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Face Mapping: What are Your Acne Breakouts Telling You?

Lauren Salapatek | September 16, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Did you know that your acne could be linked to health issues? According to traditional Chinese Medicine, internal imbalances in our body can show up on our face. These issues can show up in the form of acne, dark circles or rashes.

Although western medical practitioners find little truth to face mapping, many Eastern medicine practicitioners believe otherwise. "There are no medical studies to link facial mapping with specific breakout areas, but there may be factors you are overlooking," says dermatologist Dr. Brian Russell.

Whether you think it’s fact or fiction, there’s lots of information about Face Mapping that’s been published. According to Chinese medicine doctor, Dr. Wang Zheng Hu, the location of acne on your face can indicate their underlying cause. Here, MODERN has compiled our own face mapping guide which can help you diagnose your acne problems. If you're an esthetician, you might find this very interesting!

Face Mapping: What are Your Acne Breakouts Telling You?

UPPER FOREHEAD (Zone 1): You could be experiencing poor digestive health and/or your body may be having trouble breaking down food which can lead to a build-up of toxins.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System
The Fix: Load up on antioxidant rich foods like berries, nuts and green tea.

LOWER FOREHEAD (Zone 2): Breakouts in this area can be triggered by irregular sleep, stress, bad blood circulation or depression.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System
The Fix: According to mayoclinic.org, adults require 7-8 hours of sleep per day. However, the National Sleep Foundation says there is no "magic number" of hours. The number of hours of sleep you need varies across populations and the individual. Bottom line -- get more sleep!

BETWEEN EYEBROWS (Zone 3): Pimples in this area can be a directly linked to consuming too much alcohol or a diet that’s high in fat. This area can also indicate a food allergy.
Associated with the: Liver
The Fix: Cut down on the partying! ;) Eat more fruit and leafy greens.

UNDER EYES (Zone 4): Dark circles in these areas is a sign of dehydration.
Associated with the: Kidneys
The Fix: Drink more water. Track if you are drinking 8-12 glasses per day. It will do wonders for your skin!

NOSE (Zone 5): This area can tell you if you are experiencing too many fluctuations in blood pressure and stress.
Associated with the: Heart
The Fix: Manage your blood pressure by keeping an eye on it. Purchase a blood pressure monitor

RIGHT AND LEFT CHEEKS (Zone 6): Do you have lung allergies or smoke cigarettes? Those who smoke tend to have acne breakouts on the cheeks. Also, you may see broken capillaries in this area. Acne in the lower parts of your cheeks may suggest dental issues like Gingivitis.
Associated with the: Lungs/Respiratory System
The Fix: Take control of your lungs and quit smoking!

SIDES OF CHIN (Zone 7): Hormonal changes and stress can leave this spot imbalanced. Breakouts occur on either side of your chin right around the time of your menstrual cycle. Interesting Fact (from laurenconrad.com) Breakouts in this area happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.
Associated with the: Reproductive organ or kidneys

BOTTOM OF CHIN (Zone 8): This is a sign of digestive issues.
Associated with the:
Stomach
The Fix:
Try adding more fiber to your diet or detoxing.

EARS (Zone 9): You could be experiencing dehydration which could be caused from too much salt and caffeine. If you drink too much soda, coffee or alcohol, this area can get affected.
Associated with the: Kidneys
The Fix: Drink more water -- limit your salt intake.

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