Ever wonder why pimples tend to pop up in the same spot over and over again? According to an ancient Ayurvedic technique called face mapping, the location of your acne may have something to do with what’s happening inside your body.If the eyes are the window to the soul, think of your face as a window to your health. “Acne face mapping splits the face into zones that correspond with specific medical or lifestyle triggers.

If you consistently break out on your :

  1. Jaw or chin – Hormonal acne is caused by an excess of the male hormone androgen (which includes testosterone), she explains; these hormones can over-stimulate the oil glands and clog pores where the acne bacteria grow. A hormone-related breakout might also occur about seven to 10 days before a woman’s period.

  2. Nose – There are more oil glands on your nose than the rest of the face, which makes this area most prone to breakouts. Make sure to cleanse thoroughly and use skincare that works to unclog pores. In Chinese face mapping, nose acne has also been linked to the liver and kidney, so it may be worth double-checking with your doctor to see if you have high blood pressure or liver dysfunction. If you suspect that’s the case, try cutting back on those after-work happy hours and consumption of overly spicy dishes

  3. Near the edges of your face – Breaking out along the hairline, near the ears, or in the cheek area can fall into the hormonal acne category. You can try switching up your beauty routine for a few weeks to incorporate more natural products and see if you notice any skin improvements. Or, consider having your dermatologist or doctor look at the ingredients in your favorite products (makeup, hair, skincare included) to point out any common irritants. Wearing dirty workout headbands, hats, or earmuffs can also transport bacteria to the edges of your face, so wash your gear frequently.

  4. Hairline – Acne on the hairline suggests certain hair or skincare products as a trigger. f you find most of your pimples clustered around the rim of your head, it’s best to stop using oil-based hair products and switch to non-comedogenic alternatives, including shampoos and conditioners.

  5. Cheeks – Acne in the cheek area can be a sign of high sugar consumption. Cleaning up your diet and limiting your intake of the sweet stuff may help cheek breakouts clear up. You should also be aware of how close you’re holding your phone to your face. “Our cell phones are notorious for carrying germs, and the screen accumulates oil and makeup from pressing against our face.

  6. T-zone – The T-zone—forehead, nose, and down to the chin region—is generally a bit slicker because it has more oil glands than the rest of the face. That makes it prone to blackheads and whiteheads. The makeup you’re using can also bring on breakouts.

  7. Forehead – In Chinese medicine, the forehead is linked to the digestive system. Breakouts in the forehead region is said to represent digestive imbalances, like poor diet, improper digestion, or irritable bowel syndrome.” To help flush out toxins and aid digestion, swap caffeinated and overly processed drinks with some H2O. If you have bangs or naturally oily hair, you may also want to stay away from thick hair oils and wash your hair more frequently. Wearing caps or hats that cover your head can also trap bacteria in the area, triggering breakouts.

  8. Temples – According to ancient Chinese mapping, the temples correspond to the kidneys and bladder. Infections or inflammation in these areas can present themselves as acne, so you’ll want to watch your alcohol consumption, in addition to heavily processed or greasy foods. If you still find your temples flaring up, consult a doctor to see if it requires more intensive medication.This modern version of face mapping can be a helpful jumping off point into clarifying the cause of your breakouts. But it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. If changing up your lifestyle and routine doesn’t help, talk to your dermatologist about creating a treatment regimen to calm down acne and reduce the chances of scarring.

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By sunita senapati

Sunita Senapati, believes that Nature itself is the best physician, a healer and a restorer which calms our mind, soothes our soul and cures our body.

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