What is your acne telling you?

I always knew that the once-monthly spots that overtook my chin were the result of not-so-stable hormones. However, when my dermatologist took one look at the sudden outcrop of angry zits on my nose and asked me to get my blood pressure checked, it introduced me to a whole new (actually old) science of face mapping, which is pretty much the key to unlocking the mysteries behind problem skin.

Face mapping, which is fast taking centre stage at most clinics nowadays, combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine with cutting edge dermatologists’ prescriptions to explain how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body. Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones correspond to different problems. So, with this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish but also treat the underlying health problem in time.

Pretty awesome, right? Try it out: Here is how to decode breakouts in the basic areas.

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1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

So, the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map: your skin is probably trying to communicate on behalf of the internal organs. However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just becuase you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!

Also read: What is your body acne telling you?


    1. Glad you think so 🙂 Actually it stands to reason – the skin is our largest organ so it would stand to reason that it would reflect the state of our general well being. Ask any woman who sees the dreaded zits popping up at a certain time of the month!!

      1. Hello-
        I do think this makes some Sense after having gone through some dietary changes (allergy related) and seeing skin changes but I’ve always eaten healthy. I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, I don’t eat fast or processed foods, etc… yet I see people
        Stuffing their faces with donuts and fast foods and they have crystal clear skin! That’s the part that doesn’t make sense.

        1. Everyone’s body reacts differently. For example, that’s why some people can basically eat all they want without gaining weight. This is similar for skin, just because something makes one person’s skin break out doesn’t mean it will happen to another. Eastern medicine has for years indicated diet effects skin care, Western medicine is still debating this.

        2. I disagree i have usually have clear skin once i start eating things my body isnt use to, or i consume alcohol or smoke, the pimples appear. Sometimes
          Diet isnt always the root of the problem for some people, but it is a contributing source, if you dont wash your bedding frequently it can cause breakouts, certain soaps and shampoos can cause it, many things can cause it, seeing a dermatologist is a smart idea to find out exactly what the problem is.

      1. Hi Courtney, I am not a medical practitioner but according to face mapping, this could indicate constipation, irritable bowels or too much spicy/fried food. Pls let me know if this helps!

        1. Omg this is the best comment I’ve read! I was concerned about all the pimples I’m getting on my upper lip, and the reasons you explained are so relatable to me! Thanks!

        2. I just had to leave a comment — I have been having constipation and diarrhea as an aftereffect of a surgery I had, and zits have been popping up on my upper lip like crazy! I think it’s amazing that your acne can tell you that much. Thank you!

        3. I came across this page from doing a search. I am gluten intolerant and EVERY time I eat it, I end up with painful cysts between my lips and nose area…sometimes a little to the side in the nasolabial fold as well. I was wondering if there was a facial mapping correlation but wanted to confirm it. Thank you for the information. It was helpful.

    2. I have issues with my jaw breaking and the side of my face close to my ear. My ear does too. I know some have talked about having ovarie issues but, in my case I have had a complete hysterectomy. I am 36 and just started taking HTR. I do havr hypothyroidism and stomach issues. Do you have any idea what could be causing me to breakout around my jaw and ear?

      1. Hi Jaime, I am not a doctor but have personally suffered from thyroid issues in the past and know that they really mess up your skin. Could that be the problem in your case?

          1. Hi, I have been breaking out on my neck very bad lately. I have always had moderate acne, but I have never had multiple break outs on my neck continuously for weeks before. Could this be a sign of something I need to get checked out? I have a history of polycystic ovarian syndrome but I do not know if that is related since I have never had break outs like this before 🙁

          2. Hi Lauren, I am not a doctor but my dermatologist once told me that you can break out on the neck and shoulders if your clothes or hair rubs those regions. This leads to sweat and grime accumulation, along with bringing skin in constant contact with pore-clogging synthetic fabrics or hair products. Could this be your problem?

          3. I have the same problem as you, I’ve had hypothyroidism since birth and I’m now 17. I’ve suffered from spots all over my face from a very young age, even with the highest level of levothyroxine. Acne is not one of the symptoms of the medication so if it’s not from the condition, I really need to sort my diet out! O.O

      2. Some breakout along the jaw and ear could be caused by talking on the phone. Take time to clean the phone before putting it to your face.

        1. Hi Anubha, this is a great article. I have been suffering from a really bad breakout on my jawline these last few weeks, initially i put it down to an unhealthy lifestyle and tried to clean up my diet and exercise more, it calmed down a bit but its still generally flaring in that area. I got really fed up since its seemed nothing was working and then remembered face mapping so I did a google search and found your page. The comments here given me a lot of food for thought. I suffered from terrible cystic acne in the past however my skin condition has been under a control the last few years, i know it gets exacerbated when i dont watch what i eat but jawline acne seems to be very hard totreat or predict. Do you have any tips for sufferers. I am tired of wearing tons of makeup to hide my bad skin. Thanks a lot.

    3. It is very interesting. I noticed that I would break out on my chin every month during the second week of my birth control pack. This would be the time of ovulation when hormones spike then drop. It is cool to have a correlation to the specific area too.

  1. Is there any scientific proof of such “face zones”? Where are you getting this from? Citations, links, etc – you know, standard stuff people like to see when making such gregarious claims.

    1. Um, actually it’s not my claim as such but that of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda – both of which have been saying it for some 5,000 years. In fact, it stems from exactly the same stream of thought that believes in reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture. The only reason it’s not as well known in the Western world just now is because dermatologists are (re)discovering it as we speak.

      In fact, clinical nutritionist and renowned beauty expert Kimberly Snyder has written a whole bestseller on this recently, while cutting edge brands like Dermalogica are using this method to solve customer’s skin problems. You can see that link here: http://www.jerseybeautycompany.co.uk/face_mapping.php – this is for the Face Mapping program developed by the International Dermal Institute exclusively for Dermalogica. Hope this satisfies some of your wariness about the topic.

      1. I am a practicing massage therapist/ reiki practitioner/ energy worker. I use reflexology, and would like to point out that the acne on the jawline is often correlated with the Sex Glands. I appreciate u sharing your knowledge of eastern medicine 🙂 Also pressure with (Clean) finger tips to these areas can also stimulate and detoxify the correlating organs.

        1. Hi Sugafrie, that’s really interesting and I am definitely going to try it out. Should I just press down on these areas or massage them?

          1. Sugafrie,

            I’d have to agree…the only time I’ve gotten acne on my jawline/neck were times when I had ovarian issues. I found a dermoid the first time and had to have the ovary removed. The second time I developed neck acne I found large cysts resembling hyperstimulated ovarian syndrome that required medication (In case you’re wondering how I “found” them, I’m a sonographer (ultrasound)).

            Unfortunately, most people won’t be able to “take a peek” like I can. However, if jaw/neck acne are not normal for you, I’d consider the possibility and talk with your Dr. I have actually started watching my neck as an indicator.

            It’s interesting to see the other zones and their relationship to the body…I’ll be interested to see where my next zit lands (not really looking forward to it, but will be interested.)

          2. yikes, Hun. That sounds like a terrible experience 🙁 But luckily you caught it in time given your training as a sonographer. All this makes me wonder what else our body keeps trying to tell us but we just don’t listen!

        2. I have been breaking out in my jaw/neck area for a couple weeks and I happened to find out I had an ovarian cyst taking care of itself this past month. Interesting. Ill have to keep my eye on my chin/neck to see how my cyst is doing!

      2. Good answer to the skeptic. I am an esthetician, and use face mapping everyday. I have helped many people with their skin conditions using this method.

      1. Bahahahahaha. Seriously. These tips are cool. They definitely relate to my skin. I’ll have to try some of the suggestions :] Thank you!

    2. I think you mean ‘egregious.’ Otherwise you’re saying that these ‘claims’ are ‘sociable and enjoy being around people’!!!

      Dictionaries are amazing, you should give them a try!

    3. “Gregarious claims”??? Hahaha! Gregarious means sociable/fun/outgoing. You mean “egregious claims”!

      And they’re not, by the way.

    4. Funny, “Facts,” that you have an apparent need for precision but totally misuse the word “gregarious.” Maybe you meant “precarious”…and maybe you meant also to say “when EVALUATING such claims.”

    5. gregarious |griˈge(ə)rēəs|
      (of a person) fond of company; sociable : he was a popular and gregarious man.
      • (of animals) living in flocks or loosely organized communities : gregarious species forage in flocks from colonies or roosts.
      • (of plants) growing in open clusters or in pure associations.

  2. FYI just gave you a thumbs down on StumbleUpon, and wrote a comment there, that you CAN’T remove or moderate. Bummer eh.

    1. No worry… as you can see, I wouldn’t delete any “negative” comment either way. In fact, I love that someone was touched enough by the post to react. It’s indifference that bothers me the most. So thank you for taking out the time… honestly 🙂

    2. ‘Facts’ – perhaps you should step out of your bubble and into a beauty salon sometime soon. And while you’re out in the real world, check the definition of the word “blog” and the word “gregarious” (did you mean “erroneous”?).

      Unless Anubha is claiming to be a healthcare professional, I don’t see any reason why she needs to list citations for her blogs. Those people who are interested in learning more can easily google for more information. Those who obviously have no interest in furthering their knowledge can choose whether or not to believe her, and then post nasty comments.

      Anubha – thanks for the information! It’s enlightening, and is certainly in line with my previous readings on this subject. Love the blog!

    3. ‘Facts’ – perhaps you should step out of your bubble and into a beauty salon sometime soon, then you’d realise that beauticians have been using this science to treat problem skin for years. And while you’re out in the real world, I would recommend you check the definition of the word “gregarious” (did you mean “erroneous”?).

      Unless Anubha is claiming to be a healthcare professional, I don’t see any reason why she needs to list citations for her blogs. Those people who are interested in learning more can easily google for more information. Those who obviously have no interest in furthering their knowledge can choose whether or not to believe her, and then post nasty comments.

      Anubha – thanks for the information! It’s enlightening, and is certainly in line with my previous readings on this subject. Love the blog!

      1. daydreamer, thank you so much for the clarifications and am glad to know you liked the blog 🙂 No, I am definitely not a healthcare professional and as I have already said in the post itself – this is just a general guide to head you off in an investigative direction and it best to see your doctor for a proper prognosis. Maybe that did not come out clearly enough 🙁

    4. Hmm well what makes you so upset with this page? in my opinion if you hate this page just click the back button or the exit button and move on with your life and adding hate to the world/internet doesn’t help anything. I hope you figure out a better way to spend your time in the future and stop being so spiteful.

        1. Can’t we all just get along? Now we all have acne more then before I read all these comments lol great page though I love reading these interesting information and it makes sense!

    5. It’s really sad that you feel the need to bash a defenseless blogger about something that IS ROOTED IN ANCIENT WISDOM! Not only have the Chinese been following this practice for centuries, but it’s also part of Ayurveda practices as well. Get it together, you pathetic troll. You decided to give this blog a thumbs down on Stumble, thereby slashing her traffic and giving the blog itself a poorer ranking. And why? Because you decided that there were no facts to support her “claims.” Just some advice: stop hating, start being a nicer person and stop trolling!

      1. Hi Marche, thanks so much. I have to admit that despite my best efforts, all the negativity (and you have to see some of the really abusive mails I am getting!) was starting to get me down. But it’s people like you who keep me going on with a smile. So thank you again 🙂

    6. Just because you make a mistake by trying to use big words that you don’t know the meaning to isn’t a reason throw a tantrum with”thumbs down” and bad comments. Maybe you should at the very least look at yourself before criticizing others. If your not sure of the info you read then research it before you start throwing out your comments. Anubha I think it’s great you put this out! Definatly interesting. Good job! Hey Mert Don’t let the people that have to throw out their negativity and lack of self esteem to make themselves feel superior get to you, they are nothing but bullies hiding behind a screen name! Your actions have been SOOOO pathetic Facts, I hope your a better person in life.

      1. Thank you so much, Toni. The negativity does get me down but then people like you cheer me right back up again 🙂

    7. Dear “Facts”, Quit being a jerk. If you don’t like what you read, then by all means, MOVE ON!! It must really suck to be sooooo miserable in life that you have to TRY and talk down to others who CLEARLY know more on the subject than yourself. Shame on you.
      Anubha, this was a really informational article and I found it extremely useful. Thank you for posting – despite attempts by some to discredit and discourage you. Thanks again!! 🙂

    8. Wow “Facts” that last comment about Stumbleupon seems so unnecessary. Did you only say it in order to be a jerk? Even if you did feel the need to give a thumbs down, there doesn’t seem to be any constructive reason to come back and comment about it, especially in such an ugly manner. Plus, at this point it appears the only thing you’ve accomplished is giving anubha the chance to react gracefully to your remark gaining her more support than criticism.
      I don’t normally respond to comments such as yours, but I was so impressed with how she handled your blatantly rude attitude that I felt compelled to show my support as well.
      p.s. Stumbleupon brought me here too lol.

    9. You are obviously a really angry and spiteful person. It’s sad that you have to take it out on random people that you don’t know over the internet.

    10. Very interesting. Also I noticed some negative comments on this page… don’t let them get you down! They just want to feel better about themselves for knowing what the word “gregarious” means! 😛 It’s not an everyday word, so who cares if you used an incorrect word? I bet they’ve never actually used the word themselves before XD

  3. I know this is cosmetics and what not, but when you quote something Scientific, standard practice is to have a citation (show where you got your information so non-retards know you’re not talking out of your ass). If you are indeed making it up, then by all means that’s cool. Say what you want to say. But for the sake of your integrity (if you have any), let the people know.

    1. Hi Chris, actually I have quoted the prime sources in the post – i.e., traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Unfortunately, neither have clearly definable English language texts that I could mention here but will keep this in mind for further pieces.

      1. Neither traditional Chinese medicine nor Ayurveda are backed up by research conducted according to the principles of modern science. In fact, research has repeated shown that harm can be caused by practicing such alternative medicine — for instance, a significant portion of Ayurvedic treatments contain toxic levels of heavy metals.

        I love reading beauty articles, and am constantly looking for ways to improve my beauty regime. However, I’m very concerned that bloggers backing up claims like this with no scientific grounds will lead people to waste their time and money on ineffective treatments, and in a worst case scenario, cause more damage.

        1. Hi JJ, I wouldn’t want to advocate for or against any medical school as I am neither a scientist nor a healthcare professional. However, what I do know is that the “toxic” Ayurvedic treatments are often not authentic – rather, they have been laced with unhealthy chemicals by brands who want to make a quick buck without doing proper research or spending money on pure ingredients. This is something that I definitely know from personal experience and it’s also well documented.

        2. I don’t think anything in this particular posting will cause anyone to ” waste their time and money on ineffective treatments, and in a worst case scenario, cause more damage.” All the advice is great, whether you have acne or not: eat less processed foods, drink more water, get more exercise, etc. Most people should do this anyway.

          1. no kidding, right? Like the advice of eating better and exercising will waste money and be harmful! give me a break.

            It annoys the hell out of me when people who are SITTING AT A COMPUTER take the time to write snarky comments about links and facts – why don’t YOU use google and find out for yourself? Obviously this post was not the end-of of knowledge for this type of skin care. It was a jump-off point for others who thought “how cool” to go do their own research. Take the same minute you used to type negativity and use it to learn more about the theory behind it. Here are some key words for you: “face mapping,” Ayurveda,” “Chinese medicine and skin care.”

        3. That’s not true that there are heavy metals in Ayurveda treatments (no matter what your wiki search of the subject claims). http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles/drhalpern/heavy-metals

          Has science told you that beauty products are the number one product for toxins? Just look at the list of ingredients on a bottle. Some FDA approved ingredients are know to cause cancer and are labeled as carcinogenics in other countries and outlawed.

          Wiki isn’t really a trusted source, btw.

        4. Because taking prescription medicine is more beneficial to your health? I would rather try a natural way of healing my body instead of capsule full of poison. Most doctors even admit that when you take FDA regulated prescription medicines its like “pick your poison” because you are slowly killing yourself!
          The best way to heal your body is by eating organic fruits and vegetables, free range grass fed meat and supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals. If you really do your research you can find cures for a lot of ailments through eating correctly and supplementing.
          And I am walking testament to my statements having been on several different medications at one point in my life Which had tremendous adverse effects on my health that took a huge toll on my body that I still have to deal with today.
          Natural is best!

          1. I also learnt the hard way – too may meds, too many side effects, too many horrid times and rushed scrambles to the hospital 🙁

        5. “Modern science” isn’t always a good thing. When you’re sick and your doctor fills you with more and more “modern medicine”, you just end up getting sicker. Trust me, I know from experience. The second I started using natural remedies, I not only got better quickly, but I felt better in the process. Natural is always best! Chemicals are harmful to the body anyway.
          Secondly, wasting their money? There’s no product advertising here! How is telling people to eat better, drink more water, get more sleep, and exercise a bad thing? Whatever you believe, you should be doing this anway!
          Anubha, great article, thanks for sharing 🙂

          1. FYI, modern medicine saved my daughters life. She has chronic asthma and i was using natural remedies to help her for years, with no improvement. On her final visit to hospital the doctors basically told me to stop dicking around and give her drugs – she has now been on a strict regime of steroids and inhalers for years and is doing fine now.

      2. I actually had an esthetician tell me the exact same thing a few years ago. When i said it to my dermatologist he laughed it off. But i find it to be true at least that the chin is hormonal!

    2. Chris, if you are ignorant enough to be using the word ‘retard’ in a sentence, then that is rude and disrespectful. You have no integrity for those with disabilities, and should lay off someone trying to help out people with acne.

      1. I was thinking the same thing. I love how mean and cruel people are behind their computers but would never say anything like this to someone’s face. Chris, no one uses that word anymore. If you had any class you would know this.

  4. what about the upper lip? this is the primary place where acne pops up on my face. what about back acne as well?

    1. I get a couple of zits on the lip line every year and they are both ugly and painful 🙁 According to the dermatologists, this area is related to the stomach, liver, intestines and spleen. So, spots here could be because of upsets in these regions, which can also show up as constipation, acidity or an irritated digestive system. I usually find that upping my intake of fruits and veggies (esp the fibrous kind) and staying off spicy and fried foods helps bring these zits under control. Hope this helps!

  5. To those who are skeptical – this method is actually tried, tested, and proven. I am a liscenced esthetician and this process is well-known and used in our field. It is common knowledge to estheticians that hormonal break outs happen around the jawline and chin. Also, I beleieve the author of this article made a mention of Dermalogica. Dermalogica is one of the highest rated and in my personal professional opinion, one of the best professional skin care lines on the market today. Dermalogica swears by the face mapping technique and it is very successful to help people with different skin conditions. (eg. it is very rare to say that someone is all dry or all oily or all dehydrated. Using this concept of zoning helps prescribe clients correct products based on their skin CONDITIONS vs. the types. For example, someone may be dehydrated in most zones and need a gentle cleanser and they may have acne in other zones which could call for a specialtly mask or spot treatment to conquer these conditions.)

    1. … well it obviously isn’t proven, because it certainly isn’t accurate for the spots I get.
      I never get spots when I ovulate, and I would imagine most women don’t, as this is the time in your cycle when your body makes you most beautiful. Not spotty.
      I only get spots the week before I start my period.
      And besides which, to claim that the side of your face you get blocked pores on corresponds to which ovary is ovulating is… tripe. To say the least.

      1. Hi El, thanks for taking the time out to join the conversation – I think the human body is still the least understood of phenomena and it’s always interesting to see how things manifest themselves in different people. Personally, for me, the terrible acne war starts towards the middle or end of ovulation, about 7-10 days before my period. And strangely, the zits normally are heavier on the side of the ovary that’s ovulating – I know that as I can always feel the ovulation pain every month as well so have some idea of where it’s happening 🙁

      2. You are one person among many. Just because you don’t get them when you ovulate does not say anything for the population. Your comment sounds very self absorbed, I imagine you are quite young or just immature. I don’t say this to be mean, I just hope that you realize you’re jumping to conclusions based on your narrow experiences.

        It is very widely understood that hormones DO influence acne break outs (as you mentioned with your period). When you ovulate your body has anther shift in hormones. I ALWAYS have a break out when I ovulate as well. I know it, I feel it, I even cramp. Every time. But i’m sure you’d think it was tripe that a woman can feel herself ovulate too. Well, surprise. =)

        1. Absolutely Brittany – you put it so well. Hormonal shifts keep happening through the month and not just during your periods. Which means some of us get no respite 🙁

      3. I break out EVERY month during ovulation. If it’s not hormonal then maybe you could tell me why this happens EVERY month?

        1. Feels horrible doesn’t it? Sometimes I have to plan my professional and social life around the dates 🙁

          1. Disclaimer: Not trying to lecture. Based on your About Me thing up there, I’m sure you have experienced a lot more than I have.
            So perhaps this post is meant for anyone who thinks they need to hide because they have acne.
            Having lived with moderate/cystic acne on my face/back/chest (not continually, but worse in different areas depending on stress levels, hormones, etc.) since I was in junior high, I can tell you that most people do not take notice of it on your face if you look them in the eyes when you talk to them. Seriously. If you hold their eye contact–with confidence–and at least appear that you are listening fully, they will remember the conversation, and not your zits on your chin.
            Also, we are all too busy with life to store such details ‘as who had zits where’ in our memories.
            I always tell myself, “You’re important. But in the big, wide world, you’re not important enough that everyone you meet will focus all their energy on you.”

          2. Hi Spright, I have been thinking about what you wrote all over the weekend and you are right. There are far bigger problems in the world than acne but unfortunately it’s a human tendency to focus on these problems 🙁 Wish appearances didn’t matter all the time and will try to keep your motivational words in mind!

          3. Obviously, I do not know how to use HTML tags. My apologies.
            You may remove my previous comment if you want.

          4. It’s a great wakeup call and I appreciate you for taking time and posting it… would never remove it!

      4. El, You probably ovulate about a week before your period. Most women ovulate somewhere around 1/2 weeks before their periods, depending on the person. So, your situation actually supports the accuracy of this theory.

      5. I actually get the worst of my breakouts usually including a cystic zit during the week of ovulation! The week I start my period is never as bad as the week I ovulate.

      6. I def break out on the sides of my chin every month during ovulation. Just as one side is clearing up, the other side is breaking out. Your description of the area under the nose fits quiet well also. I was teased a whole lot in my teenage years for my acne. And there are always people who decide to point out how bad I am breaking out even as an adult. There is no amount of looking someone directly into their eyes that will prevent comments being made to me. I appreciate the information you gave here.

        1. People who don’t have acne don’t understand how difficult an issue it is. It’s not just about aesthetics, there is so much more to the problem. Including actual physical pain 🙁

    1. Glad you found it interesting 🙂 Today someone told me that this sort of face mapping was prevalent in ancient Greek medicine as well!!

  6. I’ve actually heard this before from my dermatologist and have read several articles about it. Very nice post. You handle the negative comments very gracefully. I just bookmarked your blog as well, love it!

    1. Thank you 🙂 🙂 Hope you continue liking the blog. Let me know if there are any specific topics that you would like to read more about!

    2. I agree that your blog is great and you do handle all comments with more patience than I would! Rock on sister 🙂
      Ps just a thought, maybe some of these people are breaking out due to stress caused by a negative attitude.. 🙂

      1. Thank you so much Michelle 🙂 Guess it goes with the territory, though you are absolutely right – stress and negativity will always give you horrid skin 😉

  7. “Unfortunately, neither have clearly definable English language texts”

    Can you please supply the non-English texts to which you are referring?? If it’s based on traditional Chinese medicine, I know Mandarin and know someone who knows Cantonese, and it sounds like you have access to these! Please share with those of us who are truly interested!

    Do you not have any texts or articles discussing this? If so, where did you get your information? I am fine with referring to that website or text as well to see what sources they site.

    1. Hi Ashley, this one is in reply to the many, many messages you sent me. Unfortunately had no access to my comp yesterday, hence the delay (and not because I am “lying” – which I have no reason to do since I have neither invented the theory nor am selling it for profit!).

      The principles of Ayurveda that I mention here are covered in the Suśruta Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā, both of which are in Sanskrit. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any online texts for them. The Chinese school of medicine that practises this is called Mishio Kushi – again, haven’t been able to find online text for the same.

      However, these have been extensively covered in a number of publications by well known skin experts like Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life), Caroline Frazer and Kimberly Snyder (The Beauty Detox Solution). I am sure you can get them from Amazon. Besides this, the International Dermal Institute has developed an exclusive map for Dermalogica that can be seen here: http://www.jerseybeautycompany.co.uk/face_mapping.php

    2. Seriously? Why can’t you look it up for yourself? I looked up face mapping and it yielded quite a few results. It seems odd that you can’t use your own two hands to do the same. And I am guessing from the bloggers response to you that you wasted your time sending her rude messages instead of using your brain to figure it out yourself. Seriously, there should be a map for that! Ugh Anyways, here are a few I found!


      There were literally dozens more so go bother someone else!

      1. The point isn’t that he/she should have looked it up themselves, its that anyone making a scientific claim should back it up with evidence, or cite someone who can. If you made it through highschool, you should know this. Simply stating vaguely where it came from, AFTER someone asks, is not a citation. Any kind of medical claim is a big issue to tackle, and needs to be taken seriously. People believe everything they hear or read…a good reason to be careful. I’m glad this advice is harmless.

        1. Actually, I am not making a ‘scientific claim’ and have not discovered this all on my own – which is very clearly mentioned in the post. This is based on ancient sciences and unfortunately, you will find that these never come enclosed in one single text that can be checked out of the library or bought at a bookstore. It requires a degree of study and research – I have done that very intensively but not enough to write a scientific paper or claim a pathbreaking discovery. However, there are a number of well recognised experts (see names above) who have written whole books on the subject. The day, I write one of my own, will definitely keep your suggestion on citations in mind 🙂

        2. I see no reason to cite anything in this blog post. This isn’t a journal, she’s not stealing any information and passing it off as her own, and she even said in the beginning of the post:

          “Face mapping, which is fast taking centre stage at most clinics nowadays, combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine with cutting edge dermatologists’ prescriptions to explain how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body.”

          In my opinion, as well as the fact that I’m an English major, that’s enough of a citation. She’s not making an argument of any sort, so she doesn’t need citations to back it up. This is a blog which employs a more informal, colloquial method of writing; one of the very first things I learned about citations is that the less formal the writing, the less citations are going to be expected. If she was writing an article for a scientific journal or writing a paper for a class, she’d definitely need the citations, but that’s because it’s considered formal writing at that point.

          When I googled “Face mapping acne” dozens of articles came up, and none of them had any sort of citations in them. If they can get away with it, why can’t this blogger?

  8. What about just along the jaw? After stopping birth control, the jaw and 11/12 went CRAZY on me! I felt like an awkward teen, but I’m glad to know that the hormones were to blame for at least the sides of the mouth.

    1. I was blessedly free of chin breakouts for 8 years. Then went off birth control and WHAM! Within 2 months, my jawline has become the breeding ground for humungous, painful, cystic acne 🙁

    2. Since this is all clearly hormonal, as an esthetician I would advise you to pay attention to when you are having breakouts. Are they mid-cycle, during ovulation? Are they a week before your period? During? After? Or just all over the place?
      If you can pinpoint, like you are breaking out right before your period, try getting facials 2 weeks before.
      You can also try LED light therapy, high frequency, enzyme peels, and various vitamin supplements.
      Retinols are great too.
      Keep your hair off your face, wipe your phone off, don’t lean on your hands, change your pillowcase more often.
      Don’t pick! Don’t over treat either.
      Talk to a good local esthetician and talk to a dermatologist.

      1. Hi Jill, that’s such great knowledge to share – thank you!!!! I have tried LED treatments and they worked pretty well in the past. But my dermatologist says I can’t do them now as we are trying for a baby (*blush*) and they might not be safe. As for the facials, I always end up having them post-period to clean up the mess but I really like your idea of trying them two weeks before… maybe that would prevent so many clogged pores in the first place?

  9. Well… according to this, all my breakout spots are dehydration related. Guess I should really start drinking more water. >_<
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

      1. It actually is! I drank about a liter of water yesterday, and my skin had already improved a bit by this morning. I drank another liter today, and it’s a lot of water but it definitely made me feel a lot better overall.

        1. ooooh that’s great. And so encouraging. I just never manage to get enough water and then further dehydrate myself with coffee. Am going to follow your example from today itself!

  10. Wow, no way! Definitely pinning this! I have had acne on me ‘3’ spot forever and salicylic acid and retinols have never touched it – no matter what I do, acne persists there! I do have a lot of food allergies and do use dairy so I’m going to go check out my allergist and see what she comes up with! Here’s to a finally clear forehead!


  11. Love this! Real thorough research. I know that this is accurate. Ten years ago, I changed my diet and haven’t had a pimple since. What you eat really does affect your skin. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Wow! You are super-lucky! I never had zits during my teenage years but then grew up, went through crazy hormone changes and my chin now looks like an angry battlefield 🙁

      1. I was the same way, no acne really as a teen, but I do have it now.
        My esthetician has told me the same, that my acne at 11 and 12 are hormonal. I occasionally get some at 13, and seeing as I do have digestive issues that might explain that. I will have to take note next time I have a flair up. Very interesting, thanks.

  12. This is so interesting! And also very true, the problem areas on my skin match up! So great to know, definitely eating less junk food and drinking more water now! Thank you for posting this!

    1. Hi Danielle, glad this helped 🙂 In my case, the blood pressure was pretty high (160/135) so guess my nose was bang-on-target!

  13. I think it’s ironic that according to this map, the areas where I get acne will heal if I eat less sugar/meat/dairy/junkfood/fat. Haha umm. I’m vegan and eat no processed sugar or fat.


    1. Hi J, I am no expert on diets or nutrition but my healthcare contacts tell me that vegan diets can lead to certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies – which, in turn, would mean a bad case of acne. Again, don’t know if this is correct or not… it’s just a thought!

    2. No fat in your diet? That could very well be an issue. As a vegan, I”m sure you are well aware of careful you have to be with your diet. Are you easting nut butters? Also, I’m surprised you don’t embrace a more natural way of life, since most of my vegan are very skeptical of our society’s quick rush to prescribe medications. There are a few herbs that can really help with acne without the side effects of antibiotics.

      1. Hi Laura, you are so right – we just forget that every food group has a role to play in our body, including the much-villified fats. Without them, the body just won’t function properly. According to Ayurveda, every element is good… it’s just when we can take anything to excess or completely cut it out that the process becomes unhealthy.

  14. This is very interesting, thank you for posting!
    To the negative commenters: stop being lazy and expecting to have all of your issues solved in one blog. If you are interested, keep researching; if not, don’t. It’s that easy. I don’t understand everyone’s need to hate on everything.

  15. Love all this information, I’ve had skin issues for some time now and this all makes perfect sense. I have issues on my cheeks, and chin, and yes, I was up until 2 months ago a pack a day smoker. I did notice since I quit a difference, but I just assumed it was the sun. I think this idea is great and will continue to read your blogs! You did better than I would ever have with the negative comments above! Keep it up!!

    1. Thank you, Katie 🙂 Let me know if your skin continues to improve and kudos on quitting the smoking. How did you manage? I have been trying to get my best friend to quit forever but she just keeps slipping back 🙁

  16. Thank you for posting this information – I, for one, found it very interesting.
    According to this, all my acne is the result of dehydration… Which is probably true, because I hardly ever drink water :/
    Anyway, I’d just like to mention that I love your attitude.
    And for the record, I’m betting that most of the hate posts are from one source. 🙂
    I’ll try drinking more water and see if it helps.

    1. I would go days without having a drop of actual water – honestly! Till the time I got the world’s most painful kidney stones and now I make sure to have at least 10 glasses a day. And my skin has clearly felt the difference. Don’t know if it will work for you but I just keep 2 bottles on my desk. It’s easy to drink when the stuff is on-hand all the time!

  17. I’m having trouble understanding why all these people are demanding “scientific evidence.” So what if these tips don’t even work? Will it cost you anything to drink more water? Will you be scarred for life if you try eating *shock, horror!* more vegetables? What if you quit smoking and your zits remain? How unimaginably dreadful that would be.

    If you need your entire life to be governed by scientific proof you might as well just stay in bed. Except there’s probably a study somewhere that shows that’s bad for you, too. Excuse me if I have better things to do than locate references for it.

  18. I really liked this article and found it extremely interesting. I also think you’ve handled any criticism graciously and it reflects well on you 🙂

  19. I just have to say that this is one of the most informative posts that I have read about skin care thus far. I appreciate your professionalism and passion for the subject. To all the naysayers, get a life.

  20. If I were you Anubha (and any other positive thinkers/commentators) just ignore the negative feedback because they clearly are too small minded to go out there and do the research themselves, let a lone try and make a difference to someone else’s life like Anubha is making an effort with. Acne can be a very difficult and upsetting condition to live with especially for teenagers and young adults where many other stresses are a part of their lives.

    Anyone can understand that the key information to take from this post is to LOOK AFTER YOUR BODY and be grateful that you’ve been given one to look after, drink plenty of water to flush out toxins, eat a good balance of fresh fruit, meats, dairy, vegetables, carbs etc and don’t overload on just one food group, back off the crappy saturated fats and processed foods that are full of preservatives that plain and simply are not good for your system!

    Sure treats are allowed like the odd binge on chocolates, cakes, whatever! But when you do, do it lightly and make sure to stock up on the “good for you” stuff later or just sit there waiting for that nasty/painful break out to happen.

    Anubha is trying to tell you to just be more aware of these warning signs your body is giving you and cut out the junk living.

    Of course if you do live a relatively healthy lifestyle and are still unfortunate enough to get acne then it’s possible that the acne is due to genetics, hormones, or some other cause which can only really be diagnosed by seeing your doctor who can advise you on some treatments and advise you to do a long term “trial and error” regime.

    Naturally getting rid of acne will take a long time .. so if something doesn’t seem to be working be patient, it can take weeks for a difference to appear.

    Anyway most of that is opinion and years of researching via the web and my own trial and error regimes in effort to try and rid myself of acne. Started when I was 16 and I’m now 20, and just saying in my experience drinking ludicrous amounts of water a day, eating lots of fresh fruit, veg, and tuna, certainly helped minimise the amount of acne I have. It’s been a long time to figure this out but hopefully this will help someone out there if they don’t know where to start.

    Good luck to those who are suffering with it and I hope you eventually get clear 🙂

    1. Thanks Karly… your post is so encouraging. It’s hope that we can actually rid ourselves of this blasted thing! I went out and bought a bunch of green veggies and fruits to make smoothies today – am hoping that helps these 4 monsters residing on my chin right now when I have a huge event to attend 🙁 Btw, do you blog? You have such a great writing style!

      1. Aw thank you! I don’t have a blog unfortunately I don’t really get much free time to dedicate to such a thing but I’m hoping to start one soon about travelling. I hope that the world could be rid of acne to be honest, I reckon it would solve so many other underlying issues that it causes people to have like depressing and anxiety.

        1. Will look forward to reading it! I love travel blogs – they tell you about a destination like nothing else can. Pls send me a link when you launch.

  21. Great information! I printed to keep in my bathroom. Next time I have a problem breakout I can refer to this guide and fix it promptly.

    Thanks for such a great blog!

    1. Yay! That’s exactly what I have done here – pinned it to the mirror! Today I could feel the little monsters creeping onto my skin and I have been having lots of acidity. So went out and got green things to make smoothies. Keeping fingers crossed now!

    2. An excellent idea! I’ll definitely be putting this up in my bathroom for reference.

      Anubha, I learned not too long ago my breakouts on my chin were hormonal and I figured out some breakouts were due to drinking too much coffee. When I cut back on that, some breakouts cleared up. However, I did not realize the rest of my body was connected to other breakout areas. Thanks so much for the info. I’ll be following your blog from now on, so I don’t miss out on anymore helpful info!

      And I agree, you’ve handled the negative comments very well.

      1. ooooh coffee… the one indulgence I just can’t seem to give up 🙁 Though my dermatologist always tells me that caffeine leads to buildup of toxins in the body and these then, of course, plague the face! Sometimes, I feel like it’s my body’s way of getting my attention – one can ignore what’s going on inside but it’s much harder to wish away something that stares you in the mirror everyday! Thanks for the follow – I hope you continue to enjoy reading the blog!

  22. What a great post, I always suffer from the occasional acne so its great to have some new ideas to try.

    After reading some people’s comments I certainly can’t see how trying these ideas and looking after yourself better is a waste of time and do not understand how this would make the problem worse. Whether it improves your spots or not a healthier and fitter body is certainly always desired by me!

    Thanks for the ideas 🙂

    1. Glad you liked them 🙂 And ironically, my skin turning bad is what actually put me on a straight and healthy path. So you are right – it may be a blessing in disguise for the long term.

  23. I have been a licensed master esthetician for over 6 years now, and face mapping is something we learned about in school. It definitely is not an absolute- “if you have acne in this area, it is absolutely caused by _____”, but more of a “if you continuously break out in this area, try checking into these other reasons.” But it is definitely real thing! They have hand mapping and foot mapping too, so why not face mapping? Like I said, I was taught this in skin care school 6 years ago- it’s definitely real.

    1. Hi Trisha, thanks for the endorsement!!!! And is that your baby girl in the photo? She is sooooo cute!!

  24. My scientific proof is my freaking face. It all jives. As I read and looked at the face I just kept nodding.

  25. Very interesting. I am convinced diet causes many skin problems. I had a B12 deficiency that was wreaking havoc and now that I am receiving monthly shots everything is so much better. I was just reading an article yesterday about how many people have magnesium deficiencies and don’t know it and what problems it can cause. Many of us eat poorly (including me) and we eat so many processed foods. We dont realize how it effects our bodies over time. I have made a concerted effort over the last few years to research and eat healthier and have been amazed at the difference it has made. Thanks for the info sweet lady. 🙂

    1. Thank you Lisa for the lovely compliment 🙂 Are you taking Neurobion injections? They are painful, aren’t they?

        1. Donna, absolutely. And I wish this gave me the willpower to eat healthy all the time but that just doesn’t seem to happen 🙁

  26. I had severe breakouts along my jawline for some time and I couldn’t deal with it anymore so I went to go see a dermatologist. Within first look, the dermatologist referred me to an OBGYN because it was hormones related and she thought its something I need to go get checked out there. So with confidence I can say that this post #11 & #12 is right on the money ^^ Great post!

    1. Thank you 🙂 And strangely, both my OBGYN and dermatologist told me that mine would clear up immediately after conceiving a baby. My husband decided its better to live with an acne-riddled wife!!!!

  27. Thanks so much for sharing, very interesting. However, I was wondering would pimples directly below the right side of my nose be under number 6 or number 9, or neither?

    Thanks 🙂

  28. I think that your post is very well written and informative! When a Dermalogica rep came to my cosmetology school, we discussed Face Mapping, and when I applied what I learned, it made perfect sense. When I eat more junkfood, I have acne in the zones that correspond to that. When my hormones are going crazy, I break out along my jaw. Same for dehydration, etc. So even without lots of links and Sanskrit texts, I’m inclined to believe it. 😉

  29. I just started studying Ayurveda for an online class I’m taking and stumbled upon your cite tonight (what a coincidence!) I am very grateful you posted. I have been having persistent breakouts on the jawline the past few months and may have finally narrowed down the culprit. I’ll give your remedies a try.

    Thank you!

    1. Glad it helped 🙂 Any Ayurvedic remedies that you have come across for this? Would be really interesting to know!

  30. Craziness …

    I’ve been *trying* to lose weight. We’ve (dh & I) have been working towards a healthier, more natural lifestyle. I noticed that over the past few weeks if I eat junk food — my skin breaks out in 1, 2, sometimes 3, 4,5 and 13. This is one more reason to stick to healthy habits.

    I’m pinning this map and your blog. Thank you for your style and grace under pressure.


    1. Hi Autumn, I try to be patient because stress will just freak my skin out further 😉 As for losing weight… sigh! Why can’t we drop pounds with chocolate and chips and put them on with green tea and steamed veggies? Life would be so much easier then!

    2. Your diet is key to good health! Wheat Belly is a good book, and look for low acid-high alkaline foods and you will notice a remarkable difference. I am not wheat intolerant, but I gave up wheat and it made all the difference in the world.

  31. Wow this is a great graphic of what I know to be true from my own experience. I’ve had severe acne for 13 years with a few brief breaks when I was on birth control, eating right, and detoxing regularly. Thank you for posting this! Needed the reminder! Badly need to get back on track and hopefully my skin will too :). God bless!

    To all the negative commenters, it’s always helpful to get to know your own body. The best doctors will tell you to learn your own body and how it responds. If you pay attention, I’m sure you will see that your body responds similarly to the information given.

    1. Hi Bethany, thank you so much 🙂 Some of the worst illnesses I have had have been caught in time because of the way my body has manifested it externally. And, actually, thank God for that!

  32. I thought this was a really neat article. I’m a massage therapist. In school we learned a lot about Eastern practices, but this one never came up. It’s fascinating! Also, I think the commenters that are demanding you to cite your work are seriously annoying. This is a blog post. It’s not a scientific journal, or a text book on dermatology. You are not writing a research paper. You didn’t make any wild claims. You learned something interesting and shared your thoughts on the topic. The people who criticized you for not posting references should be looking elsewhere for their skin care. You answered each one very gracefully. Kudos!

    1. Thanks Tammy, it’s so lovely to get messages like yours – definitely keeps the spirit up when I need it the most 🙂

  33. According to this, I’m constantly ovulating from both ovaries! Seriously though, I think everyone knows that acne on the jawline is hormonal. That’s nothing new…. but there’s no solution to it!!! Well, I should clarify by saying that there is no “safe” way to solve it. I refuse to put a bunch of chemicals on my face to clear up acne.

    My acne doesn’t come and ago – it’s just always present. And I’ve tried just about everything possible to get rid of it.

    1. I agree! Some docs suggested Accutane – I know that works wonders but am reluctant to try it because of the after effects.

  34. this is amazing I’m having fun reading this since I got acnes all the time.. Deaths are coming but there are newborns I hate it… hahaha this is a nice post.. love to read this…

  35. Couldn’t be more spot on (haha no pun intended) for me. What a wonderful article. Thank you for posting it! Will certainly be re-pinning this for all my friends and family to see!

  36. Interesting article! I always get them on the right and left side of my chin! Kudos to you:) Check out my beauty blog…cyberta.blogspot.com

  37. This is great! I looked into face mapping a year or so ago and found a less detailed version of what you’ve posted. I posted about it on my own skincare blog. : ) And my personal experience has backed up the old school knowledge.

  38. Water… *sigh*… I knew I needed to drink more, and this is definitely incentive to do so.
    I cut sugar out of my diet (the processed kind anyway) almost entirely about three months ago and the difference I’ve seen in my acne is amazing. It cleared up right in the zones that the “facemap” predicted.
    I ran out of my vitamin B supplements about two weeks ago. Presto: nose acne.
    It’s pretty neat to see some of the things I’ve observed myself laid out in a really clear way.
    I just stumbled on your blog today, and I really like it. I’m especially impressed at how you deal with unkind comments. You’re definitely graceful under fire.
    I just hope I can emulate you when my blog starts getting more attention.
    Thanks for this blog post!

    1. Thank you 🙂 And I loved, loved, loved your blog! You have a way of painting word pictures that just draws one right into the scene. This one is definitely going to go very, very far!!!!

  39. Aren’t these remedies just common sense, though – eat a balanced diet, avoid stress, and drink water?

  40. Very interesting article! It does seem to match up, I always get breakouts on my chin/jawline at specific points in my cycle.

    Would you happen to know what acne on the back indicates? I’ve had some nasty cystic pimples on my upper back recently, despite keeping my hair up, showering immediately after exercising, changing my bed sheets frequently, and using a salicylic acid treatment. None of the answers I find elsewhere on the web seem to quite explain how to get rid of these pesky buggers… Help?

    1. Hi Camille, that’s actually exactly what I am researching right now so will have a more detailed answer for you soon! Till then, I believe that if you only break out on your back and chest, it could be from clothing (synthetics trap body heat and cause breakouts – pure cottons or silks will help if this is the case) or perfumed soaps. But if you break out there and on your face, it could be lung and respiratory issues. Have you had a cold or other respiratory infection? If not, try to get some fresh air and breathe deeply a few times a day. And let me know if this helps!

  41. I have a great deal of acne on my jawline and I get microderm abrasion done at my dermatologists office every two weeks. They have mentioned to me numerous times that a hormonal imbalance is causing it….which is exactly what your blog suggested. I also have developed breakouts in the center of my forehead, which is rare for me. However, I’ve been very busy this summer with social events and I’ve done a lot more drinking than what’s normal for me. This area being related to the liver makes perfect and complete sense to me.

    I very much enjoyed reading the blog.

    1. Thank you 🙂 Does the microderm help? I have been wondering whether to go that route so would love to know your experience.

  42. Wow i cant believe how this is right on with myself and my friends i talked to about it:) i totally think this is true 🙂 ignore the negative nancys.. God bless..

  43. Finally! Let’s talk about Chinese Medecine! Amazing post. Anything on acne in other areas like back and chest? It is rare but at times I get break outs and then getting them back under control is nearly impossible! 🙁

    1. Thanks 🙂 About the back and chest – that’s actually exactly what I am researching right now so will have a more detailed answer for you soon! Till then, I believe it could be from clothing (synthetics trap body heat and cause breakouts – pure cottons or silks will help if this is the case) or perfumed soaps. But if you break out there and on your face, it could be lung and respiratory issues. Have you had a cold or other respiratory infection? If not, try to get some fresh air and breathe deeply a few times a day. And let me know if this helps!

  44. I’m a 37 year old Mom, and I have hormonal breakouts on my neck jawline. This chart is very accurate, and my derm verified the hormonal theory. I don’t get the whole uproar, as is science telling you how many toxic chemicals your loading on your face that are FDA approved? How much mercury and preservatives are in your shots and vaccines? Puhleeze, I’ll take anciet wisdom over science anyday.

    Great blog, and I’m glad I found it. Please don’t hesitate to post more natural/holistic articles. Ignorance should never prevail.

    1. Thank you so much Laura, for this one and your other comments. They really helped re-affrirm my faith in natural medicine. I believe nature is the best teacher and though have nothing against conventional meds (and do turn to them for so many things), somehow traditional schools just seem to be too misunderstood for all the wrong reasons. Please let me know if there is anything in particular that you would like to read about!

  45. Hi, I enjoyed reading this! I have bookmarked it to show my daughters who have breakouts, I’m sure they will find it interesting to know why they breakout where they do, when they do.
    Thanks again

    1. Hi Sue, glad you liked it and I hope it helps your daughters even if in a small way. How old are they?

  46. I found this very interesting. Mine show I need more water which I’ve known I need to drink more. My goal is a gallon a day but with my busy life I tent to forget to drink it. Also wanted to say you handle otgers negativity very professionally. Great blog Thanks.

  47. Wow. I have one in spot 12. Makes uber sense as I AM ovulating AND I only have 1 ovary which is on THAT side. How neat!

  48. Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace
    group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Cheers

  49. Sorry but I’m calling B.S.
    Unfortunately for you, you do need facts to claim that pimples could be a result of liver problems.
    It is common knowledge that keeping hydrated and diet helps with acne, no one needs “face mapping” to tell them that. It is also common knowledge that hormones cause acne, the reason we all break out in our teens.
    The problem with making a seemingly innocent post about alternative medicines, without proper scientific evidence to support it, is that is gives people the wrong idea. People could end up self-diagnosing potentially serious health problems and not getting proper help. Also, when alternative medicine fads catch on, you end up with companies making products to support the theories and people get ripped off.
    Example, “toxin flush” products are terrible for your body and provide only a placebo effect, yet thousands have tried them because they are convinced they are filled with “toxins”. Diet pills that contain harmful substances are sold to people that believe a magic pill will help them lose weight.
    My point is that if the only source you have for this is ancient Chinese texts that you haven’t read, but taken word from another article (in which the author also has no real supporting facts), then you can’t present this to people the way you did, because they are going to believe it (obviously by reading the comments, people already believe it).

    Obviously, you hit the pintrest/StumbleUpon jack pot because no real journalist or even serious blogger would argue with people about the validity of the article in the comments section.

    Not to mention, I’d take modern medical science over a 5000 year old Chinese text. Tell me what other medical practices we still take seriously today that were that old to begin in with? Blood letting? Wait that was only a few hundred years ago…

    1. Um Nick, I have just spent the weekend hospital-sitting a friend who has acute liver failure after self-medicating with steroids to treat knee pain, so I guess that risk runs with all schools of medicine. That said, I have been very clear that these are only guidelines and you absolutely need to consult with a doctor before embarking on any course of treatment.

      As for believing or not believing a 5,000-year-old school of medicine, well that’s an individual prerogative. In my experience a lot of extremely well qualified doctors hold these in high esteem. Besides, both Chinese medicine and Ayurveda are actually based on very sound scientific principles. In fact, did you know that the earliest reference to Type 2 Diabetes comes from the Indian physician Sushruta in the 6th century BC? And actually I have read the Ayurvedic texts in original, so it’s not hearsay.

      Also, you are absolutely right – I believe that water and healthy eating are both good for the skin. Unfortunately, though, a lot of contemporary medicine insists that there is no link between acne and diet. So, as I said, many minds many opinions!

      As for the “real journo” part, my last jobs have been: Managing Editor, Vogue (India); Beauty Director, Marie Claire (India) and Beauty Editor, Cosmopolitan (India). Though these might not seem “serious” enough, I can assure you that working in fashion or beauty is not always fluff and fiction. And, in any case, please do read the report of the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, which gives grave evidence that one in seven Medicare beneficiaries who are hospitalised, will be harmed as a result of the medical care they receive in the hospital. That’s not to say modern medicine is bad – I turn to it all the time. It’s just that pros and cons run through every school.

      And no, I don’t believe in blood letting but then I don’t believe in Hormone Replacement Therapy either and that’s definitely a modern invention.

      If you came here through Pinterest or StumbleUpon, I am very thankful to them but this blog has been doing pretty well on its own for the last three years otherwise as well. But I do hope the social sharing sites will keep bringing you and others back here for lively discussions and debates 😉 .

      1. In your reply to my comment:

        “Unfortunately, though, a lot of contemporary medicine insists that there is no link between acne and diet.”

        In your article:

        “Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.”

        “Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy.”

        “Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed.”

        “eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice.”

        “eating leafy veggies ”

        “drink herbal teas”

        Weird, so you admit there have been studies done saying diet plays a small role (actual scientific studies) on acne, yet in the article you wrote yourself you deny these claims and advise people what foods can help avoid acne? And not only what foods, but even more ridiculous, what precise area of the face?

        You’re kidding, right?

        Your logic coincides perfectly with a group of well-known philosophers, instead of going into detail, I’ll just post a link for everyone here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-agl0pOQfs

        1. I understand you said people have different “opinions”, the only problem with that statement is that some opinions are actually conclusions derived from scientific research, other opinions are taken from a beauty product manufacturer’s website that are losely based on ancient Chinese texts that can’t even be cited.

          You write the type of “journalism” I would expect to read if I picked up a Vogue, Marie Claire or Cosmo magaz… wait……………………..

          1. One last thing

            “In my experience a lot of extremely well qualified doctors hold these in high esteem.”

            I’d like to know the names of these people, so I can find out if you are lying.

            “And, in any case, please do read the report of the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, which gives grave evidence that one in seven Medicare beneficiaries who are hospitalised, will be harmed as a result of the medical care they receive in the hospital.”

            I’d also like to see this report, and find out what “harmed” means exactly, and what “hospitalized” means exactly. Harmed? Or misdiagnosed. Hospitalized? Does that mean emergency room hospitalization, or walk in clinic visits?

            So instead of being hospitalized, and having a 7 in 1 chance of recovery, you’re saying I should go to your house or your science buddy’s house instead because your alternative medicine is better?

            If I get mugged and shot, I think I’d rather be at a hospital, no offence.

          2. Hi Nick, I actually debated whether to post your comments on the blog or not – not because they are against what I have written (as you can see with all the comments here, I actually welcome different points of view), not because it’s insulting without cause and not even because it takes so much out of context and completely ignores every single thing for which you can’t even make illogical arguments. I did not want to post them here because they are offensive to anybody who believes in traditional sciences, they are strangely also offensive to everyone who believes in modern sciences, they are offensive to those who work in the beauty and fashion industries and… well, the list goes on. In short, they are basically an insult to anyone who does not agree with your point of view – and oh! We don’t seem to have your credentials here? You seem to be quite an expert on these subjects – would you mind sharing the basis of that with us “liars”?

            Anyway, for the last time, I decided to let this through because I still believe in freedom of speech. I have nothing against modern medicine and turn to it all the time myself. But I do like finding a balance in my life, so I keep exploring other possibilities as well. To sum it up: No, I won’t give out names and contact details of my doctors as that would be invading their privacy. However, if you run a simple Google search, I am sure you will find enough in whatever area you are based. If you don’t want to do that, please go ahead and assume I am “lying” – it’s perfectly fine. Also, you can find the report of the Office of Inspector General online everywhere as it’s a public document. Pls search or deny as you see fit. As for the mind-body, diet-body, diet-skin, body-skin connection, I have only said “a lot of contemporary medicine” and not “all of contemporary medicine” so yes, it’s still a matter of opinion till every single doctor and scientist in the world reaches a consensus either way. And oh! Wasn’t it you who earlier said that diet played a major role in acne? Uh?

            I do hope that neither of us ever gets shot. But if I do manage to catch a bullet, will definitely let you know my course of action 🙂 And thanks so much for the very entertaining YouTube link – music is always enjoyable 🙂 Here is a link to the song I love best and which in a way encapsulates my favourite approach to life. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed listening to your selection 🙂

  50. I would never have thought that so many other areas of ur body could effect the face! Ur awesome for this info. 🙂

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  52. Love this post, very interesting. It’s always helpful for me to have as many reminders as possible to be eating better and treating my body better!

    ps. Although you had some “hecklers” replying, I respect the way you handled yourself. Very classy! If only people could think/research before they open their mouths! All in all-fantastic post. I will be reading more from you.

    1. I agree. Right on! I considered responding to Nick and his pigheaded views, but decided to take the higher road and let him ramble. We’re not going to change his mind, and he is not going to change ours!

  53. I have referred back this chart everyday since I found it on Pinterest. I have been having a chronic pimple in the #12 spot ever month at the start of my cycle. I was getting a little concerned by it, but it’s nice to see it it’s truly just a hormonal thing.

    Also, I wanted to commend you on how you handle your critics with posh and grace. I couldn’t have. lol Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  54. The acne on my chin and jawline does flare up with that time of the month, however it doesn’t seem to go away. The areas are still reddened and ugly. I feel like if it is stress, then it’s probably permanent. ):

    This is a great guide. All of the advice makes sense. I just wish I had the taste for more vegetables as surely they’d help.

    1. I know how you feel as my skin behaves in a very similar manner 🙁 And veggies… sigh! I don’t know why they can’t taste more like chocolate or a chilled Cola!!!!

  55. I totally agree with commenter Joy, drinking more water isn’t going to cause any adverse affects, so why not? And I personally have definitely noticed a direct link in my diet to acne, when I cut out dairy and refined sugar, my skin improved vastly and did a hell of a lot more than any topical treatments. Believe me adult acne is no fun so I’ve tried everything, every drugstore and department store facial cleanse/tone/moisturise system, Proactiv, even topical treatments prescribed by dermatologists and very, very painful vitamin A peels and nothing has helped my skin more than adjusting my diet.

    1. Hi Jeanne, completely with you on this – adult acne is horrid! Sometimes, I find myself wishing that it had happened to me during the teenage years, when everyone is at least suffering equally 🙁

  56. I’ve been on the birth control shot for about 3 years. It seems that the longer I’m on it, the more I break out. (Although, I don’t want to get off of it yet…defintely not ready for kids!) I always break out along my jawline area, as well as areas 11 & 12 (basically the lower edges of my face and around my mouth); however, lately my breakouts seem to by cystic-like and I cannot figure out how to treat them. I’ve been on many drugs and have used quite a few topical gels. Do you have any recommendations? Anyone?


    1. I have some stomach issues, as well. It’s IBS, but I take medication for it. I know you’re not a dermatologist, but do you think this could be affecting these areas…or have any relation? Love this blog and all the comments!!

      1. In my experience and according to all the docs I have consulted, a sluggish digestive system and acidity will definitely show up on your face in one way or the other. After all, the skin is our biggest organ and it sort of makes sense that when the body gets toxic, it tries to clean itself up by purging all the stuff through this medium.

        And thanks for the thumbs up 🙂

    2. This time my dermatologist told me that my hormonal imbalance has reached a level where I need to either get pregnant (not happening right now – not ready!) or go on Accutane (again, not happening as I do want to have kids at some point and don’t want to take a risk with something that’s known to cause serious congenital defects). So, I feel your pain. Anyone out here knows a solution… pls help!!!!

  57. this post really helped me. all the areas where i have breakouts seemed directly linked to the reasons mentioned. i’m working on changing those habits. i’ll also be following this from here on out.

    oh! and stumbleupon brought me here.

  58. Yeah, I guess that makes sense. Thanks for your thoughts! 🙂 I’ve always been told that accutane would be good for me, but the side effects just worry me a lot. Hopefully I’ll find something to work soon! If anyone has the same issues, please let me know if something has worked for you. Good luck to you, anubha!

    1. Thank you kram 🙂 And yes, if anyone has a less worrying alternative to Accutane pls do suggest! I do want to have kids at some point in my already-crazy life and am really worried about the congenital defects its known to cause. Plus I suffer from clinical depression, so can’t tolerate this med anyway 🙁 Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this!

  59. Thanks for this information! A couple of weeks ago I had acne on my neck – never get it there – and ended up sick with a pretty bad sinus infection.

    This was really interesting – thanks for taking the time to post it.

    1. Glad you liked it, Kelley! And hope the sinus infection has cleared up now… my hubby gets them and feels miserable whenever one strikes 🙁

  60. I found your information very interesting; thank you for sharing. I fear I will always suffer from chin acne and visits to multiple dermatologists have resulted in every single one telling me it was hormones. So I know at least that part is correct. All the suggested remedies are helpful for general wellness and could not be harmful to anyone. The negative comments you received are ridiculous, however you have handled all of them with class. Again, thank you for sharing your information!

    1. Hi Melanie, thanks for the words of encouragement – they are really needed! I have also resigned myself to a life of chin acne. And have suddenly started getting terrible ones on my cheeks as well but then also have extreme acidity right now, so guess that’s par for the course 🙁

  61. This is just what i needed. I have printed this out and it now has a special place onm y wall so iknow what i need to do when i get spots! I suffer with spots on a regular basis so something like this is sooooo helpful. Thank you for this 🙂 Am a very happy woman

    P.S. Well done on previous posts. How you handle negative and harsh posts is very satisfying, knowing their unresearched/unthought comments are getting their cupnunce.

    1. Glad you liked it and hope it helped! I have mine stuck on the mirror… efficient when you have a new zit popping up every single day 🙁

  62. I never had acne until i started smoking. and wouldn’t you know it , I get acne now in the spots correlated with respiratory issues. Thanks for highlighting the different areas I now have even further reason to quit smoking. 🙂

    1. Hi Callie, I keep nagging my best friend to quit smoking for that reason!! Let me know if you succeed, it will be further ammunition for me 😉

  63. First, I’d like to say it’s ridiculous that people are coming on here and insulting this or making fun of it. Why are we making fun of what someone else believes? Just because it’s Chinese medicine and not USA medicine, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any truth behind it. Be more open people!

    I think it’s a great thing to think about! Our body is constantly doing things to tell us when something is wrong, why would acne be any different? I bookmarked this because I think it’d be a nice reference! It doesn’t hurt to try new things, especially when nothing on this list is harmful. Eating healthier and drinking enough water doesn’t sound like a bad thing to me!

    I do have one question though! Does 14 include the jawline area? I’ve never really had any issues with acne but I occasionally get some pimples along my jawline.

    1. Hi Louy, thank you so much 🙂 It’s people like you who keep me going – else I do admit that the negativity does get me down. What I do find interesting is that 99% of all these comments come from people who don’t want to reveal their name and identity. That said, I will continue to publish all comments – good or bad – because I believe that blogs should be fully transparent.

  64. Thank you so much for posting, this, it made complete sense. I’m going to focus on the root of the problem, now.

  65. Thank you for this post! While I’m not sure if true or not, It definitely helps for those of us who have been dealing with acne for close to ten years. I know for a fact I do not drink enough water so I am definitely going to try to drink more now that I have an idea that it might help my acne. I know this blog is about face mapping, but any thoughts on back acne?

    1. Thanks 🙂 Back and chest acne is exactly what I am researching right now so will have a more detailed answer for you soon! Till then, I believe it could be from clothing (synthetics trap body heat and cause breakouts – pure cottons or silks will help if this is the case) or perfumed soaps. But if you break out there and on your face, it could be lung and respiratory issues. Have you had a cold or other respiratory infection? If not, try to get some fresh air and breathe deeply a few times a day. And let me know if this helps!

  66. This was so interesting!
    And i think its kind of true too! I’ve had an acne between my brows and it just wouldn’t go away.. and was fading when i started to get more sleep and drink lots of water! I do eat junk food once in a while, lol…
    I usually break out a week before my period.. and if that pimple stayed for more than 2-3 days, it take weeks to go away, like literally!

    And do you know anything about the tiny pimples around the nose?

    I’ve been drinking lots of water and sleeping alot too, but they’re still there..

    Anyway, thank you for your post! 🙂
    I’m gonna save it in my fav links! 😀 and share this blog with my friends!

    1. Glad you liked it 🙂 And thank you for sharing! Exactly where are the pimples – under the nose or on the sides?

  67. hey thanks for these really useful and important points . you really gave a good post on this problem that is the most found one among all of the girls. THANKS !!!

  68. I often get pimples in zone 3, but I never drink alcohol, consume dairy maybe once every month or two, and cut out processed/junk/greasy food out of my diet years ago… However, the second most prevalent problem area for me is zone 4 and 5, and I am usually not drinking nearly enough water.

  69. When I was a little girl my aunt would massage my hands and feet because I had back problems. Certain parts of your hands and feet are also connected to your body and massaging them can really improve your health. If this is something you are interested in you should definately post another article, I would love to learn about it again!

  70. i’ve come across this blog by using stumbleupon in the middle of the night for lack of anything better and am soglad i found it. i now know why i get acne in those cerain places. this helped me alot. thanks anubha 🙂

    1. And I am so happy you were at a loose end in the night as that landed you on this blog 🙂 Hope you will keep checking back!

  71. Amazing blog-post that I have forwarded to a lot of friends! 🙂
    For all the ladies reading the comments – i’ve heard that your makeup brushes contains a lot of bacteria, so remember to rinse them with either a shampoo or another product specialized for it.

    I really enjoyed reading how well you handled all the negativity, Anubha!!
    Kepp up the good work – I am definitely living by the face-mapping system from now on… 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Louise… glad you liked it 🙂 And I so agree about the makeup brushes – sometimes they just pick up acne-causing horridness from one part of the face and migrate it to the other!!!!

  72. I don’t know if anyone has commented about this, but I tend to get pimples above my lip. What could that possible mean? I’m trying to use this as a guide, but this area between my nose and lip tends to breaks out whenever. Sometimes, as soon as one side above my lip heals, a pimple will break out on the other side.

        1. Hi Dani, I am not a medical practitioner but according to face mapping, this could indicate constipation, irritable bowels or too much spicy/fried food. Pls let me know if this helps!

  73. I’ve had acne for a while and I recently developed odd breakouts on my cheeks and around my jaw bone on both sides. This was very odd for me! I appreciate that you incorporated the perspective of ancient medicine. We all ought to look towards this method for acne and other conditions. I know Dr. Weil is all about integrative medicine as well. My acne has gotten better, though. I have always saw acne treatment from the perspective that you present, which is that acne is indeed an indicator for other occurrences within the body. Thanks for the cute graphic, I’ve been looking for a reliable one to refer to. I actually blog about adult acne in college, it’s such an important issue.

    1. Glad you liked it Vanessa 🙂 And you’ve got such a wonderful blog. Wish I knew about the Avomelet during my college days… it would have made late night studying so much easier! For us, it used to be instant noodles cooked over a candle flame. Ah! The memories!

  74. Wow…looks like some heated discussions have taken place on this thread already! Anubha, are your preferred methods generally eastern-inspired or do you use them in combination with other forms of treatment? I generally prefer natural means wherever possible,… things like Salcura‘s antiac spray.

    I’d be interested in looking into these suggestions in combination though!

    1. Hi Mark, debate is always good 🙂 While I have a lot of faith and interest in traditional schools, I also follow contemporary medicine. For eg, I am trying to detox and bring my system to some kind of “normalcy” with Ayurvedic remedies but also take blood pressure tablets religiously and use glycolic acid-based products to diminish the acne scars. What about you? Do you go for one route entirely or mix them up?

      1. I think I’m very similar to you in the respect of following both traditional and modern – the way I see it, lots of traditional means have lasted this long for a reason, and I like the way they tend to get to the ‘core’ of a problem a lot more, somehow more holistic…

        At the same time though, I believe in proven success, and if a product continually gets good reviews and the like, there is probably a reason and I also have great respect for doctors and nurses that know their fields well.

        Generally, I’m not a massive fan of throwing chemicals around though, especially as my skin is pretty sensitive, which is why I’m intrigued by this brand – looks great but not necessarily something I’ve heard on the grapevine that much I don’t think – https://www.salcuraskincare.com/

        1. Aaaah… that really sounds so similar to my way of doing things. I try to keep chemicals to a minimum but do have to turn to them at some point of time or the other. Don’t have any personal experience of Salcura but the range looks pretty good. Would love to try it – especially the Antiac Acne Clearing Spray. I hate the feel of rich, thick products on my skin and this seems to lightweight and yet contains a potent blend of ingredients. Might just be what so many people are looking for!

  75. the face mapping is very true.i have been dealing with jaw,chin and upper lip acne for more than 8years ,including some on my forehead,upper cheeks,ears,side of my nose and side of my eyes.i just recently began taking vitex agnus-castus to regulate my hormones and guess what??? it’s been two and half months now and all my cystic acne on the jawline and chin have vanished.am now concentrating on drinking more water and getting more fresh air to help with the upper cheek,ears and side of eyes acne.i don’t forget my multivitamin too.am trying to eat healthy so i’ll keep referring to this article when i get an acne so i know what my body is trying to tell me.

    1. Hi Rose, it’s so great to know that your acne is vanishing! Mine is the reverse case – went off the pill after some 10 years and it all came back with a vengeance 🙁

  76. I have to comment on this article, I came here via Stumbleupon, which I just discovered, late to the party, I know. This is a great article, I myself am a Holistic Nutritionist and constantly talk about how what we put into our bodies reflects on our skin or in other forms. This is our body trying to tell us something and we need to listen as there could be bigger problems ahead. I loved this and passed it along to my sister who has problems with acne along her jawline. As for the naysayers, I am on a couple of holistic nutrition blogs and I am sure these same people troll these sites as well, some people really don’t have anything else to do but harrass other sites on their views, I think it’s their late night kicks to spread their hate around. I “I like it” this site, will come back.

    1. Hey Sheri, thanks for the lovely words! The negativity is cancelled out by people like you so all is good 🙂 You have such a gorgeous and informative blog. Would you like to guest blog for The Beauty Gypsy?

  77. Great advice but we also should not obcess about every single little thing. I agree we should eat right avoid bad habits like smoking and drinking but getting a zit should not cause us to panic

  78. Thank you, this is really great. The unfortunate part is that I have breakouts in most of the areas on a regular basis and I’ve been dealing with it for over ten years, which is incredibly tiresome. I have been making gradual changes in my diet and I do feel that my skin isn’t as bad as it used to be, but increasing water and decreasing sugar has been my two biggest challenges. I am committing publicly to do it though, and I cannot wait to have a clear face!

    I have a question that you may or may not be able to answer. I know there are a lot of people that eat worse than I do that still have great skin. Are their bodies more resilient or is it that they have they same internal problems, but they aren’t showing up externally or at least in the form of acne?


  79. Just wanted to say a quick thank you as I have always seemed to have on and off problems with my forehead, that number 3 part. Always getting painful bumps which would take weeks to clear up, but now I know what’s up. Gotta cut out the junk food.

    Your diagram is really useful so I’m going to bookmark it!

    Thanks again,


  80. To Alexandria: This may not be the answer at all to your question, but for me personally I would get upper lip zits every so often. I read that it may relate to switching to a different toothpaste (which I did since I always wanted to try different brands) and that was the case for me. Now I stick to the same toothpaste and have no problems. Just a thought, hopefully it helps.

    1. Hi Tacey, thanks for this! I am also going to be checking my toothpaste now. Sounds so plausible, when you factor in that toothpaste drips all around the lips. Alexandria, tell us if this worked for you!!

  81. Wow, how cool! I often get zits or breakouts in 11 and 12 a week before my period…this all makes so much sense to me. I figured the zits were due to hormones, but I had no idea they were typically seen in these zones. I thought it was just me! haha 🙂

  82. Thanks, think is really helpful!!! You’re site is so .interesting and cool(: I do have one question if you could answer it . What about the upper lip? I occasionally will get one there and I never know why…. help please?

      1. Um…. I think it’s both. I used to get pimples above the lip and black heads on the lip line. But just every once in a while though. I have not been getting them lately because I finally found something that helped all my acne but I’m curious to why I got them.

        1. Hi Kimberley, I am not a medical practitioner but according to face mapping, this could indicate constipation, irritable bowels or too much spicy/fried food. Pls let me know if this helps!

          1. OK thanks(: it’s been a while since I’ve gotten any so I’m not sure but I’ll check for signs if it happens again

  83. I’m so sorry I know you’ve already gotten hate for this and everything and that is definitely not what I mean by this comment. But with that said, I am 14 almost 15 and I have battled severe acne for about 3 years. I’ve tried everything there is but nothing helps. I looked at this post and it seems pretty legit. Just be healthy right? Well, my mother is a health freak and so I’ve grown up with a perfectly balanced nutritious diet. With all those good things like fruits and veggies, whole grains, omega 3s, tons of water, etc. I am also a vegetarian so I have to watch my diet extra carefully so I get a healthy amount of everything I need. I am also LDS so I dont drink coffee or alcohol and I dont smoke. So although these are great things to do to stay healthy, and I think everyone should have a lifestyle like this anyways, it hasn’t and doesn’t work for me to get rid of my acne. Sorry.

    1. Hey Rhiannon, there is no ‘hate’ happening here ever, so chill 🙂 In fact, I really appreciate your writing in! Everybody’s body is different and reacts in various manners to the same elements. That said, have you thought of visiting a gynaec to check for any hormonal imbalances? I am not a doctor but those who are medically qualified often tell me that this is the main cause of chronic acne for teens and pre-teens.

  84. I have a comment to make about proper hydration, if that’s your problem area (it used to be mine before I got pregnant July 2011). A LOT of people are under the impression that 8 cups of water a day means a literal 8-1 cup measuring cups of water. This is much less than you need for healthy skin! My doctor I was seeing for my pregnancy saw my problem areas on my skin (as we spent so much time together, you see), and informed me that the 8 cups a day rule means 8 GLASSES OF WATER. I know that is a LOT, considering I frequently forget to drink for several hours at a time, but it works.

    Now that I’ve given birth to my baby, I’m having constant hormonal breakouts in the “beard” area (jawline, chin). Not sure what that is about but it royally sucks. I’m hoping it’s not, but it could be the Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome that runs in my family. It tends to kick in with us shortly after giving birth to our first (and often only) child. I had a couple of ovarian cysts during puberty, along with other common symptoms, so unfortunately this is probably it. I’ll have it checked out soon…

    1. Thanks for bringing this up Brittani – a lot of people are ignorant about this. Consequently, we are drinking a lot less water than is actually needed. On the other subject, I thought hormone-related acne finally went away once you got pregnant. You mean it doesn’t???? 🙁

      1. Unfortunately having children doesn’t cure hormonal acne. I have had three children and I still get acne along my chin and jaw line. Actually that is how I cam across this article. After my third child was born I had the birth control implant that they implant in the arm. It lasts for three years and during that time my acne cleared up and I would only get the occasional spot here and there. Recently I had the implant removed and I am now getting the dreaded hormonal acne once again! My searches for insight brought me here. I think you are doing a wonderful job and Im sure lots of people have found this information helpful. THANKYOU

  85. OMG!!! People really?! It is called AMERICA the beautiful and this is just ONE PERSONS’ imput. Geez,if you do not approve or agree ,then carry on!! SAD…SAD rude jerks!
    Anubha,as a 43 yr old Master Cosmetologist……MY OPINION and EXPERIENCE says this MAP is accurate ,as it relates to myself & some of my clients. I will use this as a TOOL to bring awareness and healthier lives . Thanks for sharing and your a better woman than I….I have a low tolerance for ignorant,ill mannered or spiteful people. Thanks again.

  86. Hahaha so Facts doesn’t realize that when you give something the thumbs down on Stumble it just makes it so similar pages don’t pop up for you specifically but otherwise has absolutely no bearing on anything else…idiot.

    Awesome post I’m going to try some of these helpful things starting now thank you!

  87. Wow this actually makes sense. I hardly drink water and my problem areas all relate to drinking more water! This is a super great guide and the first time I’ve seen anything like it! Thanks for posting (:

  88. So true. My skin was so clear after puberty until I was like, 19/20 years old. After that, I started getting UNSTOPPABLE acne on my jawline. Eventually, I was diagnosed with PCOS, and a doctor put me on a hormone suppressant and POOF! No more acne on the jawline. Face was clear as can be!

    1. Lucky you (for the acne riddance, not the PCOS)! Btw, am hearing so many more woman having PCOS today than say 10 years back. Do you think it’s our changing lifestyles or was the problem always there and we just didn’t know how to diagnose it?

      1. Well, my personal opinion on PCOS is that it is being diagnosed and recognized more in the medical field due to advances in the sciences as well as changes for the criteria in diagnosing it (However, im not a doctor and this all could be complete BS) Also, I really do believe that lifestyle and the uses of hormones can have an effect on it. Personal use among girls. Hormones in the food… and drinking water. Pretty much the same reasons why girls start having their periods earlier and earlier. That’s my opinion.

        1. I agree Lauren – seems to be a combo of increased awareness and deteriorating lifestyles. Wish there was some way of arresting its spread 🙁

  89. Outstanding post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thanks!

    1. Come back soon… will def have something! Btw, you have such great info on your site – am hooked and going to read it through tonight!

  90. Thanks so much for this, when ever i see acne pop up on my face i come here to see what i can do to stop it. 🙂

  91. Thank you so much for sharing this! I never knew this acne face map existed! Found your blog on Pinterest 🙂

  92. I totally agree with this post! i had constant zits in the 11 & 12 zones ( the deep painful ones), went to my gyno and she put me on a low doses birth control just to calm my hormones and it WORKED! Now i only get one if i accidentally for get to take them for about 3 days.

  93. Great article! I think some people rely too much on science and things that are ‘proven’. I am a scientist but I also love holistic medicine and living a natural lifestyle because I believe that our bodies have weird ways of telling us what is going on! I also believe some people take things a bit too literally.. If you break out in a certain area it doesn’t necessarily mean you have an issue with a certain organ or bodily function. Same thing as if you have dizziness it doesn’t mean you are having a stroke. Things like this article are extremely educating and I think people should keep an open mind and respect their bodies in a natural way instead of loading it with pills as medicines given to them by a doctor for every little thing. That being said, there are certain things you obviously do need medicine for, but for the little things try changing up your habits/lifestyle by adding or eliminated certain things :).

    1. Hi Danielle, you have put it so wonderfully! Really, it’s never a question of science vs traditional medicine. To my mind, both complement and complete each other. What branch of science are you connected with??

  94. I’m interested. I almost never break out but am currently having an outbreak in 9 and 10, guess what, my allergies are out of control right now. Seems to make sense to me.

    1. Hope your allergies come into control soon. I have to regularly take antihistamines and they just make me so drowsy all day 🙁

  95. This is great! I have seen links to this page ALL OVER Pinterest and decided to check it out. Too cool! I will be waiting for more blog posts eagerly.

    Have any personal Herbal Tea recomondations?

  96. Good day! This post could not be written any better!

    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this.
    I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  97. This was so helpful. I break out mostly in 11-13. I never noticed the pattern connecting 11-12 with ovulation, very fascinating. One of my biggest problems is I’m a picker. I pick at pimples and any bump on my face. It’s a very bad habit I have and I think it makes my acne worse. I don’t use typical face cleaner. Thanks to CrunchyBetty.com I use a honey wash on my face with a witch hazel toner. When I use it consistently it really helps my acne. I’m going to try to take the advice you gave for my problem zones and see if it helps. Thanks a bunch!

    1. I have a friend who is a compulsive picker and that leaves horrible scars 🙁 But I now know better than simply saying “Hands off!”. I got her Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Seal-to-Clear Gel, which basically creates an invisible bandage on the pimple that protects it from the bacteria on your hands. Plus it contains salicylic acid to simultaneously treat the pimple. It’s really worked well for her!

  98. This chart is great. I’ve always changed my pillow cases every few days or I get spots at 9 & 10!!! Crazy how that matches up. I’m a hormonal acne suffer too and since being aware why I get it (and that i cant stop it) living as clean (as in eating), stress free and happy as possible has always kept it to a minimum and helped it recover quickly.

    Oh and I’m pregnant and my hormonal spots are no more, so there is hope.
    (I do get them on my boobs now though!!! Haha can’t win all the time)

    Love yr blog.

    1. Thanks so much for the lovely words and congratulations for the coming baby 🙂 You are right – we so often forget the basics and then our body has to hit us on the head and remind us!!!! Oh… and about the acne on the boobs. Seems like there is never smooth sailing, right? Sigh!

  99. What an interesting vein of information. I suffered from skin problems for a year, 1st bumps on my face, then arms, then chest, then back. The dermatologists said rosacea, finally went to Mayo Clinic (abt. $10,000 later, they didn’t know what was wrong with me. I went to a chiropractor who did kinesiology. He diagnosed me with h pylori (a bacteria that affects most people with stomach problems, even though I did not have stomach issues) and LOW STOMACH acid. I was given an herbal supplement, everything cleared up in 3 days and I my skin has been perfectly fine ever since!!! (BTW, MOST people are being treated for high stomach acid, when in fact, they have LOW stomach acid ) Look it up….SO interesting!!!

    1. hey, that’s interesting. I never thought of low stomach acid! What were the symptoms? How does one diagnose that???? Am VERY interested as constantly have stomach problems that simply don’t go away despite all kind of anti-acids and probiotics

      1. thank you so much for this info , the face map and the numbers with the info was something i’ve been into for years. i have a herbalist that grinds me all sort of teas and powders for various things and they work. i love your blog alot keep up the good work.

  100. For most people, the symptoms for low acid are the same as high acid. Most people are diagnosed wrong…Unfortunately, it seems as if the medical profession doesn’t get it….remember, they get their information from the pharmaceutical companies. I believe doctors try and really want to make you well, but they just don’t know. I have learned so much about natural medicine and homeopathic-it’s amazing. Also, diet is the number 1 issue in all of this, I think. I take an herbal supplement called ZYPAN. You can look that up on the internet as well. Good luck, everyone

      1. Your doctor may or may not be able to come up with a low stomach acid diagnosis. They usually treat for high stomach acid. As far as h pylori, SO many people have this problem, but when they do a blood test, there are many false negatives. The two go together because low acid stomach is the perfect breeding ground for h pylori. Most stomach issues from acid reflux, gerd, ulcers, even stomach cancer originate with h pylori. Sometimes it will go systemic, and if it does, it affects the heart and diabetes issues. Mine affected my skin, a lesser known cause. H pylor can live in your system for years and you don’t have any symptoms, so you don’t know it, but wow, it can really cause problems.
        FYI-I am not a medical person; this information is from a chiropractic neurologist who diagnosed me.

          1. Good luck. I hope you get some answers. I am always searching for the CAUSE when I have a health issue and I drive the doctors a little nuts, but in the end, I get answers even if it takes a while. We have to be in charge of our own health. My naturopath says she trust her patients because they know their body more than anyone else…

          2. Working on it… doc ran some tests and said we will know by end of the week. So keeping fingers crossed!

  101. Wow! I had to scroll for a long time to get to the bottom of this post. Who knew that such a simple little post would draw so much attention. I found you on Pinterest. You’ve been pinned and repinned over there numerous times. I guess more people appreciate that advice than you’ll ever truly know.
    Thank you for sharing!

  102. Ladies, put milk of magnesia on your acne. Honest, it works. If you leave a little out in the top, it will get a little thick and then you can cover the area really well after you have washed your face with the old fashioned bar of neutrogena soap-the only soap to use on your face. Leave the m.o.m. on your face all night and you will be amazed at how quickly this will dry up those bumps. If your acne is really bad, and you are home all day, wash face in morning and apply a thick coat until hubby comes home. I’m serious-you will be amazed!!!

    I also have another heavy duty remedy if this vein is interested!

    1. Here I am again-sorry for so many posts-but I am new here and have been reading all the other older posts. I do believe in the face mask. But, what I am hearing is that most of you are earnestly seeking the CAUSE of your affliction. Not to repeat myself from an earlier post, but after a year of trying to figure it out…when I had kinesiology (muscle testing) done on me, a CAUSE was identified in 5 minutes, he was spot on and a natural herbal remedy cured me. No, insurance will not pay for this, but all in all I spent less than $400 when I had spent over $10,000 in the past year with different doctors-including Mayo-and no Diagnosis! My heart goes out to all of you who are suffering from these skin problems.

      1. Hi Corey, pls keep commenting! Your tips and thoughts are extremely useful and I am sure a lot of readers here, who are grappling with the same problems, would benefit from the same. Thank you for taking the effort!

      1. Someone a while back talked about blackheads on the upper lip. My 12 yr. old granddaughter had these and they were very deep and very embarrasing to her. I made her a remedy, it took a few days to bring those blackheads “up from the deep,” but it did and then they vanished. This remedy also works for drying up pimples. My granddaughter is so pleased.
        Here is the mixture:
        1/2 c. fullers earth
        1 t. tincture of benzoin
        1/4 c. witch hazel.
        (I had to order the 1st 2 ingredients on the internet-just google a site)
        It says to leave on for 30-40 mn. but we leave it on all night.

        1. Wow! Thanks for the recipe – I am sure many readers here will appreciate it as much as I did. You know, in India Fuller’s Earth is called multani mitti and we actually work it into our fabrics to get the skin benefits. There is a post somewhere on this blog about the same!;

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  104. Actually this really worked on me. I have a zit on right side under my lips and I can actually feel my ovulation on the right side. Wow this is scary though… Thank you so much for uploading this!

  105. Hv found you from stumbleupon, this is great.
    I dont have any acne, but i know it doesnt mean that I have no problem with the lungs.
    huk..huk..sorry i’m cough 🙂

  106. Hello. This face mapping is pretty cool, I’ll definitely give it a try. I’d like to point out thou that if I cut out all oil and butter based consumables (chocolates, cake, cookies, deep fried chips, pies, doughnuts, cheese, yoghurt; and food made with lots of oil —- yeah, all the nice foods 🙁 ) then I have no problems with zits. I also notice that I can have something oily once a week without having a breakout. I also do not get affected by my period however I have major chocolate cravings :/ Unfortunately I only found this out long after the high school teasing phase.

    1. That’s the problem – I seem to have no resistance to temptation 🙁 Especially when I am hormonal. Sitting in bed and wolfing down half a chocolate cake as I type this 🙁

  107. What a demonstration this is everybody sees to provide tips to treat acne or methods to prevent them, but you have clearly taught us the basics so we can prevent them or control them very effectively. Keep going..

  108. This is awesome! I am pregnant right now and my chin (the hormone area!!) is breaking out like crazy. Worse than my teens! Gahh. And a bit on my forehead, so I’m going to drink more water! I don’t eat a lot of fatty foods, but I might be dehydrated for sure and I definitely have had digestive changes.

    It makes so much sense!

    1. Congratulations on the soon-to-arrive baby 🙂 My dermatologist keeps telling me the acne might go away when I get pregnant – but that doesn’t seem to be the case universally, right? Sigh!

  109. This is so true! I just found out that I am ridden with kidney stones, and I have blemishes in all of the “kidney” spots…

    How awesome is God for putting a little diagnostic tool on our faces!

  110. This is fantastic! I have no idea that pimple/acnes corresponds to something severe is going on in our body that needs for a check up.
    I have lots of acne on my chin, and it tells me that it is due to stress which is all so true!. Will gonna share this to my friends.

    1. I think the body was designed to show up problem areas as ugly bumps on the skin, where we can’t ignore them if we tried!

  111. Amazing. I have a bad breakout at the moment on 11, 12 and 14 and have been told from Docs I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. My hormones are playing up real bad at the moment. Great sign for me to understand that I need to do something about it. THANKS.

    1. eeeks… PCOS can be terrible. But at least you are fortunate it got diagnosed. So many women suffer through it unknowingly for years!

  112. i have tried soo many different washes and scrubs and different things ive read about (like that putting mayo on your face gets ride of acne….) but no matter what they would still pop up in the same spot. i cant tell you how helpful this is 🙂 thanks for posting it i cant wait to try it out 🙂 <3

  113. I have had a doctor tell me that my food allergies and what I eat had nothing to do with my skin issues! He said you skin is affected by what you put on it and your “mouth” is affected by what you put in it….so could one reason (I was only 16 yrs. old then) that what we eat doesn’t make us fat just affects our mouth? Stupid. So glad that natural medicine and SOME doctors are finally catching up to realy medicine!! I always knew that wasn’t right.

    1. Personally, I feel what you put in your mouth is more important than what you put on your skin. And food allergies NOT affecting skin issues. So glad you looked around for saner advice!

  114. Just wanted you to know that I came across this blog via Pintrest and found it really interesting due to the acne problems I was having on my jawline (awful, painful cystic acne). I had several ovarian cysts and had to have my ovaries removed. For all you doubters, simply close the blog and move on with your life. Plus FYI, my Dad always said anytime you have ulcers in your mouth, you have issues with your stomach. Anytime I have these, I add acidophilus to my diet. Keep up the good work!!!

    1. Actually, this is just for acne – dark circles can also point to health problems but that’s another subject altogether!

    1. I sometimes just forget to drink water for days and then it seems my body will simply not accept any water, so I know what you mean. I have found that it helps to ease in with half a bottle of chilled sparkling water (or seltzer) and then move onto regular drinking water. Don’t know why this works but I just end up being able to take water after a dehydrated patch this way!

  115. Thanks for sharing, Anubha! I was just complaining yesterday about why I’m post-pubescent and still suffering from breakouts. Recently my diet has changed (I’m in college and I got lazy!) and now that I know it can have such a dramatic effect on my face I’ll definitely be taking the time to eat well. Not to mention get more rest. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge on the subject and linking to the site you got the map from, I can’t afford a dermatologist, so it’s nice to be able to try these things first and see if I can get results that way. Keep posting, I’ll keep reading!

    1. Oh yes, I remember college and the days of food and evenings that did wonders for your happiness quotient and social life but unfortunately destroy your skin. Pipe in with any questions you have… will be happy to try and solve them!

  116. Thanks for recognizing and posting about the fact that acne doesn’t just ‘appear’ for fun… there are issues going on in someone’s body (internally) that cause it. Derm’s are wonderful for prescribing medication that treat the symptoms, not the cause. Western medicine has so much to learn!

    1. You are so right… symptoms are usually separate from the underlying cause and we need to address the latter. Btw, I loved the “Woodland Wedding” on your blog!

  117. Hi, Anubha! This post was super useful, it helped me clear up my breakouts last month. Turns out I was dehydrated… I’m so bad at remembering to drink water. Thank you so much for sharing!

    I found this information so interesting and useful that I really wanted to share it with my readers. I translated it into Spanish and shared it on my blog (I linked back to this post as well). I hope you don’t mind! Here’s my post: http://www.mistruquitos.com/2012/10/23/granos-en-la-cara-descubre-el-porque/

    1. Hi Vicky, thanks so much for taking the trouble and translating the whole thing. I appreciate that and the linkback 🙂

  118. This makes perfect sense! I’m so happy that I stumbled upon this website! I have incidentally tried the very solutions given above and they worked, I just didn’t realize my skin was clearing up for these specific reasons. I’ll definitely pay more attention from now on. 🙂

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  120. HAHA! This is kind of funny actually because I usually get minor breakouts in the 9 and 10 area and it’s been driving me crazy. I have VERY bad allergies. I just realized (because of this) that I haven’t been outside too much lately (busy with work- I work from home) my face over the last few weeks has been SO clear! Then my husband and I went out this weekend- windows down enjoying our lovely California weather, my allergies have been going insane and hello breakout. (Just minor but hey I can see why it would be allergies making my skin mad) Sometimes I have little spots by the end of the night but they’re gone by morning. This is really interesting, though! Thanks for sharing! I’m going to send it to my sister who has been complaining about her forehead breaking out. 🙂 Maybe eating healthier will help her out~

  121. I stumbled upon the link to this on pinterest. I wish I would have seen this in my early teens. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I found a post that said many people with acne are actually just dehydrated and they don’t drink enough water to detoxify their skin therefor it breaks out. I’ve now been drinking only water and have cut out all pop and other sugary drinks for only four days and have already noticed that I’m getting less pimples, the redness in my face is 95% gone, and my face is less puffy. If anyone with severe acne wanted to try something, I’d tell them before buying all those creams & expensive washes to step up their water in take and just use a mild soap to wash their face!!

    1. Glad to know that your problem is getting sorted. Water helps HUGELY as I am also learning. I was never big on water but now I am surprised to think back and note how we can go for days without any of it at all. And not even notice. Making a conscious effort now and it’s totally showing up on my skin!

  122. Omg!!! This us so true!! I’m breaking out will over my chin and I have been stressing a lot. I love this!!

  123. Hi Anubha,

    I am 22 years old and I have been struggling with acne (both cystic and smaller pimples) for years now, mostly around the jawline and mouth, but also in all other places less frequently. I went to a dermatologist 6 months ago who suggested I stop eating cheese- she said it is a very hard thing for our bodies to digest. I went ahead and cut out all cheese from my diet and saw a huge reduction in the number and size of pimples around my mouth and chin. She said cutting out all dairy would help even further, which I have done and have really seen an improvement. She also said to drink more water and to make sure I’m getting enough Omegas (3-6-9 = fish and flax oils). Ever since following her advice 6 months ago, my skin has dramatically improved. I know this is only one case (my own) but it does give some validity to the face-mapping theory! I think some people want scientific data to back up facts because that translates into “proof” that this is accurate, but I think there is more proof in the many responses you have gotten from real people having real results.

    I have one question that maybe you can help me with- I just started a new job and have upped my caffeine intake quite a bit. I have also started to get very tiny pimples on my chest. I know you said you were doing some research on chest & back acne- could caffeine have an affect on this? I know since it is a diuretic it dehydrates you, but I have been drinking more water to compensate.

    PS- I also struggle with cystic acne on my jawline. Both my dermatologist and my OBGYN have told me this is hormonal. I have been on the same birth control for a few years now. I recently switched to a different brand (different chemical makeup) and have seen improvements in this as well. For those of you on birth control struggling with acne around the jawline, it might be good to research some different brands of birth control to find one that can help.

    Thank you, Anubha, for being so collected in your responses to the nastier comments. It adds respectability and credibility to what you have to say. Great blog, and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    1. Hi Allison, thanks for the comprehensive info. Am sure it will help everyone here! As for the caffeine, I don’t know of any established connection between that and acne but will check and get back to you. Kudos for the water intake… I need to get started on that as well!

  124. So cool. I have been getting pimples on the sides of my chin (11-12). Been driving me nuts for over a month. Now in thinking its stress. Plus it mentioned keeping skin super clean, which is hard now cause I work in a super dusty warehouse. But it totally makes sense that its stress. Between the full time job, kids, husband etc…. I will refer back to this in the future for sure.

    And don’t let the negative comments get to you. It’s stupid how one person is so out to get someone they don’t even know. It seems more people found this ineresting/helpful than not.

  125. I found this to be very interesting and it made sense to me. With that said, I will never understand know it all trolls that find the need to correct people with their vast knowledge of how things “should” be done. With all due respect to the author this is not the New England Journal of medicine, she is not trying to sell something or have people do dangerous things to their skin. We all have access to the internet and have the ability to call a doctor and ask questions. So grow up or shut up! I will keep this article in mind, with all of the good, healthy and common sense advice, thank you!

  126. Amazing article! I never knew about this until today! Now I now what to do to get rid of the few pimples haunting me since a couple of weeks! Thank you!
    The concept behind your site is awesome since I love beauty tips that are time-tested. Will stop by to read more from you!

    Love from a Fellow blogger,
    maila @ allthingsgirlish.blogspot.com

  127. I’m a guy, and I’m glad I found this…it seems to be accurate, even for me, being a male and all. Thanks for the help.

  128. I had little acne in many places on my face. I was also very sexually active when I didn’t have many acne problems. But at the beginning of this school year I was a little sex deprived, and I also started smoking weed /cigaretts again, and eating more dairy. I now have acne pimples alllllll over my face! Mostly my cheek/jaw area. What caused it?? I don’t know if it was smoking because I was a smoker a couple years ago and it never affect me then? Or no sex? Can that give yu acne? I have stopped eating dairy and my acne is much better, but I still want to know what initially caused my cheek area to breakout sooo bad. Please help!?

  129. Wow! What an interesting collection of pseudoscience! How about putting a bullshit warning before posting this kind of poorly researched nonsense?

    1. Hi Emily, thanks for taking the time to stop by here. I am not a doctor but this is based on research done by people far more knowledgable on the subject than I could ever hope to be. Beyond that its a matter of faith or cynicism vis-a-vis traditional healing systems – which, incidentally, are also often looked to by modern science.

      1. I’m a healthy skeptic as well. I do know that hormones have a lot to do with your skin as you’ve mentioned above, however, I’m a bit skeptical of the other claims, but something to look into I suppose! Neat information if it is all true! Also, I wanted to say, I found this blog page through a Pinterest Post and I got sucked in to reading the comments (some of them mean and ridiculous!), but I love that you’ve responded to every negative post with a positive take away & not feeding into other’s petty drama they like to start on other people’s blogs. Good for you!

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  131. I’ve been breaking out on like what it shows on the face but on 1,2,3,9,10 and occasionally on 6 and 13 i”ve been drinking a lot of water and i wash my face in the mornings and night. I wanna know what’s the best way to clear up my face. I am active cause of what I do at work so i know i break out cause i am outside a lot too. I’ve been using Cliniques face wash but it doesn’t seem to be helping. i had stopped taking Biotin cause i figured it was that, that was causing my break outs.

    1. I realize this is very late in the conversation, but I wanted to say to Jennifer (Clinique user) that I personally have had great success with Origins skin care products. I have super sensitive skin and in 6 years it has never let me down. They seem to have a little something for ll skin types. I’m definitely open to trying some of these diy skin treatments I found here.

      Also, love the face mapping chart. Not sure why so many folks got their panties in a wad over it. I think it’s a terrific guideline in general. I guess some people want to fight for their right to junk food, or whatever. Oh, the drama!

      Thanks for the info!

  132. This is so cool, this is the very reason why i want to be a cosmetologist. People look down on it as a purely egotistical occupation. Thank you for helping prove otherwise, every time i see something like this it inspires me even more.

    1. Kudos for wanting to be a cosmetologist!!!! I think it’s an awesome profession and through my dealings with so many of them, know that it’s seriously tough. Hope the world wakes up to its importance soon.

  133. Ohhh my goodness!!!! This is so amazing. I saw it on pintrest and decided to take a look and it was so totally accurate thank youuuu 🙂

  134. Is this only for people who break out in certain places? Because I break out EVERYWHERE… does that mean I have ALL of these problems?

    1. As I have said, this is only indicative and not prescriptive. You might not have any of these problems. Only a doctor can confirm for sure!

  135. Thank you very much! This is really helpful and interesting! I have this one zit on my neck and it won’t go away. I have tried everything. I have been sick for a while. What should I do to get rid of it? It’s very annoying and embarrassing.

  136. Hi 🙂 very interesting facts. I truely believe in these since i break out exactly like what my diet, lifestyle and my state of mind consists of. And seriously people are busy concentrating on finding some fuckin mistake in this post so that they can underestimate you rather than reading what exactly the article is about. Sorry about the f word but people like those are just a couple of losers trying to make everyone feel like they are worthless. So don’t give a damn about them. Great post. This is actually a macrobiotic diet concept. And a very informative blog btw. Keep up the good work. Cheers! 😀

  137. This is very interesting. I’ve seen something similar to this except it was the feet. Certain areas on the bottoms of your feet are linked to your internal organs. (And no, I don’t have a link for this. I’m just stating something I’ve saw)
    I used to get breakouts, but since I’ve started drinking a lot more water, I haven’t had near as many. The dark circles under the eyes thing is bothering me though. I’ve had dark circles under my eyes since I was a little girl. Any thoughts on this? Also, the breakouts I get now are either stress-related or menstrual cycle-related.

    1. You are absolutely right Megan – Chinese medicine also believes in various areas of the feet being linked to internal organs. That’s what I am researching at the moment. And remedies for dark circles coming up soon on the blog!

  138. Great post! These are really good tips. I’ve always associated the forehead bumps with my diet and other areas with dehydration, but I never knew you could determine when you’re ovulating. I will definitely add some of these tips in addition to my normal anti-acne practices.

  139. Saw your link on TIP JUNKIE. My daughter and I just sat and nodded our heads at each of the spots.
    The one on the end of the nose…YEP, still have a small scar from it… Guess what, I had a heart attack and 4 years later a heart transplant. My new heart is amazing and my nose is ZIT free!
    My daughter is a few months prego and her chin is totally broke out.
    Love modern medicine but am always open to other options.
    Wishing you only the best.

    1. Absolutely agree – we need a world in which modern science and natural remedies go hand in hand. And congrats to your daughter 🙂

  140. Understanding Zones 11 and 12 have helped me so much! I always get breakouts there during Pms. Also, is there any acne mapping secrets for the rest of your body? Like your back? I also always get them on my shoulders and recently around my armpits.

  141. Not that you need to read my comment Ms. Gypsy. But I find this to be totally true and I’m so glad I found it on Pintrest, Thank you. Now I am debating whether to post to my FB page bc none of my friends gets zits. haha

  142. This article is great. I am so glad you posted it, and I was lucky enough to find it on pinterest. Now I am debating sharing with my FB friends bc ‘They don’t get zits! haha.

  143. thank tou anubha..
    I also had a doctor that told me about the secret of acne position. She also examine face and tongue color for diagnosis

  144. This might be a dumb question but when looking at the map/girl is her right, my right? Or is it like a mirror and her left is my right?
    Also, I have always had constant chin acne since adolescence and through adulthood. I was also a smoker but quit a few years ago. I have been mostly chin acne free ever since.
    I also find it interesting that chin acne is related to the sex organs. I’ve always had libido issues since reaching puberty as well as chin acne as mentioned.
    Now I only break out during shark week.

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  146. Wow! I found ur post extremely accurate! I mean I guess, lol. I sat back and thought alot of about my eating habits around breakouts. I always get them between my eyebrows and around my eyes. Which I never drink enough water anyways and when I have an outbreak I have usually been to a cool out or something where I’ve consumed excess sugar/caffeine/ etc! Great post!

  147. thank u so much for posting it..it really matched u know…i eat junk foods and then dehydration..im surely gonna get rid of these acnes real soon..now i know what to do..woww..ur truly amazing!!!:D

  148. Bravo on this post! Very informative and true. I came across this on stumble and will now be following your blog 🙂 I did however get sucked into the comment line and, WOW some of you are SOOO mean!!! I’m saddened by reading some of the comments on this post. Sheesh! No one forced you into reading this! If you don’t like it just hit the back button. Sadly these horrible people have nothing better to do but criticize because of their own insecurities. I truly loved how you held your compusure and handled it with positivity which is funny because that usually pisses them off more because they couldn’t get a rise out of you which is probably exactly what they want, lol! 😉 Good for you! Very glad I found your blog and I will be sure to follow 😀

    1. Have learnt through (sometimes bitter) experience that our bodies are always trying to communicate with us… we just need the patience to listen!

  149. I have always had very clear skin on my face, and coming from a sixteen year old, that’s rare. The only place that I ever get small breakouts is right around the edges of my lips, and now that I’ve read this it does make sense that I get them whenever I get too stressed out! This is really interesting!

    1. Hi Annelise, I am not a medical practitioner but according to face mapping, this could indicate constipation, irritable bowels or too much spicy/fried food. Pls let me know if this helps!

  150. This is so cool, when I used to smoke I broke out massively at 9 & 10 and I never knew why. Now I do.

    Now I’m having 11 & 12 issues.

    I also should notify my friend about this who has had severe non-stop acne on her nose for years..

  151. I agree with the fact that it does have an effect on the liver, cutting out alcohol, greasy food and dairy is a good idea, but I do like an odd glass of red wine. I also like to exercise but found that if I got to intense with my exercising I started to itch quite a bit. I found another article that mentioned if you wear natural fabric clothing and make sure its loose fitting, it help acne sufferers. Hope this helps someone else as well.

  152. This was spot on! I’ve been breaking out in the same spot since I got pregnant last year and suprise, suprise, it’s in zone 11 & 12! Very cool

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  154. As someone who has had acne vulgaris since years, I can understand how people perceive this as offensive. I am tired of new-age a-holes and hostile lookists who dig at me because my skin suggests eating “shit”, doing drugs, having a crappy lifestyle overall.
    Which is not true, I do not drink, i do not smoke or consume other drugs, i eat very healthy, i go outdoors plenty. But complete strangers are pointing their fingers at me for being ugly and having deserved it because of the “lifestyle” I supposedly have according to them.

    1. Hi Marie, I feel your pain. And apologise if this post made you feel bad. There are many causes for acne and as you said, sometimes you can do everything right and still suffer. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Awwww, I am so sorry the blog ate your comment. I would say just jump in with your blog and start writing regularly. Consistency is key – so is good grammar and sharing through social media. Share your post across all channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and StumbledUpon. Hope this helps.

  156. Thanks for this site. I went right to #11 where I have been getting them each month and I usually have really clear skin because I eat a raw vegan diet and wouldn’t you know!!! It was right on! Relieved because I could not imagine what it could be! Thanks for the help! And I was ovulating on the left too! Cool.

  157. Many parents underestimate the sensitivity of their child’s skin. While it may be tempting to save money and use the same dry skin care products on your baby’s skin as you would on your own, this can cause serious problems. Imagine using bar soap on the sensitive skin of your face as compared to a specialty product designed for the chemistry of your skin. It would likely end up causing you a great deal of discomfort. The same thing would happen to your baby’s skin if you were to consistently use products geared for adults to cleanse it. An unhappy baby can be a very loud baby, and dry skin can make babies incredibly unhappy..

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  158. This is good to keep in mind! Recently my busy schedule had deterred me from drinking enough water and eating healthy. It’s taken a toll on my skin as my forehead’s been plastered with whiteheads! Gotta cut down on all the junk in my diet now! Thanks for the post, definitely sharing this with my friends and family.

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  160. I used to break out on those areas too. I cut out gluten and they went away. Migt work for u, try it.

    1. That’s a thought. In fact, I was reading that even if you are not gluten-intolerant, it may make your skin go bad. Def something to look into!

  161. This was actually quite an interesting article and makes ALOT of sense and explains my break outs from time to time now I have an idea of what the cause and you provided the cure too 🙂

  162. This is awesome! I’ve recently started using a period tracker app on my phone to track my period and ovulation cycle and I have noticed that I always get one abnormally large zit in the ’11 or 12′ zone on my face when I’m about to ovulate. this is the first time I’ve seen a breakdown of face mapping, so cool!! Now if only someone could tell me how to prevent this dreaded zit every month!

  163. Thank you for this Great article! It is sometimes hard to believe that acne can, in a way, be so simple when you discover the true cause..
    Thanks again!

  164. I saw this article a few weeks ago, and since then have been cutting down on the sweets (I have a big sweet tooth) and drinking more water to help the pimples that sometimes show up on my face. Its worked wonders already. Thanks for such a helpful article!

  165. I inherited cyst-like pimples that never seem to leave my ears alone. When I wake up in the morning, I look at my pillowcase and see that my pimple popped and bled while I was sleeping. I still have scars from YEARS ago. I had no idea it was linked to how hydrated I am! I love your blog.

    1. I feel your pain… get one just above my ears and it’s awful. Even though people can’t see it, the thing hurts and how. Glad to have been of some help!

  166. This seams helpful but I have pimples EVERYWHERE! I even have some on my ears and neck I have allergies, low & high blood pressure runs in my famiy, I’m gaining a lot of weight & my school lunch
    is crap. What’s wrong with me?

  167. How awesome! Thank you so much. 11 & 12 is my zone usually… I am 18 years old. I’ve struggled with moderate acne since about 5th grade. I used to get them bad around area 3 but mostly now are 11 & 12 around my monthly cycle. I get the big bumps though that are hard to get rid of so by the time one may be healing up, it will be about my monthly again so I get another.. It’s a never ending process.. It’s lightened up over the years, thankfully. I tried seeing a dermatologist and it helped some but now I don’t take anything for it. I struggle with them on my back and shoulders too. But like I said, still not as bad as I used to when I was about 13 or 14. Those were the worst years.

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  169. Great blog. I will be following. I love your article on acne. I am 42 and I’ve just started getting spots again. I thought I’d seen the last of them during my teens! They are in 1 and 2 and so I know it’s because I’ve not been eating right lately. My daughter has spots in 11, 12 and 13 and I agree that it’s probably hormones as she’s about to hit puberty. Very interesting article, thank you.

  170. I never eat processed food, eat a ton of green/orange fruits and veggies and fish, and I drink 97 oz of water a day. Why is my forehead an acne war zone? AND GETTING WORSE?

      1. nope. none of those. except maybe the shampoo thing, but I’ve used the same shampoo for years and I’ve never had a problem. Until now.


  171. That was really helpful – I guessed at my acne’s reasons, thinking that they might be hormonal, but now I’m pretyy sure 🙂

    Now following, you have a great blog!