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Face Mapping: What Are Your Acne Breakouts Telling You?

Updated on December 3, 2015
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 a process of dividing of 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 with acne from the age of 13, and here I find myself, 10 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 skin care 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.

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.

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 8 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.

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

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.

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.

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

  • If you are someone who enjoys eating out a lot, then 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 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.

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.

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

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.

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 extra 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.

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.

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 breakout 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.


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

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!

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      QuiinHome 8 weeks ago

      Dermalmd blemish serum is a perfect for someone who is trying to get their acne under control. It doesn't clog poreso, but it doesn't keep my face nice and soft. I use the serum humane acne wash with this. It fixed my face up in one month! My self confidence has never been this high.

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      seth anthony o'brien 2 months ago

      i love penises so u know i have pimples.

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      Alex 4 months ago

      Imtiaz Awan -How funny once in a while my father and I get them on the back of upper arms. They are not visible heads but feel slightly bulged, with a very slight tint of a white pocket under. When squeezed they almost make a sound/ vibration, pop out entirely and instantly in a short dry white glob. They are not stringy and long with continuous pressure out of a visible pore, but rather pressure bursting through the skins path of least resistance. I do not notice a specific pore or top. They are hard to identify since feeling small bulge pockets and possibly barely and slightly a white look under the skin. I have also seen these on the side and top of the cheeks on the shoulder bone under the temple.

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      MariaILieva 5 months ago

      I recently had a lot of breakouts between my eyebrows and on my chin. Used Dermalmd Blemish Serum for a few days and my skin looked significantly better. It's very strong, so I recommend only using a little bit, and maybe like once daily or every other day. Otherwise it would dry out your skin. Use a lot of moisturizer after application.

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      Imtiaz Awan 12 months ago

      I have acne on back side of upper arm. Is it serious issue? If yes, what is its treatment.

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      beautiful s 17 months ago

      I had acne right up until I was 30 years old and then I realized my acne was caused by 2 reasons:

      (1) Spicy foods - they caused me to break out. Spicy food creates inflammation in the gut—from an upset stomach and this inflammation can also be seen on the skin with acne.

      (2) Using the wrong products. I was using really harsh acne products, but my skin is sensitive! I tried all of them, and the best products for my sensitive skin were Citrus Clear's Sensitive Wash. Its strong enough to take the old off my face, but doesnt strip it. It also have that Vitamin A Retinol thing, which is great for clearing oil.

      Try both of them !

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      Michelle 18 months ago

      It's been a while since you have been on. The photos you posted up for this article, are they the same woman? The one between the eyes liver. Those are my eyes. Could be hers, but look just like mine.

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Fantastic hub on face mapping with acne! I have blackheads on my back and one or two on my head. This should help me out on how to get rid of them. Any ideas?

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      Rebecca 23 months ago

      I suffered from cystic acne and started using Apple cider vinegar with mother like this is the only thing that is worked

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      Megan-Lee Collins 3 years ago

      The space between your eyes above your nose is called the glabella :)

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      Niamh 3 years ago

      I'd just like to say thank you for this article, I'm 16 and suffer mild moderate acne and I have just bought some dermalogica face wash and creams, but now I'm going to try and maintain my diet teeth and water intake much more

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      Kat 3 years ago

      According to this article I'm doing everything wrong which is impossible because I eat very well, exercise, sleep, change my pillow case and use only chemical-free products! I've tried hormone balancing supplements and other vitamins; face masks and lemon juice and all kinds of things that NEVER work. I think there's a demon inside me that WANTS me to hate myself.

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      Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Hopefully it will help your son out!

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Glad you've found something that works for you! It can take a lot of trial and error to find what works but once you do it's an awesome feeling!

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      2-4 cups of hot lemon water sounds like A LOT! Pretty much everything I've read has always recommended 1 - 2 cups at most a day, I guess for a full system detox/cleanse it's different? Interesting!

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago

      I just started a 21-day detox cleanse of drinking 2-4 cups of hot lemon water (half a lemon per day) each morning before eating or drinking anything else. It's supposed to clean up your facial acne and improve your skin altogether.

      I get that hormonal acne on my chin all the time, but also suffer from digestive problems. Hopefully this cleanse will attribute to some improvement!

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      Goddess Nancy 3 years ago

      I have been suffering from acne around my nose for years, and it comes on and off. My skin is very sensitive, and whenever I try beauty products in a store I come away with something bad. I started using the Citrus Clear products - and I was so impressed. I use Citrus Clear Wash twice everyday, and it is helping clear out the acne. I love that its all natural too. . .Yes it is drying, but there are moisturizes that cure that

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      Dan Robbins 3 years ago from Ohio

      I will be trying this with my son and see if we can't pinpoint something. Thanks for sharing.

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      Halcyone 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, that was informative - and kinda scary! I always break out on my chin, and have always had digestive and intestinal issues...

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      violet-femme 3 years ago from Australia

      Really interesting stuff! I get the hormonal ones on the side of my chin. Was about to ask about back acne but can see other people have asked, might do a google search and see.

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      Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Ive replied to a few comments about this so I'll be writing up a hub this weekend all about it, hopefully that will help you out!

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      Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Glad you enjoyed the hub! Hormonal acne is so frustrating but at least we know it will be over in a few days! Do your best to avoid popping them. If they make you self conscious there are some great concealing techniques on YouTube!

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      Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Generally that is caused by over active sebaceous glands, just like on our face! The glands produce too much sebum and oil which clog pores and follicles. Tight, abrasive clothing and excessive sweating can all cause back/butt acne.

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      Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      If you can, try a product called 'bio oil', its great at fading old scne scars. There is also a home remedy involving lemon juice that can help reduce the visibity of acne scarring. Acne scars take a very long time to fade but you'll get there!

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      Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Im glad the hub has helped! Adult acne us much more common, if only it did end in our teens! Chocolate doesn't necessarily cause acne, if eaten in moderation! With make up it can be trial and error to find a brand that suits yiur skin type but as long as your thoroughly cleanse and remove the make up this should help stop make up related breakouts in their tracks!

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      Saloca 3 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Back acne is pretty much caused in the same way as facial acne. Your back and body have the same sebaceous glands which produce oil and sebum that block pores and follicles. Your back has more sebaceous glands per square inch than elsewhere on your body making back acne more common. Wearing tight, abrasive clothing and excessive sweating can make the back acne worse too. As for birth control, there are many different type of tablets so I would visit your dr and see about trying another version.

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      Shoeshine 3 years ago

      Yes what about back acne?

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      heatherlund 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I have the wonderful hormonal acne on the side of my chin, I always breakout around my period and when I'm ovulating. Great hub!

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      Angel 3 years ago

      P. S. I forgot to ask about acne on the back and buttocks—particularly with men.

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      Angel 3 years ago

      BTW—I have only a few acne “scars”, but some of my zits can look more like “wounds”—and take MONTHS to completely disappear. I’ve used all kinds of scrubs, peels, and regimens just trying to keep my face “clean” (thinking THAT was the problem!); but I recently received a “Dead Sea Facial Peeling Gel” that has been absolutely AMAZING! Too early to tell about my older, “white spot”; but I had been very upset over a large, flaky, “scab” on my cheek—and IT virtually vanished after the first application! (Just in time for Holiday photos!) :)

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      Angel 3 years ago

      Amazing! Just starting getting “dandruff” in my EYEBROWS (lol) and couldn’t imagine why… My doctor just added “coconut oil” to my Daily Drug Diet! I have been chronically ill for the past 25 years, with a wide variety of health issues. I can personally attest to the plausibility of the causes—and EFFECTS—listed for all nine zones. Unfortunately, I can’t do much about my poor health, but at least now I have an explanation for why I’m 45—and still getting zits! I don’t eat chocolate (lol), I rarely wear make-up, and I’m well past puberty. Yet I always seem to have at least one, somewhere, coming or going—and in assorted shapes and sizes. The most perplexing have been the latest addition of little tiny bumps on my chest. But stress? Well…that would explain it! (lol) Thanks for the enlightenment! 

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      Jackie 3 years ago

      I break out everywhere, but my worst places are my chest and side of chin. Stress is inevitable because I have a chronic illness....and the hormonal imbalances are also from that (I have type 1 diabetes). I have been taking birth control which should've controlled my acne, but nothing has changed. Even went the route of Accutane and while that cleared up my acne for a while, it's come back just as worse. What does acne on your back mean?

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      healthmunsta 4 years ago

      I used to get acne on my face and chest, and I can vouch that good diet and meditation techniques to combat stress are great ways to combat this kind of acne.

      Very helpful hub, thanks for sharing!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @vishakha thanks for the comment!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @Shweta - I have yet to find a quick fix for acne scarring, mostly it's just about patience, they will fade over time. That being said I still have some scarring from my teens and I am in my late 20s now! Using a good daily SPF moisturizer is a great place to start as sun exposure cause the scars to last much longer. There are some great home remedy face masks you can try that will lighten the appearance of the scars, such as a papaya enzyme mask which will remove dead skin cells and brighten your complexion!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @Stacy - hormonal breakouts are the most annoying but the easiest to identify, and luckily enough most will disappear a few days after your period!

      @Suw - thanks for stopping by!

      @MariahT - I have found that citrus based treatments work well for acne, especially on oil skin! Glad you had such great results!

      @brooklyn - thanks for stopping by, hope these tips are useful to your friend

      @Kate - great to hear you've had such good results! Organic cleansers are brilliant! I'm trying to go as organic as I can with my skin care and have noticed great results!

      @jamminoo9 - Im glad you enjoyed the article so much! I still find myself constantly referring back to it if I have a breakout! Multivitamins are a great idea and you can also get some fantastic zinc based products that I've heard good things about, especially with regards to anti aging!

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      jammin009 4 years ago from visayas

      Could easily relate to this article. thanks! It's very informative. I'm looking for a great product for my pimples, too. Will try a multivitamin with lots of zinc. I heard that helps a lot. =)

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      Shweta 4 years ago

      plz tell any remedy for pimple marks..........

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      Kate 4 years ago

      Great article! I love The I'm Fabulous acne cleanser , my acne has disappeared since using this organic cleanser and my skin is not dry anymore.

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      brookelyn 4 years ago

      I think my friend that looks like a cat should use these tips lol ill text her the tweet thanks

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      MariahT 4 years ago

      I had acne on my forehead and the acne started to get smaller and even the acne on my cheeks just disappeared the next morning after using the Citrus Clear Grapefruit Spot Treatment.it works faster than proactiv! Proactiv takes like 2 weeks to work but Citrus Clear works over night.

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      Suw 4 years ago

      very useful.

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      Stacy 4 years ago

      I always break out on the side of my chin or on my chin a few days before my period, but once my period is over the acne clears up, so it is a hormonal thing, I should have known!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @Kathryn I'm glad you enjoyed the article! It's amazing how face mapping works, since learning about it I find it easier to pin point the cause of my acne and get straight onto treating that particular internal problem! Thanks for the comment :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have never even heard of that. It is very interesting. Thank you for such a useful article.

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @alicetom upping your water intake is one of the easiest steps you can take to improving your skin! Thanks for the comment :)

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      Alice 4 years ago from India

      i like your hubs... i always suffer from acne.. very true it is my diet n less of water..there is never time for all that.. thank u ... very helpful. voted up!!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @thekatsmeow thank you so much! I'm glad you've found it so helpful! Thanks for the comment! :)

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      This HUb is awesome!!!! I love all the information that is included here! As someone who has had to deal with problem skin for most of my life I can tell you that this hub was very helpful. Voted up! Great content!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @nyu grad, I've been using the neutrogena grapefruit wash for about 3months and I love it! I use it every other day and it's really brightened up my overall complexion! Thanks for the comment :)

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      NYU Grad 4 years ago

      I hate those pesky pimples on my forhead and even in my 20s I still used tro have them, and it was absolutely a drag! I've tried a whole bunch of different ance products, however, the only thing that worked what the Grapefruit Glycolic Wash from Made from Earth. I think the organic products work better for me in general.

      I use this Grapefruit Wash from Made from Earth daily because it really does swipe off oil and daily debris from your face. It doesn't strip away all the oil from your face, so it doesn't dry your skin, but removes just the top layer of oil. Second, I really really love the smell of hte pink grapefruit. COmpared to other ance products, this one smells the best.

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @kitkat1141 the human body really is amazing isn't it! And it tells is what we need, we just need to know how to read it! Thanks for the comment!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @ronna I love how parents are passing this information onto their kids! I wish I had know just half of this when I was growing up! It would have made such a difference! Thanks for the comment!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @shane thanks for the comment!

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      Shane Bell 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Very interesting and informative

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      Ronna Pennington 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Very timely for me! I'm going to have my daughter drink more water. We're already eating home-cooked meals more. Voted up, interesting, and useful!

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      kitkat1141 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a very interesting article. I really believe what is happening inside our body can leave signals on our skin. I know Omega 3 deficiency can be picked up by having little bumps form on the outside of the upper arm, near the shoulder. Whenever my daughter gets those, I give her omega 3 pills for a few weeks, and they go away. The body is fascinating!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @marpi Glad you've found it useful :) thanks for the comment!

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      Marpi 4 years ago

      Thank you for this very interesting and useful hub!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @livingtwentyfirst thanks for the comment :)

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      Betty Tobiko 4 years ago from Mombasa.

      Thanks Saloca,this one was very useful.Cant say more.Thanks

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @carrie lee When I was a teenager I made the mistake of using such creams and they destroyed my skin for such a long time! 15 years on and I'm only just managing to clear up the scarring those acne creams caused! They most definatly made my acne worse and I wish I'd never used them! Used with caution they can help but most teens keep plastering the cream on day in - day out and suffer all the more for it!

      Thanks for the comment :)

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      Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

      Saloca: Interesting article :) Enjoyed the read because I suffer from acne that comes on and off since I was 12. I still get it, but I usually can predict what causes it. I use acne medication on my face, it helps but I still get breakouts. Did you know if you use certain acne medications it dries you skin out so much that your oil glands start to produce too much oil thus leading to more breakouts? Thanks again for this article :) Have a wonderful day

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @tvfor200 stress can be such a big cause of acne but most people never relate the two! Stress puts our body under so much pressure, it's bound to show in some form or another!

      I'm glad the piece held your attention and you enjoyed it so much! I hope the advice works out for you! Thanks for the comment! :)

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      tvfor200 4 years ago

      I just started with this hub stuff tonight and my mentor suggested I start by reading hubs that might interest me. Well I saw yours and having had a life of break outs I thought it might be interesting...it was. I typically get bored reading long articles or email and I have to admit your hub held my attention all the way through. Not sure if you researched face locations but I certainly will pay more attention to situations. Would also like to add, one guarantee that will cause me to breakout is Stress. It isn't particular to a certain location but rest assured the little bugger will eventually show up!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @keeley I'm so glad you've enjoyed it and found it so useful! It's amazing how our skin can tell us so much about what's going on inside our body!

      Thanks for the comment :)

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      Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Really great hub! I didn't realize different areas of your face were linked to other parts of your body when it comes to break outs. Thanks for an excellent hub with lots of useful info. Voted up and useful!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @kittykfree your very welcome! Thanks for the comment! :)

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @frozenink thanks for the comment! :)

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @SINewsome I'm glad you've enjoyed it! This is probably my favourite hub out of all the ones I've wrote so far! Thanks for the comment :)

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @cait yes, the upper lip area is similar to the chin, it tend to be issues with stomach/digestion that can cause acne in that particular area!

      Thanks for the comment :)

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @oanaboteanu thank you for such kind words! Once we know what's causing our acne is makes it so much easier to treat! Thanks for the comment :)

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      OanaBoteanu 4 years ago

      Awesome hub, thanks for this. I can relate to this hub and identify things I do that provoke those breakouts. Beautifully written, voted up.

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      Megan Sisko 4 years ago from SW Florida

      I never realized there was a connection between where you get acne and what causes it. I broke out horribly during the end of my pregnancy on my jawline/lower face and it has kinda stayed that way since.

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      Caitlin S. 4 years ago from Norman, OK

      This is really interesting. Do you know about the ones that show up by your lip, or is that considered the side of chin? I always seem to get them there.

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      Sophie Newsome 4 years ago from New York

      I love this hub! I've heard about this before, but you really break it down well.

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      frozenink 4 years ago

      Very interesting and useful. Voted up and shared! Great hub!

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      Kitty K. Free 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      @kittykfree I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment!

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      Kitty K. Free 4 years ago

      Very interesting.

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Thank you for your kind words! Though I'm not a skin specialist by trade, I do have a huge interest in the care and protection of our skin, reading and writing extensively about it and experimenting with products and methods to find out what works and doesn't! Its become a little mission of mine to understand acne and how best to treat it and pass on as much of this information as possible! For more information on skin care and acne please check out my other hubs on the subject!

      Thanks for the comment! :)

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      My acne was at its worst when I was 16 so I know how she must feel! I wish I knew then what I know now about skin care! I hope this article helps her out! Thanks for the comment :)

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      Marco Piazzalunga 4 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

      hello Saloca,

      I have absolutely to encourage my daughter to read this hub, because most likely be able to better focus its research to find the cause of hes annoying and embarrassing acne, as a sixteen.

      Thank you for these very unusual and informative tips.

      Marco

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Water helps to flush all the toxins from our system, so when we're clean on the inside it shows on the outside! Thanks for the comment! :)

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting!! I think water is a huge part of my problem. Thanks for the tips!

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      If only we could buy the willpower to not pick them! Thanks for the comment! )

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      Not much can be done about acne but I agree with you in that not picking them is key to lessening their effects. They disappear much quicker and without damage if one leaves them alone.

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Thanks!

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      Ninasvoice 4 years ago from England

      Great hub, very useful. voted up :-)

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      I'm glad you've found it interesting and helpful! Our face is a great indicator as to what's going on inside out bodies!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Ahhh that is interesting. I only get acne in one place really, the left side of my chin a few cm below the corner of my lip. After my teens I stopped getting any anywhere else, and this just started flaring up a year ago, just the one place no where else. Clearly I need more sleep and less stress!! Thanks very interesting hub

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      So interesting! I almost always get acne near the chin area a few days before my period, too. Never got breakouts on my chest or neck. I guess my stress level is not too high. Rated up, interesting and useful.

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      Saloca 5 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      So happy it's helped you out! Once we know what's causing our acne it's so much easier to get under control.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Wow - this is really really interesting. I actually was pinpointing exactly where my breakouts were occuring... and basically mine are hormonal and from stress. Fantastic hub and great job!

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      fantastic hub! thanks for sharing such useful information

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      Saloca 6 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Thanks SummerSurf! Glad it was of some use!

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      SummerSurf 6 years ago

      Useful hub ...can relate to this in a number of ways. Thanks.