Ayurvedic Facial Mask


Ayurveda offers many natural skincare solutions. The recipe below creates a thin paste that helps heal acne and some kinds of eczema. Mix the herbal powders with water or whole milk if your skin is oily; if you have dry skin, use ghee. Apply this to the face for one-half hour at bedtime and one-half hour upon rising in the morning. If no irritation occurs, continue this regimen until imbalances clear.

4 parts chickpea flour
3 parts Mahasudarshan powder
2 parts triphala
1 part turmeric

Make into a paste with rose water or milk or ghee. Apply ½ hour before bedtime and let dry. Rinse with warm water.

Herbal Information 

Mahasudarshan is a synergistic combination of cooling and cleansing herbs that helps heal infections by supporting the following functions*: 

  • Promotes elimination of toxins 

  • Bolsters immunity and supports the body’s natural defenses against bacteria and viruses

  • Supports proper function of the liver and lymphatic system

Ayurvedic Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, pungent, astringent

  • Virya (action): cooling

  • Vipaka (post-digestive taste): pungent

  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for pittaand kapha, may aggravate vatawhen used in excess

Triphala is prized in Ayurveda as a multi-purpose remedy that gently cleanses and detoxifies the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it by balancing vatapitta, and kapha. Translated as “three fruits,” triphala consists of the dried fruits of amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki, which in combination offer the following benefits*: 

  • Helps promote natural internal cleansing

  • Gently maintains regularity

  • Nourishes and rejuvenates tissues

  • Supports healthy digestion and absorption

  • Promotes proper functions of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, and genitourinary system

  • Functions as natural antioxidant

Ayurvedic Energetics:

  • Rasa(taste): sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent

  • Virya(action): neutral

  • Vipaka(post-digestive taste): sweet

  • Doshas(constitutions): Balancing for vata,pitta, and kapha

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is renowned in Ayurveda for its extensive range of beneficial effects, including the following*: 

  • Strengthens digestion and promotes healthy intestinal flora 

  • Boosts immune function 

  • Cleanses the blood and promotes healthy skin

  • Helps maintain blood glucose levels within the normal range

  • Promotes comfortable movement of the joints

  • Supports healthy pancreatic function

Ayurvedic Energetics:

  • Rasa(taste): pungent, bitter, astringent

  • Virya(action): heating

  • Vipaka(post-digestive taste): pungent

  • Doshas(constitutions): Balancing for all doshas, may increase vataand pittaif used in excess

Preliminary studies of the turmeric constituent curcumin are currently underway to evaluate its potential as a treatment for a range of disorders, including cancer, colitis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease.