Face Mapping: What Is Your Acne Telling You?
I’ve said this so many times that it feels like my mantra… your skin is really good at telling you what’s going on inside your body.
So many skin complaints, conditions and problems, and even lines and wrinkles, seen on the outside can be an indication of further underlying health issues on the inside.
But what if I told you that your skin not only shows you that SOMETHING is wrong, but can actually tell you WHAT THE ACTUAL PROBLEM IS (or at least an indication)?
Pretty damn cool, right?
One of the skin conditions that best shows this idea in action is acne.
I always knew that the spots and blemishes which developed along my jawline each month were due to hormonal fluctuations during my monthly cycle. But the ancient art of face reading or face mapping held the key to the mysteries of my problem skin.
Using the image, above, here is how to decode what acne, spots and blemishes appearing in different areas of your face is trying to tell you…
1 & 2 – Digestive System: Spots developing on the forehead indicate a problem with your digestive system. Eat less junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step-up your water intake, and opt for cooling foods such as cucumbers.
3 – Liver: Spots and blemishes found between the eyebrows points to your liver, so cut out alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is also the zone where allergies show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. As well as all this, try to do 30 minutes of light exercise each day, and get enough sleep so your liver can rest.
4 & 5 – Kidneys: Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!
6 – Heart: Blemishes found on your nose point to your heart. Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Cut down on spicy food and meat. Look at ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omega 3 and 6, found in nuts, avocados, fish, etc. Get more fresh air.
7 & 8 – Kidneys: Again, drink up! And cut down on fizzy drinks, caffeine and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.
9 & 10 – Respiratory System: Spots and blemishes on your cheeks point to the respiratory system. Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is the problem area for both. If neither of these is an issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down your sugar intake, and get more fresh air.
Also, keep your body alkaline (its natural state) by avoiding foods that make the body more acidic – meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar – and adding more alkalising foods like green veggies.
Another thing to think about – dirty mobile phones and pillow cases are two of the top culprits for causing acne on your cheeks.
11 & 12 – Hormones: The jawline is the signature zone for hormonal changes and stress. This is the area you’ll most likely notice blemishes appearing around the time of your period.
While both stress and hormonal changes are sometime unavoidable, you can lessen their effect by getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, eating a healthy balanced diet, enjoying exercise and fresh air, and getting plenty of relaxation time.
13 – Stomach: Spots and blemishes on your chin indicate problems with the stomach. Increase your fibre intake, reduce toxin overload (poor diet, alcohol, caffeine, stress, etc.), and drink herbal teas to help with digestion – peppermint, nettle & fennel seed, lemon & ginger are all good ones.
14 – Illness: Spots and blemishes can be a sign that your body is over-worked fighting bacteria and disease, it is so busy dealing with this sudden onslaught of illness that it stops working efficiently in other ways, so instead of toxins being flushed out through the normal waste channels, they are pushed out through the skin instead.
Give your body a break – take a yoga class, enjoy a walk in the countryside, take a nap, find time to meditate or breathe deeply, drink plenty of water.
Our Clarifying Facial Collection is designed to support your skin, as well as to soothe and heal acne breakouts. Using beautiful natural ingredients such as burdock root extract, calendula, jojoba oil, and essential oils of bergamot and peppermint, this facial range formulated specifically for acne-prone skin, will help to remove toxic build-up from the skin and balance your skin’s natural oil levels.
But, the next time you notice a spot or blemish, it may be useful to take the time to consider face mapping, as your skin is probably trying to give you a message from your internal organs. However, as with any medical issue, it is always good to get a doctor’s opinion. This is just a general guide to set you in the right investigative direction.
If you think your spots aren’t a result of any of the issues mentioned above, then you may have comedonal acne. This is when a pore gets blocked which causes a build-up of bacteria. The most common cause of blocked pores is the skincare products, toiletries and cosmetics you apply to your skin. Our Clarifying Facial Range has been carefully developed to include only ingredients which are suitable for acne-prone skin, and can be useful no-matter what the cause of your acne.