*This is a guest post from Jessica*
Acne sucks. There, I said it. You know it, I know it, heck even the acne knows it!
Yet it’s a skin condition that continues to blight us, even when we leave behind our teenage selves and think we just might be getting closer to being an adult.
Wait, maybe I’m being too harsh, could acne be telling us something about our health that we shouldn’t ignore?
Yes, your facial acne could actually be telling you something about the general health of your body.
I don’t want to go with a scare tactic like the Daily Mail did with their story “Annoying spot on your nose? It may be Cancer“, but it’s a topic that is worth investigating—which is why we’re going to look at face mapping and how this can give us insights into our health.
What is face mapping?
It is a technique developed by The International Dermal Institute where the face is divided into zones, so that therapists can carry out a methodical analysis of the face and identify any underlying health problems.
So, if you keep getting acne breakouts in a particular zone on your face, it’s worth taking the time to identify potential underlying causes and address them. The face map is broken up into 14 separate areas, so let’s get started decoding that mother!
Zones 1 and 3
Zones 1 and 3 on the forehead are supposed to be linked to the digestive and bladder systems. If you find that you’re mostly getting acne in this area, there may be too much fat in your diet.
Not quite Cancer like the news story above, but getting rid of those annoying spots would make cutting back on your fat intake and choosing a detox diet for acne a worthwhile change.
Also, drinking more water should help to clear this area of your face in the long run.
This is the area between your eyebrows and it is linked to the health of your liver. It is linked to too much consumption of alcohol (I’m still not stopping my naughty Saturdays!) or it may be due to your bad diet including too many rich foods.
Interestingly, though, it could be down to a food allergy such as lactose intolerance.
Zones 4 and 10
Zones 4 and 10 are those things stick out on the side of your head, otherwise known as ears, where the presence of acne is related to heath of your kidneys.
Once again, drinking enough water each day is meant to help alleviate symptoms.
Sadly, cutting down on two of my favourite things, namely alcohol and caffeine, are also supposed to help.
Zones 5 and 9
We’re now onto the cheeks where we are said to gain insight into the respiratory system. So, all the smokers out there or people who have allergies may experience breakouts in this area more often than not.
Instead, get some fresh air, stop puffing on those cigarettes, and get checked out for any underlying allergies.
Zones 6 and 8
Moving onto the windows to our soul … or, you know, our eyes.
These are linked to the kidneys and so it’s mainly dehydration that is put down as the cause of breakouts in this area of the face.
Solution? Drink more water.
But why can’t water taste like Coke? Surely I’m not the only one who wishes this!
Acne on the nose or above the upper lip may be due to high blood pressure or a sign of early rosacea. The zone is related to your heart and doing the usual things of eating healthy, exercising and keeping hydrated should improve your complexion.
Zones 11 and 13
This is the area just below the cheeks and it’s an area linked to stress or hormonal imbalance. Or, ahem, it could be those premenstrual breakouts.
This is linked to the area of your body where all those rich, heavy foods collect and get digested, namely the stomach, so this could be a sign that you need to add more fibre to your diet and, sadly, put down the donut.
We end with zone 14 which is the neck area and linked to illness. So, if you’re feeling under the weather, take some time to chill and relax, but not with a bottle of wine!
Damn. *hangs head*
What about you? Does the face map sound like a whole lot of twaddle to you or can see you see some truth in it? I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject!
My name is Jessica Fowler and I blog for VISS Beauty on acne, hair removal and others bits of beauty. Please let me know if you have any questions about the face map and I hope I’ve helped some of you with any acne troubles you may have.