Face Mapping: What Do Acne Trouble Spots Say About Your Inner Health?

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Face mapping combines modern skin care with Traditional Chinese Medicine. The idea behind face mapping is that your skin reflects your inner health, and that different areas of the face are connected to different organs in the body. If you get acne, you can understand what may be causing it by analyzing where on the face you get it. Beauty and natural health expert Sandy Gold shows us how to combat common impurities on our face using the wisdom of face mapping.

Zone #1: The Forehead

forehead acne abd the digestive system

Breakouts across the forehead are often related to the digestive system. This could be caused by high amounts of fat in your diet. Sandy suggests eating less sugary and processed foods and drinking a lot of water to help flush out toxins. The forehead has a high concentration of oil glands on the face, so try tea tree oil as a spot treatment to prevent and treat blemishes. Tea tree oil has powerful anti-bacterial properties that work to destroy acne without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

If you are prone to acne in this area, your shampoo and conditioner may contain ingredients and chemicals that are irritating to your skin, which can make your acne worse. Sandy recommends switching to a natural shampoo and conditioner that is gentle on the skin

Sandy recommends: Attitude Shampoo

Zone #2: The Cheeks

Breakouts on the cheeks are related to the respiratory system. Smoking or breathing polluted air can cause breakouts in this area. Sandy recommends increasing your exposure to fresh air and going for long walks outdoors. Breakouts on the cheeks are often made worse by things touching your face, such as your hands, cell phone and pillowcase. Wipe down your cell phone with a moist baby wipe regularly, and change your pillowcase every day to avoid transferring oils back and forth from your pillowcase

Sandy recommends: Seventh Generation natural baby wipes

Zone #3: Chin & Jawline

Chin and Jawline Acne

Breakouts on the chin and jawline are often related to hormones and the menstrual cycle for women. Although there is little that can be done to prevent the few blemishes that show up once a month in this area, plenty of exercise and clean healthy eating is always good. Sandy also recommends exfoliating with gram flower, which is made from ground chickpeas, and is a popular treatment in Indian cultures to help even out the skin tone.

Recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons of gram flour
  • 2 tablespoons of milk (milk is known for its hydrating properties)
  • Combine in a bowl, apply mixture to face, leave on for 10-15 minutes

Another suggestion is to try moisturizing with calendula, which is a flower rich in flavonoids and a powerful plant-based anti-oxidant. It helps to strengthen and protect skin cells and is known to help fight infection and bacteria, so it's great for acne.

Sandy recommends: Sigrid Naturals Calendula ointment

Zone #4: Under Eyes

Under your eyes

Under eyes that are dark and/or puffy are often related to your kidneys. This could be caused by stress and dehydration. Sandy recommends drinking plenty of water because your kidneys love water, and being dehydrated can cause stress hormones to elevate. She also recommends that you avoid caffeine and salt, and try rooibos tea. Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free, and has many health benefits: It’s loaded with anti-oxidants which help protect against cell damage.

If you only get dark/puffy under eyes after a night of partying or when you don't get enough sleep, try a green tea compress. The caffeine in green tea will help to get rid of the puffiness. Green tea is also loaded with antioxidants, which are beneficial to the skin.

Directions:

  • Steep two bags of green tea and then chill overnight in the fridge
  • Place the steeped and chilled green tea bags over your eyes
  • Leave on for 10 minutes

 

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