While sophisticated MRI and X-Ray machines leave little to the imagination, they haven’t been around that long. Human disease and disorders, however, precede them by millennia. Instead, ancient medical practitioners have used nuanced observational diagnoses to quickly narrow down symptoms to specific imbalances within the body and help prevent or correct future disease.
The same techniques can still be used today to read the skin on your face to help determine what’s causing flare-ups or blemishes. “Face mapping” is an ancient Chinese technique used to analyze the skin in order to determine the body’s internal health. The concept dates back to several thousands of years and was used for traditional healing.
Breakouts and acne that flare up constantly in the same area could indicate what’s going on inside your body. It’s actually quite simple, the face is divided into 6 areas; the forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, and ears. Each of these areas represents a different issue, for example, unhealthy kidneys or even a hormonal imbalance.
Here are 8 areas your face may be breaking out or experiencing an issue, and what they say about your health:
1. Acne on the nose: Heart and circulatory problems
Having zits on your nose is associated with heightened blood pressure and the cardiovascular health. Get your cholesterol and blood pressure checked and focus on leading a healthy lifestyle.
Eat more fruits and vegetables, quit smoking and increase fatty acids (avocado, olive oil) to your diet. On the contrary; another reason you could be breaking out in this area is due to a build-up of makeup. Always remove your makeup at the end of the day!
2. Acne on the forehead: Bladder and small intestine problems
According to traditional Chinese medicine, issues in this area typically relate to stress and internal stagnation. Triggers include eating too many fats (trans-fats) and canned foods that affect your gallbladder. Things like excessive alcohol, sugar, and too little sleep coupled with stress, can also cause issues on your forehead.
Drink plenty of clean, fresh water, eat whole, raw foods and make sure to get enough sleep. As well, avoid all triggers such as alcohol and fatty foods to help alleviate your symptoms. Yoga and other meditative techniques can further help to manage stress.
3. Acne on the chin and jaw area: Hormonal imbalance
Blemishes on either side of your chin indicate internal hormonal changes and/or stress. Because of this, women often find they have issues in this area during their menstrual cycle.
Take omega-3 fatty acids to help regulate your hormones. Adopt a healthy lifestyle by reducing stress as much as possible. Make sure to go to sleep early and wake up early – get at least 7-8 hours each night. Practice stress management techniques like yoga and meditation and drink plenty of water while eating more leafy greens. Plus, try to eat hormone-regulating foods.
4. Acne between the eyebrows: Liver and stomach problems
Issues with your liver typically relate to an overload of toxins since your liver filters toxins from your body. Medications such as over-the-counter pain relievers or antihistamines are also hard on your liver. As well, food allergens can trigger inflammation and malfunction of the liver. Processed foods are a big issue as they are difficult for both your stomach and liver to process.
Alcohol is very hard on your liver, so this is one of the first things you need to reduce or cut out altogether. Also, avoid processed foods that are typically high in trans-fats. Eat more whole foods and make sure to exercise daily. It’s also a good idea to go outside for fresh air and get enough sleep so your body can heal and regenerate.
5. Acne on the eyebrow arch: Kidney problems
On the Chinese face map, this area represents kidney problems. Issues include such things as pimples or blemishes as well as puffiness and swollen lower eyelids and dark circles under your eyes. Overworked kidneys typically result from too much salt or preservatives, smoking, excessive alcohol, poor circulation, and/or a weakened heart.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also, reduce your caffeine intake and avoid alcohol, processed foods, salty foods, as well as sweetened drinks.
6. Neck and jaw acne: Stomach problems
Caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and fat are some of the possible causes for stomach problems. Furthermore, consuming too many spicy foods, staying up late at night, and being in stressful situations can also have the same effect.
As a result, you should follow a healthy routine from time to time and consume more fresh fruits. Also, we recommend that you spend the time with people who will fill you with positive energy. So, avoid any stressful situations as much as you can.
7. Acne on the cheeks: Lung and kidneys
Blemishes on the crest of your cheekbones, especially, may represent respiratory problems caused by allergies or smoking. Persistent overheating can also cause issues in this area, as can environmental toxins in your indoor air. People with asthma will often experience cheek blemishes. Moreover, patchiness or discoloration on the cheeks can indicate poor metabolism and low absorption of nutrients, such as folic acid and iron.
Reduce your exposure to indoor toxins such as air fresheners, candles, and commercial household cleaners etc. that studies show cause disease. Use natural products when you can and open your windows at least once a day. Stop smoking and exercise regularly outside to assure you get fresh, clean air whenever possible.
8. Tongue: Toxin buildup, lung issues
Your tongue is the first place many internal disorders will show up, so you’ll want to inspect it every day (preferably in the mornings). Circular white residue in the middle or the back of the tongue indicates a build-up of toxins in the intestines or colon, meaning it might be time for a detox.
Frothiness or abrasions at the edges of your tongue indicate a possible issue with the lungs, meaning aerobic exercise and meditation are especially important for you. If you find the outer edge of your tongue looking ridged or uneven, that would indicate poor absorption of nutrients into your bloodstream.
This could be happening because you’re eating too many processed foods, and sometimes even due to the overuse of synthetic vitamins. Focus on clean, whole foods high in vitamins, iron and folic acids.
Face mapping is a helpful exercise when you’re trying to figure out why you’re getting acne in specific areas. It allows you to address any problems you think you might have and gives you a quick evaluation of your overall health. A pimple every now and again is nothing to stress about, it’s completely natural.
However, you should see a doctor if your acne persists and you think that you might be suffering from any of the above health issues. Also, see a dermatologist who will be able to advise you further on what you can do.