Acne Mapping Using an Ancient Chinese Method

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Breaking out in the same place over and over again often indicates that there is more going on IN your body than you might have realized. Often times, when there is an imbalance of function in the body it manifest ON the body. On the skin to be exact. It could be that those pimples on your forehead are telling you to get to bed earlier, or that blackhead on your nose is letting you know to slow down on the salt. Just as reflexology is massage on different areas of the foot that actually affect different areas of your whole body, your face is an area of manifestation as well. Learning the map of your acne could lead to a change in habits that will positively affect the health of your facial skin!

Acne Mapping or Face Mapping is not an EXACT science but it can be surprising just how accurate it really is. Face Mapping is actually a centuries old Chinese medicine practice and it has been taken apart and put back together by many scientists throughout the years. Each time it is “put back together”, it proves to hold true to the previous engineer’s map. Although each square inch of the face can be dedicated to a specific bodily function, it has been found that there are 8 main areas and that these areas are quite connected to different systems of the body.

This list will demonstrate the connection of the areas of the face that are directly linked to the different systems and how to go about making some changes in your diet or lifestyle to accommodate the needs of that system. Consider trying some of these practices to affect those systems and bring about a change in the facial skin. You just might end up with a clearer and more beautiful glowing face.
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Forehead (Liver, Stomach, Bladder)

  • Go to bed early and wake up early. Even if you’re not sleepy! This gives the liver time to rest.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Drink less soda and carbonated beverages.
  • Do some light exercise daily for about 20 minutes. If at all possible get OUTSIDE for this.
  • Decompress: Practice some relaxation or meditation exercises.
  • Sounds funny, but slow down and chew your food thoroughly for better digestion.
  • Reduce refined sugars.
  • Of course make sure to check your shampoos and conditioners for any skin irritating ingredients for this area of the face as well as up your game when cleansing this area and make sure to wipe away all makeup, excess oils and hair products.

Temple (Gall Bladder)

  • Stay away from junk food, processed food and fast food. Yuck!
  • Reduce unhealthy fats in your diet but remember fats from foods like avocados and fish are ok.
  • Eat foods that are cooling like cucumber, melons and gourds.
  • Again, up your game in making sure this area of the face is well cleaned and cared for.

Between the Brows (Heart, Stomach)

  • Exercise but don’t over-do it.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Eat foods that light and avoid heavy rich foods like cheese and butter.
  • Cut out late night snacking.
  • Nose Heart.
  • Eat less pungent foods like garlic, spices and peppers.
  • Cut back on meat.
  • Slow down on salt intake.
  • Eat food at a medium temperature. Don’t shock your system with foods that are too hot or too cold.
  • Get a bit of exercise everyday. Just take a walk.
  • Amp up the circulation here by massaging the area just around the nose.
  • Get some fresh air.
  • Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B!

Left Cheek (Heart, Lungs, Colon, Stomach, Liver, Kidneys)

  • Keep things scheduled and routine from day to day.
  • Try to keep in a positive mood.
  • Eat more cooling foods such as cucumbers, winter melons, green beans and gourds.
  • When eating, make sure not to overeat.
  • Find time each day to relax through meditation, yoga or even just listening to music.
  • Make sure you’re asleep from 1-3, that’s when the liver is the strongest and is to detoxifying your body.
  • Try to take it easy from 1-5. This is when the liver is at it’s weakest point.
  • Rest your eyes for about five minute every hour if you are working in the afternoon. Get away from the computer!
  • Check your laundry detergent for irritants, change pillow cases often and wipe down your cell phone frequently.
  • Breakouts in this area can also signify dental issues. Check in with your dentist.

Right Cheek (Heart, Lungs, Colon, Stomach, Liver, Kidneys)

  • Avoid fast food and junk food.
  • Stay away from mango, wine, seafood, tarot root and other foods known to upset a sensitive constitution.
  • Cut back your sugar intake.
  • Get more and fresher air.
  • Check your laundry detergent for irritants, change pillow cases often and wipe down your cell phone frequently.
  • Breakouts in this area can also signify dental issues. Check in with your dentist.

Lip (Liver, Spleen, Colon, Small Intestine)

  • Eat more fiber. Cereals, granola and even celery!
  • Eat lot’s FRESH fruits and vegetables.
  • Massage your abdominal area gently in a clockwise motion.
  • Try changing your toothpaste and or chapstick, lip gloss or lipstick.

Chin and Jaw (Kidney, Bladder, Sex Organs, Endocrine System (Hormones))

  • Stop eating before bed.
  • Eat up on lot’s of FRESH fruits and vegetables.
  • Get more rest and relaxation through yoga, meditation, listening to music or journaling.
  • Have your hormone levels checked for any imbalances.
  • Try to get in about 20 minutes of exercise each day.
  • Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night, but get to bed early and rise and shine early as well.
  • Massage your body especially your abdominal area with gentle clockwise motions.
  • Take Omega-3’s for hormonal balance.
  • Start drinking spearmint tea.
  • Make sure your not forgetting to cleanse this area when you wash your face each day.
  • Consider changing your toothpaste, lipstick, chapstick or lip gloss and your mouthwash.

Of course good hygiene and a healthy lifestyle are factors in fighting acne, but maybe there’s something more you can do to boost healthy skin and body. Certainly, not everyone’s acne is the same, and some may even find this list to be monotonous, but maybe yours will react profoundly using this map. It certainly can’t hurt you to try any one thing on this list and if it doesn’t help your acne, well, maybe it will help you kidneys, or liver, or even your heart!

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