What Acne Outbreaks Are Telling You
By Lauren Salapatek, Modern Magazine
Did you know that acne could be linked to health issues? According to traditional Chinese medicine, internal imbalances in our body can show up on our face. These issues can show up in the form of acne, dark circles or rashes.
Although western medical practitioners find little truth to face mapping, many Eastern medicine practitioners believe otherwise. “There are no medical studies to link facial mapping with specific breakout areas, but there may be factors you are overlooking,” says dermatologist Dr. Brian Russell.
According to Chinese medicine, the location of acne on your face can indicate the underlying cause. Here, MODERN has compiled our own face mapping guide which can help you diagnose your acne problems. If you’re an esthetician, you might find this very interesting.
UPPER FOREHEAD (Zone 1): You could be experiencing poor digestive health and/or your body may be having trouble digesting food, which can lead to a build-up of toxins.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System.
The Fix: Load up on antioxidant rich foods like berries, nuts and green tea.
LOWER FOREHEAD (Zone 2): Breakouts in this area of your face can be triggered by irregular sleep, stress, bad blood circulation or depression.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System
The Fix: Adults require 7-8 hours of sleep per day. However, the National Sleep Foundation says there is no “magic number” of hours. The number of hours needed varies across populations and the individual. Get more beauty sleep.
BETWEEN EYEBROWS (Zone 3): Pimples in this area can be a directly linked to consuming too much alcohol or a diet that’s high in fat. This area can also indicate a food allergy.
Associated with the: Liver.
The Fix: Cut down on the partying. Eat more fruit and leafy greens.
UNDER EYES (Zone 4): Dark circles in these areas is a sign of dehydration.
Associated with the: Kidneys.
The Fix: Drink more water for your skin.
NOSE (Zone 5): This area can tell you if you are experiencing too many fluctuations in blood pressure and stress.
Associated with the: Heart.
The Fix: Manage your blood pressure with a monitor.
RIGHT AND LEFT CHEEKS (Zone 6): Do you have lung allergies or smoke cigarettes? Those who smoke tend to have acne breakouts on the cheeks. Also, you may see broken capillaries in this area. Acne in the lower parts of your cheeks may suggest dental issues like Gingivitis.
Associated with the: Lungs/Respiratory System.
The Fix: Quit smoking.
SIDES OF CHIN (Zone 7): Hormonal changes and stress can leave this spot imbalanced. Breakouts occur on either side of your chin right around the time of your menstrual cycle. Interesting Fact (from laurenconrad.com) Breakouts in this area happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.
Associated with the: Reproductive organ or kidneys.
BOTTOM OF CHIN (Zone 8): This is a sign of digestive issues.
Associated with the: Stomach.
The Fix: Try adding more fiber to your diet or detoxing.
EARS (Zone 9): You could be experiencing dehydration which could be caused from too much salt and caffeine. If you drink too much soda, coffee or alcohol, this area can get affected.
Associated with the: Kidneys.
The Fix: Drink more water — limit your salt intake.