Have you ever had a breakout in a random spot on your face and asked yourself "Why is this happening?!" Believe it or not, breakouts aren't as random as we think they are. According to Ayurvedic practices and ancient Chinese medicine, there is a specific reason for every breakout in specific areas of your face.
Because certain areas of your face represent internal areas of your body, "face mapping" serves as a great guideline to help you understand why that pimple popped up in that spot. Below we've laid out a guide to help you understand and try to prevent future breakouts from arising.
Connected with: Digestive System
What It Means: Breaking out around your forehead may have a lot to do with poor digestion due to toxins and lack of water. It may indicate that you're having a hard time breaking down certain foods or that there are too many toxins in your liver, you're over-stressed or have an irregular sleep schedule.
Solution: Try your best to head to bed early and wake up early. You'll also want to drink more water to flush out toxins and avoid soda or carbonated beverages. It's also important to get about 20-30 minutes of light exercise daily but to also get plenty of rest and relaxation. If you have bangs or wear hats, make sure to keep them clean. If you still see issues, check to see if your shampoo and/or conditioner may be irritating your skin.
T-Zone/Between the Brows
Connected with: Liver
What It Means: Your liver may be having a tough time if you're breaking out more in your t-zone or between your eyebrows. Eating greasy or fatty foods can be a possible cause of these type of breakouts. Too much alcohol may also be the culprit.
Solution: Try to avoid smoking and alcohol, eat lighter foods that are less "rich", avoid late night snacks and get more sleep. You'll still want to exercise but avoid overly strenuous exercise.
Around the eyes
Connected with: Kidneys
What It Means: This may seem like a weird place for breakouts to show up, but it's fairly common among those who are dehydrated. Aside from experiencing breakouts around the eyes, those who are dehydrated may also experience dark under-eye circles.
Solution: Drinking water is key for breakouts around the eyes. Again, the recommended amount is about 8 eight-ounce glasses per day.
Connected with: Lungs
What It Means: Think a lot about what you're breathing in. Since the tops of your cheeks are linked to your lungs, being in a heavily polluted area can contribute to this. Also, bacteria on the surface of your cell phone or pillow case can also contribute.
Solution: Eat more cooling foods such as gourds, winter melons and green beans. Decompress and relax more. Make sure to keep a clean pillowcase and constantly clean off your phone, especially before you hold it up to your ear.
Connected with: Mouth
What It Means: Poor hygiene or dental health may come through as a breakout here. It may also have a lot to do with eating too much sugary foods or drinks.
Solution: Make sure that you are avoiding sugary foods or drinks, but also that you're brushing and flossing regularly. It may also help to eat more fiber and eat less spicy and fried foods.
Connected with: Heart
What It Means: Seeing breakouts on or around the nose may represent high blood pressure, or taking in too much sugary foods or drinks.
Solution: Diet modification is super important. Avoid energy drinks, reduce salt intake and eat more fruits and vegetables. It may also help for you to eat warm temperature foods (not too cold or too hot). You can try to massage the area around your nose for better circulation. Trying to incorporate more Vitamin B is also a great way to help rid your nose of breakouts.
Connected with: Kidneys
What It Means: Probably one of the most bizarre and confusing places to get a breakout, this usually means that you're dehydrated.
Solution: Make sure to constantly stay hydrated, drinking about 8 eight-ounce glasses a day.
Connected with: Small Intestine
What It Means: Changing up your diet can make a huge difference. You may be taking in too much dairy or oily meats.
Solution: Try your best not to eat close to bedtime. Reduce stress as much as possible. Massage your abdomen for relaxation. You may also benefit from drinking spearmint tea and taking Omega-3s to help regulate hormones.
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