Skin Allergy

Ayurvedic Skin Types

From the Ayurvedic point of view, the activities in the human system are controlled by the three biohumors called “doshas” – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Any disturbances in one or all of them can cause disease. The skin is also classified according to these biohumors.

Vata skin type

Vata skin is generally dry, thin, cool to the touch, easily dehydrated, and is very vulnerable to the influence of dry windy weather.

Pitta skin type

Pitta is mostly the Fire element, so the Pitta skin type tends to have more breakouts, photosensitivity, and less tolerance to hot food and fieriness in temperament. Pitta skin looks ruddy and is warm to the touch. Pitta skin types tend to be more prone to freckles and moles than the other skin types.

Kapha skin type

Kapha dosha is predominantly Water and Earth, so Kapha skin tends to have these qualities – it can be greasy, thick and more tolerant of the sun.

Causes of Skin Allergy

Skin allergy is the body’s extreme reaction to one or more allergens. There are thousands of different allergens all around us and almost any substance in our environment can provoke an allergic reaction in someone (who is very sensitive). We can say that this type of reaction is caused unsuitable or Asaatmya influences.

Similarly, there may be cases of seasonal or acquired skin sensitivities that is caused due to a reactive type toxin called Amavisha. This is the more dangerous counterpart of the toxin Ama, which is usually created due to faulty digestion. If Ama is left to continue to accumulate in the digestive tract, it can spread to other tissues (dhatus) and organs and wreak havoc.

Eventually, the Ama interacts with the organs, tissues and functions of the body (subdoshas) where if not flushed out, it settles and forms a reactive poison called Amavisha. When an Asaatmya influence or allergen interacts with the Amavisha it can impair cell functioning and may manifest as rashes, discoloration, roughness or irritation.

Here are some of the common allergens that can act as triggers of skin allergies.

  • Nickel (nickel sulfate hexahydrate): A metal usually in jewelry and clasps or buttons on clothing.
  • Gold (gold sodium thiosulfate): A precious metal used to create jewelry.
  • Balsam of Peru (myroxylon pereirae): A tree resin that is used as a fragrance in perfumes and skin lotions.
  • Thimerosal: A mercury compound used in antiseptics and as a preservative in some vaccines.
  • Neomycin sulfate: A topical antibiotic, also found in cosmetics, deodorant, soap and pet food.
  • Fragrances: Artificial scents found in foods, cosmetics, antiseptics, soaps, perfumes and dental products.
  • Formaldehyde: A popular preservative.
  • Cobalt chloride: Metal used in cobalt blue pigment and many other products like hair dye, antiperspirant, etc.
  • Bacitracin: A topical antibiotic.
  • Quaternium 15: A preservative usually found in cosmetic products or in industrial products such as polishes, paints and waxes.

Additional allergens that could be causing allergies might be:

  • Soap
  • Household cleaners
  • Clothing (rough fabric like wool that gathers allergy-causing dust, plant material, etc.)
  • Heat (it can aggravate skin problems like redness chafing or sweating)
  • Latex (component of gloves, underwear straps and waistbands; people allergic to latex may also cross react to certain tropical fruits such as bananas)
  • Plants (certain plants can cause skin irritation)
  • Food (food allergies, handling spices and certain other foods)
  • Sunscreen (PABA-based chemicals)

Types of Skin Allergy

There are four main types of skin allergy, each caused by different allergens. Fortunately, there are many ways to relieve the symptoms. But in order to choose an appropriate treatment, it’s important to identify which type of allergy you have.

Dermatitis (Twak shoth)
The Greek word ‘dermatitis’ means ‘inflammation of skin,’ it is caused by touching a certain substance. In most cases, the main symptom is a red rash, but it could be one of a number of allergens that causes it including metals, chemicals, rubber, plants and even pets.

Eczema (Vicharchika)
According to Charaka Samhita, eczema is a condition where the skin erupts into angry red rashes and bumps, along with profuse discharge, extreme itching and often blue discoloration.

Prickly heat (Pittaja masoorika)
Warm weather often causes the itchy red rash known as prickly heat. The exact reason is not known till date, but some people think it’s due to sweat getting trapped under the skin.

Bites and stings (Keet dansh)
Irritation from insect bites and stings can be uncomfortable but reactions tend to be short-lived.

Urticaria (Sheetapitta)
This type of allergy is often called nettle rash, because it comes up as an itchy red rash, raised in the middle. Confusingly, it has nothing to do with stinging nettles at all but is caused by eating a certain food, worms, infections or taking a particular drug.

Fungal infections (Dadru)
Fungal infections are usually due to yeast (such as Candida or Malassezia furfur) or dermatophytes such as Epidermophyton, Microsporum and Trichophyton. Fungi usually take up residence in moist areas of the body where skin surfaces meet like between the toes, in the genital area and under the breasts. These infections only affect the topmost layer of the epidermis and do not penetrate deeper. If you suffer from recurrent fungal infections, please get tested for diabetes and/or HIV.

Blisters (Visphota)
While blistering is most commonly known to occur when the skin is burnt, blisters can also result in skin conditions that are caused or worsened by allergens. For example, sufferers of eczema and contact dermatitis may experience skin blisters as one of the symptoms.

Pruritus (Kandu)
Pruritus or itching is treated more as a symptom, precursor to a disease (purvarupa), complication (upadrava) or a symptom reflecting an incorrect prognosis (asadhya lakshana) of other systemic diseases. Thus, pruritus is likely to go away if the root problem is treated and cured.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Skin Allergy

  • Neem (Azadiracta Indica): Neem contains nimbidin, nimbin and quercetin—three anti-inflammatory compounds. Neem contains Vitamin C along with antifungal and antibacterial properties. Use neem oil to massage on the affected areas or use neem powder in masks for a detoxing skin allergy treatment at home. Neem can also be taken internally as a natural remedy for skin allergy that can heal the skin from the inside out. Take neem capsules or drink neem-tulsi juice for glowing skin.
  • Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia): The herb guduchi or giloy helps to ease the causes of skin allergies like having a relaxing impact on nerves, improving digestion and fighting against infections. Giloy juice when had on a regular basis can be a very effective treatment for skin allergies. One can also combine giloy juice with juices of neem, amla or aloe vera as herbal remedies for skin allergies. Make an anti-allergy mask by mixing giloy with amla and neem powders to get clear skin.
  • Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia): Manjistha is a cooling herb that cleanses the blood and supports healthy skin. Apply a neem-manjistha mask to soothe skin allergies. You can also add a few drops of lavender and tea tree essential oils into the mask for added antibacterial effect as home remedies for skin allergy. The neem and manjistha mix can also be taken internally; take half tsp. of the herbal mix in warm water thrice a day, after meals.
  • Haridra (Curcuma Longa): Turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory agents because of its strong clarifying and detoxifying effect and its potent healing effect on the digestive system, liver, blood and the skin. Haridra can be used in daily cooking for a holistic cure for skin allergies, or one can also use turmeric topically in the form of masks or oil (to massage onto problem areas).
  • Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum): For herbal allergy relief, powder Trikatu + Basil + Cloves + Camphor + Coriander in equal quantities. Take half a teaspoon of the powder with warm water twice daily. Take steam inhalation by adding tulsi and eucalyptus leaves to hot water.
  • Kumari (Aloe Barbadensis): The application of fresh aloe vera gel is a powerful cure for itchy skin that immediately soothes the skin. You can also add a few drops of healing essential oils like cedarwood, chamomile, geranium, rose, jasmine or lavender to help with skin rashes and allergies.
  • Sariva/Anantamool (Hemidesmus Indicus): Sariva or Indian sarsaparilla is a bright red colored herb that finds deep affinity with blood. In effect, it cleans blood problems like heat and toxins that are at the root of skin allergies. Take 30 gms of anantamool and boil in one liter of water till it reduces by 1/5th to prepare a decoction. Filter and drink 50 ml twice daily. Get anantamool benefits for skin with a topical treatment made by mixing the powder with milk and honey and applying on the affected area.
  • Khadira (Acacia Catechu): Khair or khadira is very helpful in managing Pitta conditions like heat and toxin accumulation – common causes of skin allergies. The herb also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Boil a small piece of cutch with water and add this to your bathwater. A paste of khadira leaves can be used topically to get relief from itchy, inflamed skin.
Ayurvedic Supplements (to be taken under physician’s guidance – Consult Now)  

               Neem Guard Capsules

               Neem Guard Soap

               Haridrakhanda (Vrihat)




              Gandhak Rasayana

              Mahamanjisthadi Kadha


              Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu

              Kaishore Guggulu

              Triphala Juice

              Kamdudha Ras

  • Drink lots of water as one of the top natural remedies for allergies as it helps to detox.
  • Bitters foods should be taken regularly.
  • Avoid extra amount of proteins and fat.
  • Avoid difficult to digest food that tax the liver and cause Amavisha.
  • Avoid the types of food which irritate your skin.
  • Spicy and sour foods should be avoided.
  • Make sure bowel movements are regular.
  • If one is allergic to gluten, one is advised to eat a gluten-free diet. The same goes for any other food allergy or food sensitivity.
  • Cleanse the skin and hair properly.
  • Take time to exercise regularly.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
  • Avoid chemical-based lotion and potions.
  • Soak in an oatmeal and honey bath for natural allergy relief.
  • Calamine lotion can also calm irritated skin and keep itchiness at bay.
  • Another natural allergy relief option is apple cider vinegar. Used as a cold compress, diluted ACV is a great way to pull the toxins out of the skin, balance pH and increase moisture.
  • Keep your living quarters free of pollens and allergens. (Remove old carpets, ensure that dust doesn’t accumulate in corners, wash woolen bedding thoroughly, limit plush toys, keep everything dry to prevent mold, etc.)
  • The Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
  • Skull Shining Breath (Kapalbhati Pranayama)
  • Upside-Down Pose (Viparita Karani)
  • Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
  • Head-to-Knee Pose (Janu Sirsasana)