Written by: Sinéad Gormley

In the past, face mapping is something that I thought had little truth to it. But in recent years, the more I’ve read about it, the more I can see that it actually is a great indication of our inner health. Whenever I get acne, it’s always, without fail, located around my chin and jawline, and never anywhere else.

According to face mapping, this could mean that my hormones are off balance. And sure enough, when I had a blood test specifically to check for this imbalance, it proved to be true!

What exactly is face mapping?

Traditional Chinese medicine calls the face ‘the window to your health’, as breakouts in certain areas can help us to recognise what is going on inside our bodies. Face mapping looks at different areas of the face where breakouts occur and links these to our inner health.

Forehead: Breakouts around the forehead area are directly linked to the digestive system. When you have poor digestion, the body will have trouble breaking down food, resulting in a possible build up of toxins. Try to include more antioxidant rich foods and drinks into your diet, such as green tea, lemon water and berries.

Acne around this area can also occur if you are lactose intolerant. Try eliminating dairy from your diet for 2-4 weeks to see if you notice a difference.

Nose: Blemishes around the nose area can reflect problems with blood pressure and/or stress.

Cheeks: Breakouts around the cheeks can indicate issues with the lungs. If you have allergies, respiratory issues, or you are a heavy smoker, you may notice acne in this area.

Mouth and middle of chin: Acne in this area is associated with a lack of fibre in the diet, possibly due to a poor diet high in processed food/fast food. Try to increase your fibre intake to avoid toxin overloads by eating lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains.

Chin and jawline: Acne situated around the chin and jawline can be linked to hormonal issues. Breakouts in this area for women are often associated with the menstrual cycle. For both genders, it can be a result of hormonal imbalance or stress. Try to include many foods rich in Omega 3 into your diet, and make that try to control your stress levels.

Of course, having acne in these areas does not definitely mean that it is linked to a certain issue according to face mapping, but I do believe that more often than not it can be true. We must also take into consideration external issues which can also play a part in having blemishes. Examples of external factors would be not cleansing your face thoroughly, not changing pillowcases regularly, touching your face too often, etc.


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