Dadi’s Beauty Book

The Pimple Edition

Tanya Muzaffar

If you were to put the faith in the sagacity of one, let it be Dadi. The woman knows! She has seen much, knows lots and has done plenty. So when it comes to your most precious asset, i.e. your skin, trust us when we say, Dadi knows best!

This week, Dadi’s Beauty Book is flipping over to the chapter on pimples. What are pimples? If you glance closely at the mirror, you will see teeny tiny depressions in your skin. Those are called pores. In those pores, one will find oil, dead skin and bacteria. Pimples are the aggravated result of those pores being blocked.

The causes of pimples are many, including hormonal shifts, stress, medication, etc. The cure for them, however, can be found in your pantry!

For Dry Skin

Pimples on dry skin are generally caused by a collection of dead skin inside the pores. Simply put, your skin isn’t being exfoliated. However, how can you exfoliate irritated skin? With tomatoes, of course! Just slice a tomato and rub it gently, in circular motions, over the entire face. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A, C and K, which are found in most acne creams and the enzymes in the tomato will break down the dead skin and clear it from the pores.

For Oily Skin

Overactive sebaceous glands (the ones that produce oil) end up attracting dirt and bacteria, which, in combination with dead skin end up causing blockages in the pores that leads to pimples. What you need is a mask make of gram flour (besan), yogurt and lemon juice. Make a thick paste of all 3 and apply to the skin twice a week. The flour and yogurt are packed with Vitamins A and C and proteins, and the lemon juice will lift away the dead skin and fade acne scars.

For Normal Skin

Healthy skin starts from the inside! Feed your body with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to get the maximum benefit from the micronutrients found in them. Also, remember to keep yourself well hydrated. Water is absolutely essential to help flush out toxins from your body which may cause outwardly eruptions.