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Face Mapping: What Are Your Acne Breakouts Telling You?

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Understand where your acne zones are and what they mean about your internal health.

Understand where your acne zones are and what they mean about your internal health.

Do you persistently get acne in the same areas of your face?It's possible to understand what causes your acne by looking at where it appears most often.

Face mapping is the process of dividing the face into sections and finding the connections between the areas of the face and our internal body systems and organs.

I myself have suffered from acne from the age of 13, and here I find myself, twenty years later, still suffering from occasional, sometimes unexplainable outbreaks. Face mapping and a few basic tips have helped me control, minimise and understand many of my breakouts.

How do you Face Map your Acne Breakouts?

Face mapping is also called face reflexology. It is an ancient Chinese and Indian method of skincare that focuses on zones of the face, such as the forehead, chin, and nose, and on the connections those zones are believed to have with our internal organs. By understanding these areas, it is possible to decipher what is going on inside your body and why acne breakouts occur repeatedly in the same places.

This is by no way a definitive answer to the war on acne, but it is a good start. Do not forget that your hygiene, diet, hormones, and even genetics can also play a part in causing acne—but a little knowledge can go a long way!

Repeated acne breakouts on the forehead can be a sign of toxin build-up, poor digestion, and dehydration.

Repeated acne breakouts on the forehead can be a sign of toxin build-up, poor digestion, and dehydration.

What Causes Breakouts on Your Forehead?

Outbreaks on your forehead can be a result of toxin build-up, usually related to poor digestion and dehydration (lack of water).

  • Drinking water helps to flush the toxins out of your body, so boost your water intake and have a look at the foods you are eating. Remember, it is recommended you have at least eight large glasses/64oz of water every day. Note, too much water can have a detrimental effect on your body and some of us really can't have that much due to medical restrictions. Be sure to check with your doctor/health care provider how much water is right for you.
  • Minimise your intake of fizzy and caffeinated drinks. Consider switching to herbal teas and decaf coffee. Green tea has many detoxifying and health benefits and can be made sweeter with a slice of lemon or teaspoon of honey!
  • Keep a food diary and see if you can pinpoint what food groups cause your skin to break out. For example, if you consume a lot of dairy and then break out, you could have a form of lactose intolerance that is affecting your digestion.
Nose inflammation is associated with poor heart health and high blood pressure.

Nose inflammation is associated with poor heart health and high blood pressure.

What Causes Acne on the Nose?

According to Chinese medicine, our nose is linked to our heart. An inflamed nose can be an indication of high blood pressure. Acne is a form of inflammation.

  • If you are someone who drinks energy drinks throughout the day, cut back. This won't just improve your skin, but will be much more beneficial for your health all-round! If you find your energy dipping in the afternoon, try snacking on nuts (diet permitting!)
  • Eat slow energy-releasing foods such as beans, legumes, bananas, sweet potatoes and eggs.
  • Eat less salt and up your fruit, and vegetables intake.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and an active lifestyle improves our heart health, reducing the risk of heart-related conditions.
  • Reduce your alcohol intake or consider quitting alcohol altogether.
If you have regular break-outs above your nose and between your eyes, your diet and lifestyle might be taxing your liver. Avoid late-night meals, eat more leafy greens, and be sure to get enough rest.

If you have regular break-outs above your nose and between your eyes, your diet and lifestyle might be taxing your liver. Avoid late-night meals, eat more leafy greens, and be sure to get enough rest.

What Causes Acne Between Your Eyes?

Any redness or flakiness in this area is linked to your liver.

  • If you are someone who enjoys eating out a lot, you may be consuming too many rich ingredients. Try to avoid too much cheese, butter, cream, and oils. Takeaways are also really high in salt, saturated fats and sugar, so try to cut it back, benefitting your skin and your bank balance!
  • Do not eat late at night! Studies have shown that the body’s metabolism starts to slow down in the evening. Try to avoid eating late at night, especially right before bedtime, as your body will not break down the food as effectively. This can lead to a toxin build-up. For optimum food digestion, you want your last meal/food to be consumed 2 - 4 hours before you go to bed.
  • If you have regular meal times, try to move your evening meal to before 9 p.m. Some experts even recommend eating before 7 p.m.
  • Love your liver by maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, eating leafy greens, avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking, and reducing your fat intake.
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Acne on your upper cheek could be a result of smoking or exposure to smoke, pollution, or bacteria.

Acne on your upper cheek could be a result of smoking or exposure to smoke, pollution, or bacteria.

What Causes Acne on Your Upper Cheek?

Your upper cheek is linked to your lungs. If you have breakouts and broken capillaries in this area, this can be caused directly by smoking and passive smoking. The air you are breathing will show in this skin on this area of your face. If you live in a highly polluted area, you are more likely to break out on your upper cheeks. Also, if you sleep on the side of your face, or use your mobile phone, germs and dirt can clog your pores and cause breakouts.

  • Change your pillowcase at least once a week.
  • Wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days.
  • Eat foods that support healthy lungs, including kale, sprouts, and pumpkin.
  • If you smoke, try looking for some support and advice to quit. Not only will your skin benefit, but your overall health will improve too!
Acne on your lower cheek could be related to poor dental hygiene.

Acne on your lower cheek could be related to poor dental hygiene.

What Causes Breakouts on Your Lower Cheeks?

Breakouts on your lower cheek can be an indication of poor dental hygiene. If you have any infections in your mouth, especially involving your gums, this will show on the outside.

  • Always keep on top of your dental health. Brush, use mouthwash and floss twice a day! Consider investing in an electrical toothbrush for optimum cleaning.
  • Aim to visit your dentist every 6 - 12 months, not only will this keep your teeth and gums in a great condition, but if there are any problems, your dentist will have the chance to spot them before they become bigger problems!
  • With that being said, don't just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment. It's beneficial to visit the dentist even when there isn't a problem!
  • Reduce fizzy drinks, sugary snacks, and make sure to get enough calcium in your diet.

What causes Pimples Behind Your Ears?

Acne along and under the ears that can be painful. Your ears are linked to your kidneys, which means that break-outs here reflect your kidney and elimination health.

  • If you are not drinking enough water or have too much salt and caffeine in your diet, this could explain acne in this area.
  • Remember, your body generally needs around eight large glasses/64oz of water a day.
  • Cut back on food with a high salt content.
  • Try caffeine-free tea and coffee.
  • Cranberry juice and legumes are great for promoting healthy kidneys.
If you break out along the side of your chin, it could be hormone-related. Acne along your lower chin, however, could be the result of poor diet.

If you break out along the side of your chin, it could be hormone-related. Acne along your lower chin, however, could be the result of poor diet.

What Causes Chin Acne?

Like many women, I break out along the side of my chin when my period is due. This area is related to hormones.

  • If you are not getting enough sleep or find yourself stressed out, you are likely to break out here too. The average person needs roughly 6.5 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Are you getting yours?

Your lower chin is also linked to your small intestine, so a poor diet or food allergies could cause you to break out in this area.

  • Look at your diet: Are there any specific food groups, such as dairy or wheat, that cause uncomfortable digestion or breakouts in this area? Try keeping a food diary to see which foods trigger the breakouts.
  • Do you eat lots oily foods? Make sure you clean around your mouth after eating to stop any buildup on the surface.
  • Daily probiotic drinks, fruits, vegetables, fish, and seeds will all help maintain a healthy intestine.
Acne on the chest or neck is usually related to stress.

Acne on the chest or neck is usually related to stress.

What Causes Breakouts on Your Chest and Neck?

Breakouts on the chest are usually due to stress.

  • Practice stress-relieving activities, such as yoga and meditation to control and reduce breakouts in this area.
  • The clothes you wear and the products you wash them in can irritate your skin and cause breakouts here too. If you've changed your detergent lately, this could be the culprit. The same goes for new body washes, body moisturisers and perfumes.
  • Asparagus, almonds, and tuna have been reported to have stress-relieving properties.
You can tailor your acne-prevention routine based on the areas most affected. Your body is talking to you.

You can tailor your acne-prevention routine based on the areas most affected. Your body is talking to you.

Take Care of Your Body and Skin!

These ways of understanding acne will not ring true for every acne sufferer, but they can be used to begin thinking about what your acne says about your body. There are many external and sometimes uncontrollable factors that cause acne. There is no perfect solution. By taking good care of your body and leading a healthy, active lifestyle, you can start to make the changes to improve your skin's condition!