We’ve all had that one pesky pimple that just won’t go away. There are hundreds of acne solutions out there, ranging from avoiding certain foods to prevent pimples to using certain products. Pimples can be unsightly and embarrassing, however, they can also serve as signals for health issues.
According to a concept called face-mapping, pimples in a certain area of your face correspond to a specific issue.
Face-Mapping dates back several thousand years ago to the days of ancient Chinese medicine. The concept has evolved over time but the main idea, that your pimples are a reflection of what’s going on in your body, has remained the same.
Pimples in the forehead region are related to stress. If pimples are clustered in the eyebrow or nose area that can be associated with an imbalance in the kidney, stomach or spleen. Cutting down on drinking and smoking and upping your vegetable intake could help according to Chapman Lee, Chinese scholar and founder of skincare line Baszicare.
Pimples on your checks are linked to an imbalance in your liver and lungs. To get rid of pimples in this area, spend more time at the gym and avoid spicy foods (sorry, Sriracha-lovers). If the breakouts are closer to the nose, it could be the result of an imbalance in the small intestine. If this is the case, you should avoid cold drinks.
Breakouts in the cheek region could also be caused by dirt from your cell phone or pillowcase. Cosmopolitan recommends cleaning your phone with antibacterial wipes daily and keeping your hands off your face.
Breakouts in the jaw area are most likely caused by an imbalance in the large intestine and colon. This can be prevented by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, just like Mom always says. There are a lot of different foods you should eat for glowing skin, including avocados, dark chocolate, and tomatoes.
Pimples on the chin are related to the spleen, kidneys and digestive system. Pimples in this area could also be linked to hormone changes. You can counterbalance this by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping your skin clean.
So next time you’re breaking out, don’t ignore your body’s signals to you. This is your body’s way of communicating what’s going on inside. Rather than purchasing expensive acne solutions, use face-mapping to understand the root of the problem rather than just covering it up. Using face-mapping can help you get rid of pesky breakouts and improve your overall health at the same time. Talk about a win-win.