I’m a firm believer that what goes on inside our bodies, the foods we consume and our overall lifestyle have a huge impact in the way our skin looks. Have you ever wondered why you tend to get breakouts in a certain part of your face? Face mapping is a great tool and it helps us in finding the cause of our skin dilemmas. Face mapping combines western dermatology with ancient Chinese medicine with the idea that certain zones of your face are linked to certain organs in the body. This is definitely true and makes a lot of sense as our skin is our largest organ and as an external organ, it reflects what’s going on inside.

1. Forehead  The forehead is linked to nervous and digestive systems. Your body might have trouble digesting certain foods, you might be experiencing excess stress. Could also be hair products and/or an oily scalp that is clogging up pores in that area. Improve your body’s elimination process by eating more leafy greens, drink tons of water to help flush out the toxins in the body. Also check your hair products, try to relax by doing yoga, meditation or working out to get that blood pumping.

2. Between eyebrowsOverloaded liver – cut down on alcohol and rich foods like butter and cheese, you could also have a food allergy. Increase your leafy greens intake as well as tons of water!

3. Under eyes & EarsMay be linked to the kidneys. This means your body might be dehydrated, so make sure to increase your water intake. At least 8 glasses of water a day.

4 & 5. Cheeks – Respiratory issues. If you’re a smoker, this might be your culprit, Can also be related to allergies, stomach problems, dirty pillows, cell phone, dirty makeup brushes or too much sugar. Eat more leafy greens, cut your sugar intake, drink tons of water to flush out all the toxins. Deep clean makeup brushes once a week, change pillow cases frequently and clean cell phone with an alcohol pad to disinfect frequently. Keep a skin diary to see if there are certains foods or products that may be causing allergies.

6. NoseThe nose is associated with the heart. Do you have high blood pressure? If so, this might be the cause of breakouts in this area. Other reasons could be a diet high in saturated fats. Reduce your intake of highly saturated fats like fried foods and swap them for foods with good fats like omega 3 fatty acids (think avocado, salmon, flax seeds)

7 & 8. Jaw & Chin –  Breakouts in this area are linked to hormones. This means that your hormones might be out of balance. Breakouts here usually happen during your menstrual cycle or even if you have started using or switched your birth control. It can also be due to resting your hands in this area.

9. NeckBreakouts here can mean your body might be fighting bacteria to avoid an illness. Drink lots and lots of water to flush out toxins in your body and rest up!