Face mapping? An acne face chart? An acne face map?
I always knew that the once-monthly spots that overtook my chin resulted from hormonal acne.
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 (also known as acne face map!).
After extensive research, I have learned that this is the key to unlocking the mysteries behind problem skin.
What is an acne face map?
Acne face maps, which are fast taking center stage at most clinics, combine ancient Eastern medicine (Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) with scientific studies and cutting-edge dermatology 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 areas (or zones) correspond to different health problems.
So, with this “acne face 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 internal issues in time.
Pretty awesome, right? Try it out: How to use face mapping to decode acne breakouts in specific face areas.
1 & 2: Digestive system
Forehead acne is directly related to digestive issues.
So, eat less processed, junk food or spicy foods, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up your water intake and opt for cooling foods like cucumbers if you have forehead breakouts.
Acne in this facial area corresponds to the liver. For a holistic approach, cut out the excess alcohol, greasy foods, and dairy.
This is also the zone where food allergies show up first, so look at your ingredients.
Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise daily and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.
4 & 5: Kidneys
Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) points to dehydration. Drink up!
My dermatologist was right on target: I had high blood pressure.
So, if you are suddenly breaking out in the nose area, check your blood pressure. And Vitamin B levels.
Plus, decrease the intake of fatty foods, cut down on meat, and get more fresh air.
Besides this, consider ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats,” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish, and flax seeds.
Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores and sebaceous glands (oil glands), check that your cosmetic products are within their expiry date and ensure they are non-comedogenic (not skin-clogging).
For an added boost, use topical retinoids and exfoliate regularly to eliminate any dead skin cells that may be hampering clear skin.
7 & 8: Kidneys
According to Chinese face mapping, drink up if you get spots here!
And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee, and alcohol, as these will cause further dehydration.
9 & 10: Respiratory system
The acne face map shows that cheek acne corresponds to the respiratory system. Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both.
If neither 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 forget is that dirty pillowcases and cell phones are two of the top acne culprits, and this area is what they affect the most!
11 & 12: Hormones
According to facial mapping, this part of the face is the signature zone for stress and hormonal imbalance.
And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by catching up on lack of sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy vegetables, and keeping skin scrupulously clean.
Another interesting point: Chin breakouts can indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).
This part of the facial landscape co-relates to the stomach. So, increase the fiber intake, reduce the toxin overload, and drink herbal teas to help digestion.
14: Vulnerability to infections
Zits (and other skin issues) in this face area can indicate that your body is fighting a bacterial infection to avoid illness.
Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, make sure you don’t have a poor diet, breathe deeply, drink plenty of water, and know that everything 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 specific organs and their internal imbalances.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about acne face maps and the health issues they may (or may not) indicate.
What is an acne face map?
An acne face map is a technique that suggests a connection between the location of acne on the face and health in different parts of the body. Each area of the face corresponds to a specific organ or body part.
What does acne on the forehead and nose indicate?
According to acne face mapping, forehead acne may be linked to digestive and liver issues. However, it’s also often associated with excess oil and dandruff from the hair, hair products (which is why it’s also called pomade acne), and stress or sleep deprivation.
What could be the cause of acne on the cheeks?
Acne face mapping suggests that cheek acne might be related to lung and respiratory health. However, it could also result from dirty pillowcases, mobile phones, or frequently touching your face.
What does chin acne indicate?
Traditional face mapping links chin acne to hormonal imbalances or kidney health. Many dermatologists agree that fluctuating hormone levels due to factors such as birth control pills or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause breakouts in this area, especially in women.
What digestive issues cause forehead acne?
Acne face mapping links forehead acne to digestive issues and liver stress. This theory suggests that unhealthy diet, poor digestion, and alcohol overconsumption may cause forehead acne. Forehead acne can also be attributed to factors like oily scalp, dandruff, stress, and inadequate sleep.
What steps should I take if acne face mapping suggests a potential health issue?
If acne face mapping suggests a potential health issue, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare provider. They can provide a thorough assessment and recommend necessary tests or treatments.
However, remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermatologist for a proper prognosis. This is a general guide to direct you to the proper investigative direction. Because you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!
Also read: What is your body acne telling you?