How To: Understand Your Skin with Face Mapping

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original image from Google, numbers added my own

I first discovered ‘face mapping’ when I was struggling with unexplained redness on my cheeks and breakouts between my eyebrows back in January.

I stumbled onto Lauren Conrad’s ‘face mapping’ post and when I started to incorporate some of the advice on the post, my skin was noticeably better. Since then, I have regularly referenced back to it whenever my skin acts up.

With further research, I discovered that ‘face mapping’ has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine which purports that all organs in the body are interconnected. Face mapping is the idea that different parts of the face correspond to different internal organs and that the health of each organ can be read by what is happening on each region of the face.  

For my post on face mapping, I am combining 3 of my favorite sources (here, here and here) into one as a handy guide for myself and for any interested. 🙂

Note: I am not a dermatologist or a Chinese medicine practitioner. If you have persisting acne or symptoms, please consult a professional. 

Zone 1 – Forehead

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Lack of sleep
  • Too much fatty foods
  • Bacteria from hair (bangs etc)
  • Irritation from hair prodcuts

What to do…

  • Try to get 7 -9 hours of sleep
  • Try to get at least 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day
  • Make healthier food choices – less soda, less refined sugar, more water and green veggies
  • Keep your hair out of your face and clean your hats
  • Check if shampoos, conditioners, and hair products are irritating your skin

Zone 2 – Temples

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Increased intake in rich foods
  • Bacteria from sweat etc.

What to do…

  • Make healthier food choices
  • Clean the area especially after sweating

Zone 3 – Between Eyebrows

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Lack of sleep
  • Increased intake in rich foods

What to do…

  • Try to get at least 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day
  • Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Try to avoid or reduce alcohol intake and smoking
  • Make healthier food choices – e.g. replace butter with coconut oil

Zone 4 – Eyes

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Dehydration

What to do…

  • Drink up!

Zone 5 – Cheeks

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Breathing in polluted air
  • Troubles with your respiratory system

What to do…

  • Step outside and breathe fresh air
  • Reduce smoking if possible
  • Make healthier food choices – e.g. incorporate more greens into your diet
  • Wash your pillowcases and wipe down cellphones regularly

Zone 6 – Nose

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Bacteria on your nose
  • Lack of fresh air
  • Lack of exercise
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Lack of Vitamin B

What to do…

  • Get more fresh air
  • Exercise
  • Eat more Vitamin B e.g. bananas, molasses, legumes, whole grains
  • Check your blood pressure
  • Sanitize your makeup and makeup brushes/check the expiry dates of your skincare products

Zone 7 – Lips

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Bacteria
  • Lack of fiber

What to do…

  • Increase fiber intake e.g. green veggies
  • Change your toothpaste, lip products

Zone 8 – Sides of Chin

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Hormonal changes: for women, breakouts here occur around the time of your period and happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month
  • Stress

What to do…

  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink up!
  • Eat your greens
  • Take Omega 3 supplements to regulate hormones
  • Keep that area clean and bacteria free as much as possible

Zone 9 – Middle of Chin

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Lack of fiber
  • Digestive tract issues

What to do…

  • Step up fiber intake

Zone 10 – Jawline

Breakouts here might mean…

  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Bacteria

What to do….

  • Drink up
  • Manage your stress with relaxation techniques that help you
  • Keep the area clean

Zone 11 – Neck

Breakouts here might mean…

  • your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness

What to do…

  • Take extra care of your body
  • Drink up!

I’ve been using face mapping to understand the skin for the past year and it has proved to be very useful. I hope it helps you too!

stay true xo

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4 thoughts on “How To: Understand Your Skin with Face Mapping

    • Glad you found it helpful Lena.I still have some breakouts on my cheek and am trying to up my fresh air intake 🙂

    • where do you tend to break out Annie? I get a lot of hormonal breakouts when it’s that time of the month. Face mapping aside, I’ve found that eating a diet full of fresh fruits and veggies, getting lots of sleep and drinking lots of water really helps! 🙂

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