Acne is an infection of our skin that gets inflamed by our immune system. However, knowing the reasons why we get acne on the outside can help us fix what is going on inside our bodies.
Acne is no longer just for teens and adolescents, as more and more adults today are known to suffer from this skin condition, and not all acne can be attributed to hormones.
Acne Face Map
Face mapping combines old techniques from Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as well as new dermatological techniques to explain the possible underlying causes of acne.
If we are having internal issues within the organs in our body they often show up as inflammation in the form of skin issues on our face and body, and this inflammation can be in the form of acne, dry skin, discoloration, and various different rashes.
Acne is an autoimmune disease. Meaning that the body’s immune system is attacking itself because it confuses normal cells in the body as foreign cells, usually resulting in inflammation which then arises on your facial skin in the form of a painful zit.
What is Your Acne Telling You?
Acne is a message your body is sending you that something is not right with it. Factors like stress, excess toxic components through food and environment, digestion issues, etc can all overload the immune system and result in breakouts.
Chinese traditional medicine practitioners have studied and taken this knowledge further and mapped the face into zones. Thus, when you get acne on the parts of the face; let’s say forehead, there could be a problem with your digestive system or bladder which in turn indicates that you need to drink more water to fix it.
- Upper forehead: This zone is linked to the stomach, and if you are getting acne here, make sure you eat more organic fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water. Also go in for probiotic foods like fermented items like kefir, and kombucha, as these will increase the good bacterial flora in your gut and reduce P.Acnes bacteria which are normally responsible for acne.
- Lower forehead zone is linked to the heart, and acne in this region generally means you are not getting enough cardiovascular exercise.
- Acne around the eyes reveals liver problems, and you must do a complete cleanse by fasting or taking only juice made from fresh fruits and vegetables. You should also reduce oily food intake and focus more on limes, lemons, green tea, etc.
- Acne on cheeks, especially, on upper cheeks indicates lung and respiratory problems, and you should practice deep breathing and consume herbs that can help cleanse the system. On the other hand, acne on the lower cheeks is caused due to teeth or gum issues stemming from excessive sugar intake. Cut back on sugar and try to reduce bacteria in the mouth.
- Acne on chin usually indicates hormonal issues. Women taking oral contraception, or suddenly discontinuing it, or going through menopause, etc tend to get acne on the chin. Other times, acne on the center of the chin indicates a food allergy, and you should consult a doctor or a nutritionist to determine which foods are causing the issue. If needed, keep a food journal to find out which foods is the likely cause of the acne and eliminate them.
- Acne on Neck is associated with hormones too. Neck acne may indicate hormonal imbalances in our body which can be seen in menopausal women for example. Other reasons for breakouts in this area may be caused by irritation from hair products, shirts with tight collars, sweating, etc…
- Acne on Shoulders is also associated with hormones. Shoulder blemishes may mean that we are dealing with hormonal acne which is commonly seen in men looking to bulk up and probably taking anabolic steroids. Another reason that people get shoulder acne is from a combination of sweating and handbag/backpack straps which cause friction against our skin.
- Acne on Chest is associated with Liver and digestive system. Our digestive system controls the levels of beneficial and harmful bacteria in our body which may cause skin irritations on our chest.
People with a severely weakened liver function such as jaundice are known to also experience a rash on their chest. This shows a correlation between the liver and chest.
On the other hand, Chest acne is most commonly caused by either tight clothing that is not breathable or different types of body wash and soaps that we use. Pimples on this part of the body can also be caused by a fungal infection or allergies.
Finally, these breakouts may be caused by a poor diet including excess sugar and bad carbohydrate consumption.