Q: I’m a 13-year-old girl and have a lot of pimples on my forehead. Medicines prescribed by the doctor are not at all effective and also I do not want to do any laser treatments. Can you suggest a way by which I can stop the pimples from spreading?

No matter where acne forms on your face, the cause is almost the same. Oil called sebum normally lubricates and protects your skin. Sebum is produced in tiny oil glands called sebaceous glands. Oil gets to the surface of your skin through small holes called pores. Sometimes pores get clogged with dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells. Bacteria grow inside, creating acne.

A number of factors such as hormone changes, stress and certain medications can increase oil production and make you more likely to get acne. Seborrhoeic eczema that results in more dead skin formation can also cause pimples on the forehead. The main goals of acne treatment are to prevent scarring and reduce the number of painful lesions. Never pinch and prick a pimple as it delays healing and leaves a scar.

• Wash your hair often. If your hair is greasy, use a shampoo for oily hair.

• Use a hair band to pull hair up and away from your forehead and face.

• Try applying lemon juice on the forehead with a cotton pad and wash it off after five minutes.

• Mix 2 teaspoons of Thriphala powder in water to make a paste. This can be used like a face wash. You can also wash your face with water boiled with neem or turmeric and cooled.

• Paste of neem leaves mixed with honey or Eladi choornam mixed with coconut milk can be used as a face pack. Remove the pack before it dries.

• Apply Ayyappala keram or Dhurdhoorapathradi keram on scalp 10 minutes before shampoo wash. Alternate between two different anti-dandruff shampoos.

• Massage scalp with a combination made of crushed fenugreek seeds and sour curd. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash with shampoos.

• Yoghurt, milk, jaggery, black gram, seafood, sesame products, sour and salty tastes aggravate skin problems. So reduce consumption of these.

Consult an Ayurveda doctor if symptoms continue even after a few weeks.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurveda practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.