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What is FACE MAPPING and Can it Help in the Care of your Skin?

Have you heard of the concept of Face Mapping?

It is an ancient and medicinal technique that looks into making the connection between skin and other problems on your face and the link with your overall health.

It is said to be a combination of elements of Eastern and Western medicine philosophies, considering the various causes of skin and/or facial problems including allergies, diet, stress levels, hormones, genetics, aging and even your personality type.

Those who practice face mapping techniques tell us that the underlying premise is that where ailments or problems such as acne or rosacea appear on your face, they are in fact a representation of what’s going on elsewhere in your body - especially in major organs such as your kidneys, liver and heart. 

How does Face Mapping work?

Here is a basic face mapping chart that can be used to help indicate underlying causes of skin problems:

  • Blemishes on your forehead —  impacted by the small intestine and bladder; may be tied to unmanaged stress, poor digestion and lack of sleep.
  • Breakouts between/above your eyebrows or nose area — said to represent an imbalance in the kidneys, stomach, bladder or spleen. When acne develops near the nostrils, it may also be tied to gut-related problems and inflammation of the small intestine.

  • Lines/wrinkles between your eyebrows on the right side — can indicate that you are repressing emotions such as anger. This may be tied to poor liver function.
  • Lines/wrinkles on the left side of your eyes — may represent issues with functions of the liver and spleen.
  • Breakouts or lines above the eyebrows — represents a problem with heart function.
  • Puffiness under the eyes — said to be connected to poor kidney function.
  • Acne on the chin, around the mouth and on the jaw — said to be due to imbalance in reproductive system, as well as the large intestine or colon and stomach. When acne forms below the lips and lower chin, it may represent that the whole digestive system is not functioning properly, including the spleen and kidneys.
  • Red cheeks — can be tied to dysfunction of the stomach, liver and lungs; may also indicate an immune response, respiratory issues or allergies.
  • Red nose — may indicate heart-related issues such as high blood pressure and inflammation.
  • Irritation on your neck — can be representative of stress that affects the immune system. 

Although scientific evidence is lacking on the subject of face mapping, some research has shown that certain types of skin conditions on the face (that are more likely to appear in in particular areas, such as acne or redness on the chin or cheeks) may actually be representative of problems such as hormonal issues, stress or immune reactions.

Even dermatological science today suggests the root causes of most skin conditions that appear on the face can be linked to:

  • Hormonal imbalances (such as high levels of androgenic hormones like testosterone).
  • Unacceptable levels of stress.
  • The excessive production of oils - especially in the “T-zone”, the forehead, nose and chin.
  • Bad sleeping habits.
  • Insufficient attention to personal hygiene - allowing oils, sweat, dead skin cells and bacteria to accumulate on the skin.
  • Poor gut health, including lack of healthy probiotic bacteria.
  • Suffering from allergies and immune responses.
  • Irritation or reactions when using makeup, skincare and hair products.
  • Genetics.
  • Too much sun exposure.
  • Poor circulation.
  • Suffering from conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
  • Environmental exposure to irritants.

You can find out more about face mapping treatment protocols here

  • There is Chinese face mapping which is at least three thousand years old.
  • There is Dermalogica face mapping which is skincare advice based on a combination of ancient Chinese diagnoses and science-based knowledge, focussing on issues like hormonal fluctuations, irritation due to products, sun exposure and dehydration.

Remember the basics of good skin care before considering face mapping for yourself!

  • Clean your face regularly with gentle, appropriate products.
  • Protect your face from the sun, naturally.
  • Treat any existing skin infections.
  • Remove any known allergens from your diet and lifestyle.
  • Prevent dehydration.
  • Resolve any stress issues.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Address any food allergies.
  • Avoid bacteria through unnecessary contact with cell phones and unwashed pillow cases.