A common complaint we hear from people with oily skin is the presence of visible, large open pores on skin. We have discussed in depth the problems that Pitta prakriti skin faces in earlier posts. Due to a high accumulation of sebum, dirt and dead cells and micro organisms, the Srotas in this skin type are easily clogged. This leads to large, visible open pores which we discussed in our video update last week.
Pitta prakriti skin is sensitive and easily irritated , and tricky to take care of . It can very easily get aggravated by the wrong skin care techniques and products. If you are in despair over white heads, clogged and large visible pores , this post with Ayurvedic advice to shrink open pores is for you. Read on for a complete set of do’s and don’ts to visibly heal and look after oily skin.
1. Shrink open pores : do not aggravate oiliness by over cleansing
Over cleansing oily skin can irritate and aggravate Pitta dosha, making it oilier! This can also happen if you over-cleanse skin with drying wipes, microfibre cloths and using harsh products. The excessive oiliness can attract more micro organisms and dead cells. This in turn enlarges open pores even more.
If your skin starts to develop an oily sheen mid-day, simply splash clean, cold water on your skin and pat dry with a clean cotton face towel.
Do not use microfiber based cleansing cloths or cleansing wipes on oily, Pitta prakriti skin. These tend to dry out the surface of skin, provoking aggressive oil secretion, making skin even more prone to break-outs.
2. Do not touch or pick at breakouts:
Our fingertips are full of dirt, microbes and sebum from handling of the keyboard, smartphone, etc. If you touch your facial skin often, you will keep on transferring fresh microbes to your skin, encouraging breakouts. This in turn enlarges open pores.
It makes sense to keep your phone, and keyboards clean and oil free. Periodic cleansing keeps down microbes, which in turn helps skin.
3. Re-set skin health at night
A night cleansing routine is especially critical to oily, Pitta prakriti skin. Cleansing skin at night and using an appropriate Ayurvedic facial serum or facial oil re-sets your skin’s health everyday. This also prevents build up of oil and debris in the srotas, which brings down size of open pores.
Offices harbour a surprising amount of hidden dirt and microbes in their unclean and dirty airconditioning vents and filters. Skin which is exposed to clogged, dirty air, absorbs this dirt, blocking the minor Srotas, enlarging open pores. Regular night cleansing cleans skin, removes trapped debris and helps shrink open pores and reduce breakouts.
4. Shrink open pores by providing balanced skin nourishment
Apply a good, natural, balanced ayurvedic facial serum / facial oil. Choosing the right product is key . Pitta prakriti oily skin tends to be very delicate. An over greasy product can irritate and upset the balance in oily skin causing more damage than good.
Krya recommends using the Krya Classic skin oil for oily skin. This skin balancing oil is formulated with ayurvedic herbs and oils like Clove, Neem oil, Papaya, Vetiver, & Indian Sarsaparilla.
This balancing skin oil dries out excess oil, cools skin, improves and evens out skin tone and brightens the complexion . It thus gently heals and nourishes oily, Pitta Prakriti skin without aggravating it. With consistent use, our users report having even sebum production, brighter complexion and smaller, less visible open pores.
The Krya Classic skin oil is NOT recommended for skin that is prone to dryness, mature skin, etc. These skin conditions require one of our other facial oils.
5. A healing ayurvedic mask nurtures and balances oily skin
Ayurveda encourages the use of healing Lepas (masks) to nourish and rejuvenate different kinds of skin. A healing Lepa is very good for oily skin to help tone, and nourish it and cleanse it deeply. As we have seen, when oily skin is deep cleansed and the srotas are free, pores do not look large or visible.
Krya recommends using the Krya classic face mask once a week to heal and cleanse oily, pitta prakriti skin. This mask contains Shothahara (inflammation reducing) herbs like Arjuna, Khadira, which shrink open pores, whiteheads and acne. It also contains many blemish correcting, pitta balancing and complexion brightening herbs like Manjishta, Ela (cardamom), Bilwa, etc. Continued, regular use of the mask helps heal, deep cleanse, balance and nourish oily, break-out prone, Pitta prakriti skin.
6. Balance skin by balancing pitta dosha internally:
Follow all the pitta pacifying measures suggested by us in our earlier primer to Oily skin. Eat on time, and choose the right food for your body type.
Pitta Prakriti has to be pacified with freshly cooked warm foods that are mild, sweet, cooling and do not have sharp salty, sour or spicy tastes.
Food must be chewed properly and eaten only when hungry. Cow ghee should be used frequently. Fried and oily foods should be kept to a minimum.
In addition, the scalp must be cooled through the regular application of a good ayurvedic hair oil. Krya recommends using the Krya Classic hair oil to pacify pitta aggravation.
7. Reduce stress by switching off everyday:
Switch off once you come back to work. This is critical to balance stress and mood aggravation which in turn affects and stresses out skin.
Follow a calming routine every evening to help pacify aggravated Pitta dosha. This includes calming yogic poses like shavasana, wearing cool, pastel colours, regular evening meditation, and a screen free evening.
We hope this primer gave you a complete set of easily do-able steps to care for oily skin and improve its health, following the wisdom of Ayurveda. If you have any doubts on this, please write to us.
- Krya Classic face wash with Green Tea & Chamomile – gently but thoroughly cleanses Pitta prakriti skin
- Krya Classic Skin Oil with Manjishta & Chandana – nourishes and balances Pitta prakriti skin
- Krya Classic face mask with Bael fruit & Guava – to cool, and balance Pitta skin
- Krya Classic Skin balancing system – face (Face wash, Skin Oil + Face mask at a slightly reduced price)