Face mapping is an ancient practice that is rooted in Ayurvedic teaching. It connects points on your face to a corresponding organ or body part. It helped ancient medical practitioners diagnose imbalances in the body to help prevent and correct disease.
The same techniques can be used today to help determine what’s causing fare ups and blemishes.
- Forehead: Pimples here are usually linked to the digestive system, and may indicate that you’re having a hard time breaking down certain foods and lack of water. It may also indicate liver problems, stress, or an irregular sleep schedule. Try using digestive bitters or digestive enzymes like bromelain and papaya before each meal to help break down foods, and make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you suspect liver issues, try some dandelion tea or some extra garlic and onions. Drinking hot water with lemon in the morning may also help.
- Around the eyes: The skin in this area is connected to the health of the kidneys. Conditions like dark under-eye circles may signify that the kidneys are malfunctioning or that you’re dehydrated.
- Between the brows: Did you have to break down and get fast food yesterday? Greasy, fatty foods may be connected to acne here. Stick with healthy choices as much as you can! Another possible cause—too much alcohol. If you find pimples here after a night out where you consumed a few drinks, that may be your issue.
- Cheeks: If you spent time in the city, had to sit in traffic for hours, or otherwise came into contact with polluted air, that may explain pimples showing up here. And unfortunately, the air in our homes can be just as bad, or worse! Consider adding plants that clean the air in your home. Allergies that affect the respiratory system may also be to blame, or if you pressed your cell phone against your skin while talking, germs may have been transferred to your face. Always wash skin thoroughly before bed to try to get rid of trace contaminants. Sometimes, acne here can be a symptom of too much sugar in your diet—cut back for a few days and see if that helps.
- Chin and jawline: Did these show up around that time of the month? Chin pimples often come around because of changes in your hormones. In the days before your period, try to pay extra attention to your skin care. Consider eating foods that help regulate our natural hormonal cycles. Also be sure you’re not resting your chin in your hands when bored or tired, as this can transfer oils from your fingers onto your chin, which can cause pimples.
So much of our external health depends on our internal health, and skin is no exception. So the next time you have a huge breakout that just won’t disappear, try turning to your face map! That being said, it’s important to remember not to self-diagnose if your acne gets worse, and instead, make a trip to see your doctor or dermatologist. Of course, following a healthy lifestyle never hurts and will likely leave you with softer, clearer skin regardless of face mapping’s accuracy.