According to Ayurveda, an imbalance of the doshas occurs when there is a disruption in the natural dynamics between these biological forces. This disruption can be caused by lifestyle, diet, and skincare choices that do not support the delicate balance of the doshas. It is important to note that what works for one person's unique dosha combination may not be suitable for another person's dosha constitution in terms of food choices, meal frequency, exercise, sleep habits, etc.

Leading Dosha/Secondary Dosha Disturbance (Vikruti) Typical Skin Problems
Vata Very dry skin, very thin, many wrinkles, especially on the forehead; dry eczema, dry psoriasis, dull and even gray complexion, sagging eyelids due to thin skin, non-inflamed pimples, cracked lips, lack of skin tone, black circles under eyes
Vata-Pitta Dry acne without cysts, dry rashes, dry red patches, slightly inflamed eczema, slightly inflamed psoriasis, hormonal acne, milia, pigmentation, discoloration, purple circles under eyes
Vata-Kapha Blackheads, non-inflamed bumps, lipomas, puffiness, edema, flabbiness, lack of skin tone
Pitta Most inflamed acne of all the types, rosacea, acne rosacea, broken capillaries, excessive redness, burning eczema and psoriasis, burning eyes, extreme sensitivity, extremely allergic skin
Pitta-Vata Similar symptoms as Vata-Pitta type, but more inflamed and less dry
Pitta-Kapha Inflamed cystic acne (cysts sit more deeply in the skin than in Pitta-Vata type) combined with blackheads and whiteheads; burning, itching and oozing lesions of eczema and psoriasis, allergic skin
Kapha Puffiness, very deep wrinkles without many fine lines, under-eye bags
Kapha-Pitta Similar symptoms as in Pitta-Kapha type, but the skin is oilier and less inflamed; cysts sit even deeper than in Pitta-Kapha type.
Kapha-Vata Similar symptoms as in Vata-Kapha type, but the skin is oilier, with more puffiness and flabbiness, more blackheads.
Tridosha (Vata-Pitta-Kapha Combination of all the conditions above

This classification system allows me to tailor treatment plans for my clients, as there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It is important to recognize that every individual and their skin is unique, therefore personalized approach is crucial.

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