Busoor-e-Labaniya (Acne vulgaris)

Acne vulgaris (Busoor-e- Labaniya) are small white eruptions on the nose and cheeks, which look a lot like a drop of milk. These small lesions contain a yellowish-white substance that generally causes inflammation of the skin. These basoor affects 80-90% of young individuals with sequela of different diseases as well as injuries. Additionally, men reaching puberty are experiencing this kind of problem more as compared to women.  The etiology of the Basoor-e-Labaniya is considered to be an infected matter (Mada-e-Sadidiya).

Some Unani researchers disclose that the matter came out from Busoor is thick viscid morbid in nature that enters the pores of the skin (facial skin) in the form of vapor and is not resolved in the skin due to its thickness.

Causes Of Acne Vulgaris

  • Matter (Madah)
  • Organ (Aaza)
  • Irregularities of diet (Na-munasib khorak)
  • Environmental factors (Maholiyati avamil)
  • Depression
  • Emotional stress
  • Some medications
  • Hormonal changes
  • Pregnancy, menstrual irregularities as well as STDs
  • Certain cosmetics
  • Sweating

Signs Of Acne Vulgaris

  • Whiteheads (clogged plugged skin pores)
  • Blackheads (open plugged skin pores)
  • Red-colored small and tender papules
  • Pustules that are papules with pus at their tips
  • Large, solid, as well as painful lumps or nodules under the skin
  • Painful, pus-filled cystic lesions under the surface of the skin

Symptoms Of Acne Vulgaris

  • Depression
  • Loss of confidence
  • Scars
  • Repulsive pimples

Unani Treatment For Acne Vulgaris (Busoor-e-Labaniya)

According to the Unani Tibb, the leading cause of acne vulgaris (Busoor-e- Labaniya) is the hyperactivity of sebaceous glands (Ghudud-e- Dohniya), which for the most part results in increased production of oily material. This oily material gets blocked into the openings of these glands causing inflammation of these glands that get suppurated and packed with pus.

The yellow pus (Mada-e- Sadidiya) reaches to the skin due to increased abnormal heat (ifraat-e- hararat ) and does not get resolved easily from the pores. In other words, the yellow pus (Mada-e- Sadidiya) originates due to the bukharat-e- badan and later gets shifted towards the skin.

Mada-e-Sadidiya is transformed from the body vapors (bukharat-e- badan) and generally accumulated in the skin.  Due to the effect of air and thick materials, Mada-e-Sadidiya gets converted into a viscous fluid, and hence the pores get blocked.

Usoole Ilaj Of Busoor e Labaniya

  • Removal of the underlying cause (Asbab or unka azala)
  • Improvement of digestion (islah-e- maida)
  • Correction of hepatic insufficiency (islah-e- Jigar)
  • Use of blood purifiers (Musaffiyat ka istemal)

Unani Musaffiyat (Blood Purifier)

Single Herbs To Treat Acne Vulgaris (Busoor-e-Labaniya)

  • Neem
  • Manjistha (rubia cordifolia)
  • Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Witch hazel (Hamamelis)
  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
  • German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
  • Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)
  • Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus)

Unani Compounds For Acne Vulgaris (Busoor-e-Labaniya)

Cupping Therapy For Acne

Cupping therapy (Hijama) is also an effective way to treat acne vulgaris (Busoor-e-Labaniya). An investigation on acne vulgaris treatments reveals that herbal treatment, along with wet cupping therapy, can also diminish the acne from the skin. Wet cupping therapy is used to excrete the yellow pus-like matter and also impure blood from the skin pores.

When using cupping therapy for inflammatory skin problems such as acne, the objective is to excrete heat and toxins from the skin. This process is generally carried out by placing suction cups on the back. However, cupping therapy is most often done on the back for facial acne.

Preventive Measures For Acne Vulgaris (Busoor-e-Labaniya)

  • Wash face twice daily
  • Refrain from harsh scrubbing
  • Keep hair clean
  • Refrain from popping and picking at pimples
  • Apply herbal applications
  • Cut back on foods linked to acne
  • Wear sunscreen when going outdoors
  • Avoid skincare products that contain oil
  • Refrain from excess exfoliation
  • Reduce stress

Home Remedies For Acne Vulgaris (Busoor-e-Labaniya)

Simple home remedies for acne vulgaris (Busoor-E-Labaniya);


Yellow Indian Cucumber

Yellow Indian Cucumber is beneficial for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Take cucumber juice and mix it with lemon juice. Apply it on the pimples to get relief from Busoor-e-Labaniya .


Apple (Malus sylvestris)

Take one apple (Malus sylvestris), grate it, add one spoon of honey subsequently and mix it well. Apply it to the face, leave it for 15 minutes, and wash with lukewarm water. This will Busoor-e-Labaniya .


Oatmeal (Avena sativa)

Take two spoons of oatmeal and add a small amount of honey in it together with water, and mix it well. Apply it to the face and after some time remove it with lukewarm water by using a smooth cloth for instance towel.


Pineapple Juice (Ananas comosus)

Take one teaspoon of pineapple juice, add one pinch of turmeric powder, mix it well, and apply it to the face. Wash it with cold water after 15 minutes. It also helps removing acne and black spots.


Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is also good for acne and other skin related problems. All you need to do is to apply lemon juice on acne and wash it after 15 minutes.



Apply honey to the face once every three days. After 30 minutes, remove the mask with lukewarm water.



Curd, Oats, & Lemon Juice

Take some curd, add one spoon oats, four drops of lemon juice, and mix well. Apply it to the face. After some time remove the mask with cold water, it removes acne.


Mint and Turmeric Powder

Take mint juice mix with one pinch of turmeric powder and apply it to the face. Even mint juice alone if applied on the face helps to get relief from acne as well as Busoor-e-Labaniya .


Rose Water (Rosa Damascena) & Lemon Juice

Take rose water and add four drops of lemon juice in it. By using cotton, make a small round ball, dip into the juice. Place the cotton balls over the spots and remove after 15 minutes.


EndNote: Unani medicines should be taken under the guidance of a certified Unani Physician. Patients are required to follow the regimen strictly in order to get optimum results.



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