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Wondering what's causing your breakouts? It's all about Location, Location, Location! A lot of the time, the location of your acne may have something to do with what’s going on inside your body. The ancient Chinese practice of face mapping can help.
There are countless skincare products that promise to banish blemishes, but getting rid of acne isn’t always that simple. Sometimes internal health issues are behind what triggers acne, and the location of the pimples actually presents a clue as to what’s causing it. Enter face mapping.
Ever wonder why pimples tend to pop up in the same spot over and over again? According to an ancient Ayurvedic technique called face mapping, the location of your acne may have something to do with what’s happening inside your body!
What exactly is face mapping?
Face mapping lines up a correlation between your internal organs and different zones of your face, helping identify health or lifestyle factors that might be behind your breakouts.
“According to alternative Chinese medicine, where your acne shows up can give you important clues about your health. The Ayurvedic practice, called face mapping, connects a flare-up point on the face helping to diagnose and treat internal diseases.” says saludmóvil’s™ integrative medicine expert, Dr. Joseph Mosquera
Dermatologist in the US now commonly use this method, mapping out acne hot zones and what they could indicate about your health.
We’ve broken down the different zones on the face, and tell you what breaking out in various places says about your health- and what you can do about it.
The Meaning Of Pimple Location
Zone region 1 & 2: Upper and Lower Forehead
Connected to: Habits
The majority of forehead blemishes may be bacterial and can indicate that we have poor lifestyle habits.
“ The forehead pimples may be caused by eating an unhealthy diet, not getting enough sleep, or poor hygiene.”Says Dr. Mosquera.
The habit of people touching their T-zones as shown in one study may also be a likely cause of this forehead acne.
Zone 3: Between the Eyebrows
Connected to: liver
This area can indicate that we are drinking too much alcohol, may have a food allergy, or are eating a diet too high in trans fat.
Many people experience acne in this spot of their face due to certain foods they eat. Some doctors will argue that diet has little effect on acne, but there are studies showing there is a correlation between acne and diet.
“ Like your forehead, eyebrows is an area that is prone to bad habits, especially when we do not stick to a clean skin regimen.” Says Dr.Mosquera.
Zone 4: Under and Around the Eyes
Connected to: kidneys and liver
Small bumps that look like pimples are common around the eyes. This is due to high levels of fat in the bloodstream and excess growth of sweat glands.
Lupus patients with diminished kidney function for example are more likely to have these acne like formations called milia under their eyes.
General dark coloring under the eyes could also be a clue of dehydration.
Zone 5: Nose
Connected to: heart
The nose is believed to be associated with the heart, specifically high blood pressure.
Scientific backing can be shown in one study that found a correlation between nose bleeds and heart attacks.
“ Folate, Vitamin B6, and B12 are three of the B vitamins that should be included in your diet. They reduce risk of heart disease or stroke.” Says Dr. Mosquera.
You can find folate naturally in healthy foods such as spinach, broccoli, or cauliflower.
Zone 6: Cheeks
Connected to: respiratory system
Smoking can deprive oxygen to the skin, so if you are a smoker, you have a higher chance of developing acne. Studies have shown that smoking may cause acne.
Cheeks are also affected by acne rosacea, which is caused by dilated blood vessels in the skin. Hence the flushed appearance.
“ Rosacea is aggravated by smoking and even spicy foods.” Says Dr. Mosquera
Also keep in mind cheeks are often pounded with cosmetics and products, and often cheek acne is due to not removing makeup or dirty pillowcases.
Zone 7: Sides of Chin
Connected to: reproductive organs
Side chin acne may suggest a hormonal imbalance in our body. These hormonal changes can be induced by puberty, menopause, periods, menopause, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
“ Birth control for women or testosterone injections for men often cause hormonal imbalance and breakouts on the sides of the chin. ” says Dr. Mosquera.
Hormone fluctuations can also be caused by excessive sugar and carb intake, along with sleep deprivation and stress. This leads to an increase in oil production from our skin which causes breakouts.
Zone 8: Bottom of Chin
Connected to: stomach
Blemishes along the jawline and on the bottom side of our chin can mean that we are digestive issues. This includes constant bloating, gas, and irregular bowel movements. In one study, Numerous digestive conditions are known to give issues in and near this area of the face as shown.
“ With chin pimples it can be helpful to take a fiber supplement after meals. They will also help with overeating, helping you feel more full.” Says Dr. Mosquera.
Tips for Preventing Breakouts in all 8 Zones
- Stay Hydrated and drink more water.
- Reduce your sugar and carbohydrate intake.
- Take a shower and wash your face right after exercising.
- Frequently wash hats, hair, hair ties, headbands, bandanas, scarfs, headbands, and any type of headwear .
- Wash your hands often and always after using the restroom.
Keep in mind, having a pimple or two in one in any of these zones doesn’t indicate you have a serious health issue, But if you have chronic acne that hasn’t been stopped by any beauty regime, it might be worth asking your doctor to look into a potential internal link.