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Skin Mapping: Find out what the location of your breakouts mean

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

You may have heard that your skin is a reflection of your health. A blemish on your face may be a sign of an imbalance, whether it is related to nutrition, hormones, genetics, or environmental factors. Skin is the body’s largest organ, and it communicates with the internal organs, ultimately dictating what shows – or doesn’t – on our faces.

Do you want to know how you can improve your health for radiant skin? Skin mapping, also known as face mapping, is a technique originally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. The idea is that the face is a mirror of your health – various areas, or “zones,” of the face correlate to specific organs and reveal their condition. Face mapping guides you to look beyond the surface and treat the underlying cause of a skin condition.

I personally struggled with painful cystic acne on my chin, and it wasn't until I had a helpful esthetician tell me that it was "internal" I remember being like "Huh??" and then going home and researching more about it. I was amazed to learn about how different breakouts occur, for different reasons. I do think an occasional random pimple is bound to happen, and you shouldn't rush to decipher what every single pimple means, but most of the time, you can likely pin point why it's occurring in a certain location.

FOREHEAD The forehead is a window to the liver and gallbladder. Excessive fat consumption and/or too much alcohol may cause breakouts in this area. Balance your system by minimizing rich foods and alcoholic beverages and drinking plenty of herbal tea and fresh water. Milk thistle and burdock root are often used to help support liver and gallbladder health.

BETWEEN THE EYEBROWS The area between your eyebrows, also known as the “third eye,” is said to be connected to your stomach and liver. Poor digestion and toxic buildup may lead to blemishes in this area. Try an elimination diet to rule out any allergies or intolerances and consider a gentle cleanse. Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can also improve digestive health.

TEMPLES AND BROW LINE The temples and brow line correlate to the kidneys. Issues in this region could indicate dehydration and/or overworked kidneys. Low back pain typically goes hand-in-hand with these symptoms. Try drinking more water and including superfoods, such as kale, spinach, berries, and algae, in your diet.

UNDER THE EYES The area under your eyes represents the condition of the stomach, kidneys, and liver. If you’re experiencing puffiness or dark circles under your eyes, consider reducing or removing alcohol, caffeine, and sugar from your diet. Drink plenty of water and detoxifying tea and make sure you to get enough quality sleep.

BRIDGE OF NOSE AND UPPER AREA OF CHEEKS The bridge of your nose and upper area of your cheeks is said to be connected to the heart. Rashes like rosacea commonly appear in this area. Try replacing unhealthy saturated fats with healthy fats loaded with omega fatty acids to boost your HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol). Opt for raw nuts, avocado, salmon, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.

MIDDLE REGION OF THE CHEEKS The middle region of the cheeks is a window to the stomach and lungs. This area of the face is notorious for rosacea as well as breakouts and hyperpigmentation. Consider common allergens like wheat and dairy. Try alkalizing your body by eating plenty of green vegetables and reducing acid-forming foods like alcohol, caffeine, and sugar.

LOWER CHEEKS AND NOSE The lower cheeks and nose get bossed around by the liver and stomach. This area is prone to wrinkles and breakouts and can usually be blamed on food intolerances and toxic buildup. Clean up your diet and add in some cleansing vegetable juice. Experiment to see what type of eating approach is sustainable for you and optimizes your baseline.

MOUTH REGION The mouth region is also connected to the stomach. Consider food sensitivities and toxic buildup. You may want to try a gentle detox or an elimination diet and add more green vegetables and fiber to your meals.

JAWLINE The jawline is a window to the ovaries and/or colon, and breakouts here can be triggered by hormonal stress, especially in women. A consistent menstrual cycle can help keep hormones and circulation healthy. While menstruating, women should include a lot of greens and hydrating foods. Try a balanced, low-glycemic diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Keep stress levels under control and ensure that you are getting quality sleep.

LYMPH NODES The lymph nodes can gauge stress levels and can often determine if the body is trying to fight off illness. Our glands swell when they are fighting off bacteria – a good sign that our bodies are working to process the bad stuff. If your glands feel irritated or swollen, take the time to unwind by practicing self-care. Extra rest, a balanced diet, yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation can all help reduce emotional and physical stress that interferes with your body’s natural healing process.

Skin mapping is a very specific technique, but it all comes down to balancing your baseline health, improving your immunity, pinpointing sensitivities, and discovering the approach that truly works for you, not against you. No two people are the same, and every individual will require a different protocol for optimal health, both inside and out.

REFERENCES • Wolfe, D. (2016). Chinese face map reveals internal body issues from pimples and rashes. Retrieved from


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