We’ve all been through it. You have a big event coming up and when you wake up that morning, boom! You’re hit with a breakout. Seemingly out of nowhere and impossible to cover up, they always seem to strike at the most inconvenient of times.
As it turns out there’s this ancient Chinese method known as Face Mapping that can help you pinpoint why you’re breaking out where you are.
A couple things to remember: 1) Just because you do breakout in one area, doesn’t mean that there is something seriously wrong elsewhere. Look for the simple, immediate solution first. 2) This information is not meant to replace the advice given by a doctor. If your acne is becoming a problem, talk to your doc or dermatologist!
Okay, to the good stuff. The face is broken down into a few areas: Forehead, Brows, Nose, Cheeks, Chin and Ears.
Breakouts on the Forehead can be indicative of digestive issues. Generally, these happen because the food you’re eating is not able to be processed by the body. Things like fast food or large amounts of sugars and fats can be the culprit. Up your water intake and focus on eating whole foods and healthy fats (fish, nuts, avocado etc). Acne on the forehead can also be caused by heavy hair products, so make sure that you pin back your bangs if this is a problem area.
Pimples and zits between the brows can be caused by extra stress on the liver. Too much alcohol, fatty foods, stress, dairy and eating too late can all contribute to these breakouts. Again, up your water intake, and take a look at why you may be stressed. Incorporating yoga or meditation to help ease the extra stress you may be feeling can do wonders for this area. Lastly, make sure you’re not eating right before bed.
Your cheeks can indicate some respiratory stress and even predict gum and teeth problems. Breakouts here can be the result of not enough fresh air, over exposure to allergens, too much bacteria in the mouth and not enough water. If you’ve noticed acne here and that your teeth have been bugging you, it may be time to pay the dentist a visit! Again, look for the obvious culprit before jumping to conclusions – if you’re someone who rests their head in their hands, the bacteria on your hands could be causing acne. Make sure you’re getting out in the fresh air and washing your face after working out or spending a lot of time outdoors.
The nose is linked to the heart and circulatory system. High blood pressure or cholesterol, stress, a diet high in ‘bad’ fats and excessive amounts of alcohol can all be factors in breakouts on your nose. Incorporate some light exercise into your routine and focus on eating whole foods. Cutting back on alcoholic beverages can also help quell breakouts in this area.
The lowest part of the face, the chin, is linked with hormonal changes in the body. Whether it’s that time of the month, pregnancy or menopause, breakouts in this area mean something is off with your hormones. Outside of just eating better and drinking more water, breakouts in this area may just be apart of life. If you notice this is a chronic area for you however, getting your hormones tested may be a good idea.
And lastly, your ears can say a lot about what is going on in your kidneys. If you start breaking out in this area, take a look at how much water you’re drinking and the kinds of foods you’re eating. This is another area where heavy hair products could be the culprit, so make sure you’re keeping up with regular hygiene to see if that helps.
When it comes to breakouts, a lot of it comes back around to proper hygiene, good eating habits and getting active. If you notice that your acne is consistent and isn’t clearing up, it may be worth a trip to the doctor to see what’s going on internally!