Face mapping is an ancient Chinese technique used to analyze the skin in order to determine the body’s internal health. The concept dates back to several thousands of years and was used for traditional healing.

Breakouts and acne that flare up constantly in the same area could indicate what’s going on inside your body. It’s actually quite simple, the face is divided into 6 areas; the forehead, nose, chin, cheeks and ears. Each of these areas represents a different issue, for example, unhealthy kidneys or even a hormonal imbalance.

1. Upper Forehead

Breaking out with pimples on your upper forehead is an indication of the large intestines and the bladder. This usually means that your body is having trouble breaking down foods which leads to a build-up of toxins. The solution to this is to drink and eat more antioxidant foods such as kidney beans, berries and green tea.

2. Lower forehead

The lower forehead is linked to the mind and spirit and if you’re getting pimples in this area you might want to start taking extra care of yourself. Acne could pop out in this area due to stress, depression and unhealthy sleeping patterns. A quick fix for this would be to get enough sleep so that your body is well rested. Find different methods to help you cope with stress and depression that can improve your overall wellbeing.

3. Nose

Having zits on your nose is associated with heightened blood pressure and the cardiovascular health. Get your cholesterol and blood pressure checked and focus on leading a healthy lifestyle. Eat more fruits and vegetables, quit smoking and increase fatty acids (avocado, olive oil) to your diet. On the contrary; another reason you could be breaking out in this area is due to a build-up of makeup. Always remove your makeup at the end of the day!

4. Eyebrows

Breakouts between the eyebrows reflect the liver. The main cause of acne in this area is because of a poor diet that includes high fat intake and too much alcohol. To resolve this issue you should cut out alcohol and eat a well-balanced diet.

5. Ears

Painful pimples occur on the ears when the kidneys aren’t looked after. For healthy functioning kidneys make sure that you drink enough water and limit your caffeine and salt intake. A simple kidney detox will sort the issue out. Have 8 glasses of water daily, eat more berries and barley and lastly avoid caffeine and alcohol.

6. Cheeks

Traditionally speaking, the cheeks give a glimpse into any sort of respiratory distress. Allergies, smoking and respiratory stress are all culprits of acne in this area. Look after your respiratory system by avoiding polluted/ smoking areas and quit cigarettes. This will make all the difference in the world to your health and well-being.

7. Chin

The mouth and center of the chin reflect the stomach and small intestine. Food allergies, poor diet and constipation can drastically affect this area. Have foods that are fresh and high in fiber to help get rid of pimples in this area. Wholegrain foods such as whole wheat pasta, oatmeal and nuts would be ideal to introduce to your diet.

8. Jawline

Acne on the side of the chin could be your body’s way of telling you that there might be a problem with your reproductive system or kidneys. Having a hormonal imbalance or any other reproductive issues, such as irregular menstrual cycles could lead to zits in this area. Get checked out by your OBGYN to further evaluate any underlying issues.

Face mapping is a helpful exercise when you’re trying to figure out why you’re getting acne in specific areas. It allows you to address any problems you think you might have and gives you a quick evaluation of your overall health. Always look after your skin and build up a daily skin regime to have healthy, clean skin. A pimple every now and again is nothing to stress about, it’s completely natural.
However, it’s always important to see a doctor if you think that you might be suffering from any of the above health issues. If your acne persists you should see a dermatologist who will be able to advise you further on what you can do.