Dry Skin Causes – An ayurveda view

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According to texts of ayurveda dry skin is caused by vata dosha. When vata dosha increases in body it reduces kapha and makes skin dry and wrinkled.

Our skin is soft and smooth because of oil glands which are dotted under our skin. The skin becomes dry when these glands fail to supply sufficient lubrication to keep the skin soft and smooth.

Ayurveda Causes of Dry skin

Cold and Dy Weather

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The cold and dry weather of winter takes its own toll on the skin. The cold and dry weather of winter brings about drying of skin making it scaly. Lack of sufficient humidity out doors also leads to dry skin. Indoor heating further removes the traces of moisture and aggravates dryness of skin. Thus in winter the skin becomes extremely dry. Dry skin condition may occur due to genetic factors which are inherited.

Poor Diet (viruddha ahara)

Dry skin condition may arise from nutritional deficiencies due to poor diet. According to ayurveda consumption of opposite foods also lead to dry skin. Foods which are of kashaya rasa (astringent taste), Katu rasa (pungent taste), Tikta rasa (bitter taste) cause vitiation of vata which leads to dry skin.  Also including more of dry foods (ruksha ahara) imbalances vata. Vata balancing is very important in skin care regimen.

Dehydration

Skin needs jala or water to maintain its moisture level

Unhealthy Lifestyles

Unhealthy life styles like exposure to extreme weather conditions, bathing for long time in very hot water, using harsh soaps, swimming in chlorinated water, chemicals and harsh cosmetics can cause drying of skin.

Extreme Climate

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The skin loses its capacity to retain moisture, as we grow old. The extreme climatic conditions to which we get exposed, as we grow old worsen the condition and skin becomes more dry.

Other diseases

Few underlying diseases like hypothyroidism, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis or seborrhea may also lead to dry skin.

Medications

Dry skin may arise as an effect of medications like diuretics, antihistamines and anti spasmodics .

What ayurveda says about dry skin ?

According to texts of ayurveda dry skin is caused by vata dosha. When vata dosha increases in body it reduces kapha dosha and makes skin dry and wrinkled. ( Kapha keeps skin soft and smooth where as vata makes the skin dry and rough. Vata dosha’s qualities are opposite to kapha dosha qualities ).

The causes which increase vata dosha in body

  • Exposure to cold and dry climate
  • Controlling natural urges like urination, defecation, hunger, thirst, etc.
  • Keeping awake till late nights.
  • Irregular food habits.
  • Over physical and mental exertion.
  • Consumption of spicy, dry, bitter foods.

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