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Acne Face Map: What Does Acne Reveal About Your Health

by Christine GlasgowJune 3, 2017

The Art of Acne Face Mapping Explained

We can be sure that human beings have been battling acne since they were living in caves and chasing woolly mammoths for dinner.  And that over the course of many millennia countless theories for just why it occurs and how to treat it have been put forward. Yet, in reality, the amount of definitive information about the causes of treatment of acne is relatively small.

Because acne is so hard for even medical professionals and scientists to truly figure out it’s hardly surprising that for ‘normal’ acne sufferers trying to find effective ways to treat and prevent acne is an ongoing project, and often an experimental one at that. Think about it, how many different acne treatments have you tried? How many life style changes have you made in the hopes that by doing so you’ll make your acne go away? We’ll bet it’s a lot more than a few.

The fact is that often the best way to try to treat and prevent acne is collect all the wisdom out there, read up on all the theories, maybe visit a doctor and then find a way to create your own personal acne battle plan.

With this in mind you might be interested in learning about the art of face mapping, and how it may be able to help you advance in your efforts to banish your unique skin problems.


What is Face Mapping?

Face mapping has its roots in both Ancient Chinese Medicine and in Ayurvedic medicine, a form of alternative medicine practiced in India for over 3,000 years. The belief behind face mapping is that the condition of your skin is a reflection of problems elsewhere in your body. So, depending upon where your breakouts occur, those zits and pimples may be a sign of health issues related to digestion, respiratory systems, mental health and more.

Before we get into the specifics of face mapping for acne, it should be noted that this is certainly not an exact science, and just because are prone to breakouts in certain areas doesn’t necessarily mean you are suffering from the conditions the map associates with them. It is however an interesting concept that many have found helpful. And when acne is a problem you deal with a lot, sometimes trying something new really helps.


The Acne Face Map Breakdown

As we mentioned, the acne face map breaks down the face into several distinct areas, offering possible causes for acne that occurs there as well as potential solutions. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look…


The Forehead

Yes, if you make careful use of makeup (and hairstyling) forehead breakouts are some of the easiest to conceal. That does not make them any less annoying though. And as they can be especially nasty, the scarring they can leave behind can be even harder to deal with.

Potential Causes of Forehead Breakouts

  • Sluggish liver function
  • Sluggish digestive function
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Toxin buildups (related to poor digestion)
  • Excessive sugar consumption
  • Using too many harsh hair products
  • Wearing bangs/grimy headgear (think worn baseball caps)

Possible Solutions for Forehead Breakouts to Try

  • Improve digestion and flush out toxins by drinking plenty of water, at least 8 glasses a day.
  • Actively practice stress reduction techniques, including things like meditation and yoga perhaps.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep, 7 to 8 hours a night is the ideal you should work towards.
  • Reduce your sugar consumption, including the hidden sugars that are in many processed foods (ketchup, pasta sauce, soups etc.)
  • Consider switching to hypo-allergenic hair products.
  • If you must wear bangs, pay special attention to the forehead area when cleansing your face.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol, as processing it strains the liver.


The Temples

Temple pimples can be terribly painful, even leading to headaches at times. So, if you can find a way to keep them at bay, why wouldn’t you?

Potential Causes of Breakouts in the Temple Area

  • Consuming excessive amounts of ‘bad’ fats
  • Sluggish gallbladder function
  • Sluggish lymphatic drainage

Possible Solutions for Temple Breakouts to Try

  • Cut the amount of saturated fats in your diet and avoid fast food at all costs!
  • Consider booking a massage, as improving lymphatic drainage is one of its many benefits.
  • See a doctor if you are concerned about gallbladder function, as that can become a serious health issue.


The Cheeks

Breakouts in the cheek area can be particularly distressing because they are so very visible.

Potential Causes of Breakouts in the Cheek Area

  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Sluggish digestion
  • Sluggish liver function
  • Dirt (from dirty cell phones, pillows, bed clothes etc.)
  • Poor dental hygiene

Possible Solutions for Cheek Breakouts to Try

  • Watch your stress levels, actively practice stress reduction techniques every day.
  • Maintain good dental hygiene, including keeping up with those six-monthly checkups.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to normalize digestion.
  • Keep your cellphone clean, using, if possible, alcohol based cleaning wipes.
  • Change bed linen once a week.
  • Add more probiotics to your diet to improve digestion. Yogurt is a great source of probiotics but so is miso, kimchi, sauerkraut and even pickles.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you consume to help improve liver function


The Nose           

Is there anything worse than a big pimple that, well, is right in front of your nose, literally?

Potential Causes of Breakouts on and Around the Nose

  • Sluggish digestive system
  • Constipation
  • Heart burn
  • Poor blood circulation
  • B Vitamin deficiency

Possible Solutions for Nose Breakouts to Try

  • Drink lots of water to speed up the normal digestive process.
  • Take a broad Vitamin B supplement, one that includes all the B vitamins.
  • Avoid consuming too many spicy foods if you are prone to heartburn
  • Massage the nose area to stimulate better blood flow.


Chin and Jawline

Chin and jawline breakouts are less visible, but are still something that none of us want to deal with if we can help it.

Potential Cause of Breakouts on the Chin and Jawline

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Sluggish kidney function
  • Too much contact with dirty hands/fingers
  • Stress

Possible Solutions for Chin and Jawline Breakouts to Try

  • Actively try to reduce your stress levels. Different things work for different people, so make an effort to discover what works for you. Sometimes talking a walk or listening to a great song is all you need!
  • Keep your hands as clean as possible and get into the habit of actively avoiding touching your face too often during the day. You should especially resist the temptation to rest your chin on your hands.
  • Practice good dental hygiene
  • Add fruits and vegetables to your diet that can help improve kidney function. These foods include cranberries, grapes, blueberries, onions, celery and fennel.
  • See a medical practitioner to discuss possible hormone imbalances and, if needed, proper treatment.

Lip Area

All the eating and drinking we have to do can make lip breakouts especially difficult to live with, as well as very nasty to look at.

Potential Causes of Breakouts in the Lip Area

  • Excessive consumption of fried or spicy foods
  • Sluggish digestion
  • Constipation
  • Ovulation

Possible Solutions for Lip Breakouts to Try

  • Keep properly hydrated at all times, drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Add fiber rich foods to your diet to combat constipation. Beans, lentils and even peas are especially good – and versatile – choices.
  • Cut down on fried and very spicy foods.


In conclusion: Better Health = Better Skin                      

If you have read this far then we are sure that by now you have figured out that certain health conditions kept popping up on these lists; sluggish digestion, stress, poor diet choices, less than great hygiene. And so, whether you believe that alternative medicine is valid or not it’s just common sense that taking better care of your health will result in better skin too.

Good health is, however, as many of you are probably thinking, not always protection against acne. This is true, even the healthiest, most balanced people on the planet can suffer from acne. But taking better care of your health is a great start. Combine that with better skin care in general and the battle against acne is half won already.

Now we’d like to hear from you. What are your thoughts on face mapping for acne? Do you think it’s something you could make use of as a tool? Let us know, we’re always interested in other opinions!


Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.

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