It’s bound to happen – you’re getting ready for a big presentation or a date and you notice a big red, screaming pimple right on the tip of your nose. I never had much acne as a teenager, but I’ve noticed that I’ve been breaking out more lately and my skin really reacts to my stress levels, diet, poor sleep habits and skin care.
It goes without saying that women at any age have to practice good skin care – washing your face every day, using the right moisturizer, decreasing exposure to the sun and making sure your makeup and makeup brushes are clean. But sometimes acne and other blemishes are more than just issues with skincare.
Acne can be your skin trying to tell you about your health.
Face mapping is an ancient Chinese diagnosis of health through blemishes on your face. Essentially, face mapping translates what your skin can be telling you about your health. It provides skin analysis by dividing the face into different regions to explain how your skin is related to the rest of your body.
Zones 1 & 3 – Digestive System and Bladder
Possible causes of breakouts and blemishes in this area are suggest that you may have digestive problems or a hard time breaking down certain foods and eliminating them from your body. If you generally breakout around your forehead, high amounts of fat, too much sugar and processed foods in your diet may be the cause. If you have bangs, check to make sure you’re not having an allergic reaction to your shampoo/conditioner.
Zone 2 – Liver
Excessive alcohol and sensitivity to dairy products are said to be a likely cause if you get breakouts in this area.
Zones 4, 6, 8 & 10 – Kidneys
This zone includes dark circles under the eyes as well as breakouts. This could be due to poor circulation, gallbladder issues, smoking and a diet high in fat. Dehydration is a major cause. Minimize alcohol and soda and increase your water intake to flush your kidneys. Salt is also not your friend!
Zone 7 – Heart
A poor diet, constipation, poor circulation and high blood pressure can be related to breakouts on your nose. Again, diet is very important in resolving these issues so focus on vegetables and fruits and cut out salt (aggravates blood pressure). External factors can be sensitivity to your makeup brush.
Zones 5& 9 – Respiratory Problems
If you’re a smoker, have allergies or any other challenges related to your lungs, this is likely the place where you’ll get acne or broken capillaries. Pay attention to your makeup as well. We tend to put a lot of makeup in this area of our faces and using makeup that’s not right for our skin or expired makeup can cause breakouts.
Zones 11 & 13 – Hormones
Breakouts in this area point towards hormonal changes and increased stress. This is my biggest problem area once a month (ovulation). If you’re on the birth control pill, that can also be a factor.
Zone 12 – Stomach
It can also mean that you’re having digestive problems in the stomach. Increasing your fibre intake and a mild detox would help.
Zone 14 – Illness
This could be a sign that your body is fighting hard against some type of bacteria or infection. Increase your immunity by decreasing your stress and eating a healthier diet with fruits and vegetables.
Where is your problem area?