Your skin is your biggest and most visible organ. But it differs from many organs in one simple way: When it’s experiencing a problem, you sure as heck know about it.
This has led to a wide range of techniques designed to help keep your complexion as clear and healthy as can be. Face mapping is one of them. It stems from an ancient Chinese belief that a person’s skin is a reflection of their inner health. And we know #beautybeginswithin. It's based on the idea that a blemish on your face is an indication of a deeper issue.
Chinese face mapping is a 3,000-year-old practice. It views the face as a map with each section connecting to different organs. Recently I've heard about Acne Face Mapping, which gently nods to the ancient Chinese beliefs, yet focuses more on scientific causes of breakouts and long-term acne. While there’s little research to prove that a specific factor can cause acne in a specific area, the technique is becoming more and more popular due to acne’s prevalence. So, this made me curious to learn more.
Acne is believed to be the most common skin problem.
Acne face mapping believes that if you study where your breakouts appear, you can find the trigger. And once you know the trigger, you could put an end to your pimples.
This technique, just like Chinese Face Mapping, splits the face into zones that correspond with a particular medical or lifestyle issue. Here’s how it supposedly works.
This is linked to stress and diet. Working with your health care practitioner here to ensure stress is managed effectively, the nervous system is supported and, importantly, the diet is address to ensure it's largely based on wholefoods (not processed and packaged foods). Crucial foundations for good health, such as, ensuring good quality sleep, and drinking plenty of water must also be addressed.
Classed as a separate area, hairline problems relate to a buildup of hair or makeup products that include pore-clogging ingredients.
Breakouts caused by hair products is known as pomade acne. Address makeup to make sure it's not contributing in a negative way, and double cleansing skin and looking for noncomedogenic skin care and body care products.
Between the brows is again related to diet. Breakouts between the brows have links to consuming too much alcohol or a diet hight in fatty or processed foods.
Your cheeks can be affected by outside influences such as air pollution and bacteria from the likes of pillowcases and cellphones. To combat, clean skin thoroughly and wash pillowcases regularly.
Diet is also believed to have an impact here. A 2012 study found a link between frequent sugar intake and acne risk. And a recent review of numerous studies also
Your chin and jawline is a mirror image of your hormonal balance. During menstruation and pregnancy, excess hormones can lead to breakouts. Understanding hormone levels and the impact they're having is important here.
What does it all mean
We know #beautybeginswithin, and we must look at the signs our skin is signalling to us. Work with your health care practitioner for personalised advice ranging from dietary changes to lifestyle adjustments. Feel free to DM me any questions you have. Whilst we clean up the inside, we need to make sure our skin care product are also clean. Face Essentials Pack is the ideal place to start.