Face Mapping: What Are Your Acne Breakouts Telling You?
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, ten years later, still suffering from occasional, sometimes unexplainable outbreaks. Face mapping and a few basic tips have helped me control and minimise many of my breakouts.
What Is Face Mapping?
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 connections those zones are believed to have with internal functions. By monitoring 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.
Breakouts on Your Forehead
Outbreaks on your forehead can be a result of toxin build-up, usually related to poor digestion and 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, you should be having at least eight large glasses of water every day.
- Minimise your intake of fizzy and caffeinated drinks. Consider switching to herbal tea, especially green tea.
- 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 effecting your digestion.
According to Chinese medicine, our nose is linked to your 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.
- Eat slow energy-releasing foods, such as nuts and oats.
- Eat less salt, more fruit, and vegetables, and maintain a healthy weight.
- Reduce your alcohol intake.
Acne Breakouts 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 cheese, butter, cream, and oils. Try eating out less often.
- 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 will lead to a toxin build-up.
- 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.
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 in this area. 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.
Lower Cheek Breakouts
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, floss twice a day, and get regular check-ups at the dentist.
- Don't just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment.
- Reduce fizzy drinks, sugary snacks, and make sure to get enough calcium in your diet.
Pimples Behind Your Ears
Acne along the ears is under the skin, lumpy, and can be painful. Your ears are linked to your kidneys, which means that break-outs here reflect kidney and elimination health.
- If you are not drinking enough water intake 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 of water a day. Throw in a few extras for good measure, especially during the warmer seasons.
- Cut back on food with high salt content.
- Try caffeine-free tea and coffee.
- Cranberry juice and legumes are great for promoting healthy kidneys.
Like many women, I break out along the side of my chin when my period is due. This area is related to hormones, so any hormonal change can cause acne.
- 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 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, that cause uncomfortable digestion or breakout in this area? It could be worth keeping a food diary to see which foods trigger the outbreaks.
- Do you eat many oily foods? Make sure you clean around your mouth after eating to stop any build up on the surface.
- Daily probiotic drinks, fruits, vegetables, fish, and seeds will all help maintain a healthy intestine.
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. Avoid perfumes and body sprays.
- Asparagus, almonds, and tuna have stress-relieving properties.
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!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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© 2011 Sarah Campbell