Was it something I said? Stress? Hormones? Food? Trying to understand the mysteries of what triggers your skin issues can seem like a never ending and impossible task (don’t worry, we’ve all been there!). That’s where the art of face mapping comes in.
Face mapping is an ancient Chinese practice stemming from Ayurveda teachings that treats the face as a mirror for any underlying health issues. Face mapping connects different areas of the face to specific health issues, allowing you to heal your skin by making health and lifestyle changes according to where your troubles are.
Reading Your Skin
Above the Brows
Cause: The forehead and above the brows is reflective of our nervous system, bladder, intestines and digestion.
- Drink lots of water to flush out any toxins in your system
- Try to eliminate or reduce caffeine consumption
- Avoid processed sugary foods and drinks
Between the Brows
Cause: Skin troubles in that small space between your brows are usually connected to issues in the liver and stomach.
- Avoid overly strenuous exercises and instead, opt for yoga and walking and relaxing practices like meditation
- Aim for 8 hours sleep per night
- Increase green leafy vegetables and alkalising foods
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Avoid eating late at night
Cause: Skin issues around the nose can be caused by the heart and cardiovascular system, including circulation issues, blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Eat less meat and salty foods
- Get your cholesterol levels and blood pressure checked
- Increase your consumption of calcium-rich foods
- Make the switch to herbal teas
Cause: The right cheek is a sign that the lungs and respiratory system might be unhappy with sinus issues or allergies. While the left cheek relates to the liver, stomach and inflammation.
- Clean your phone screen regularly
- Change your pillowcase regularly
- Use toxic-free products around the house and on your skin
- Drink water with lemon
- Avoid ‘junk food’ that is highly processed and high in sugar
Jawline and Chin
Cause: Reproductive organs (endocrine system) and the stomach are the main causes for acne and other skin troubles on the chin and jawline.
- Reduce stress as much as possible by practising yoga and meditation
- Try to avoid fatty and sugary foods as well as caffeine and alcohol
- Eat plenty of fibre-rich foods like chia, marshmallow, slippery elm to calm the stomach and balance hormones
Cause: Acne on and around the neck is typically traced back to issues with the thyroid.
- Get your hormones checked by a healthcare professional for any imbalances
- Consider taking an omega 3, vitamin D, and magnesium supplement to help support healthy hormones
- Avoid hormone-disrupting chemicals in skincare and beauty products and around the home
*This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.