Acne is no longer just the domain of teens and adolescents; more and more adults today are known to suffer from this skin condition than ever. Majority of women get once-a-month spots around their chin and attribute it to their monthly menstrual cycle. However, not all acne can be attributed to hormones.
Read on to find out what adult acne reveals about one’s health.
Lisa*, (name changed) a 38 year old woman, used to get zits on her chin every once in a while. However, suddenly one day, she found herself dealing with acne on her nose as well. A visit to the dermatologist revealed blood pressure issues. How did the dermatologist know?
This is where acne face mapping comes into the picture. Acne face mapping is a technique that can help reveal a great deal about one’s health. It specifically highlights underlying health issues that may be the root cause of acne.
What is your adult acne saying about your health?
Acne face mapping is a unique technique that combines Ayurvedic and Chinese principles. Based upon this, the entire face can be divided into zones or regions and acne present in these different zones used to indicate a possible underlying health problem.
Decoding acne through face mapping
Acne is an annoying skin condition, but it is also an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s immune system is attacking itself because it confuses normal cells in the body as foreign cells. When this happens, the result is inflammation which then arises on your facial skin in the form of a painful zit. So why does one develop acne?
Acne is a message your body is giving 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 cause breakouts. Chinese traditional medicine practitioners have taken this knowledge further and mapped the face into zones. Thus, when you get acne on the forehead, there could be a problem with your digestive system or bladder which in turn indicates that you need to drink more water to rectify it.
Here are the different zones where acne could erupt and the different things they reveal about your health:
Upper forehead- This zone is linked to the stomach. If you are getting acne here, make sure you eat more organic fruits and vegetables and drink tons of water. Also go in for probiotic foods like fermented items (including kefir, khombucha, miso, sauerkraut etc). These will increase the good bacterial flora in your gut and reduce P.Acnes bacteria which are normally responsible for adult acne.
Lower forehead- This zone is linked to the heart. Acne in this region generally means you are not getting enough cardiovascular exercise. You also need consume more pomegranate and coconut oil.
Around the eyes– Acne around the eyes reveals liver problems. You must do a complete cleanse by fasting or taking only juice made from fresh fruits and vegetables. You must also reduce oily food and focus more on limes, lemons, green tea, etc.
Acne on cheeks– Acne on upper cheeks indicates lung and respiratory problems. Practice deep breathing and consume herbs that can help cleanse the system. Acne on the lower cheeks is caused due to teeth or gum issues stemming from excessive sugar intake. Cut back on sugar and especially reduce the carbonated drinks. Also practice oil pulling– a method of swishing coconut oil in the mouth for 20 minutes and spitting it out after- to reduce bacteria in the mouth.
Acne on chin-Acne on chin usually indicates hormonal issues. Women taking (or suddenly discontinuing) oral contraception, or going through menopause, etc tend to get acne on the chin. Alternatively, acne on the center of the chin indicates a food allergy such as gluten allergy. You must consult a doctor or a nutritionist to determine which foods are causing the issue. If needed go for complete Ayruvedic detox. Keep a food journal to find out which foods is the likely cause of the acne and eliminate them.
As can be seen, different places where acne occurs on the face reveal different things about your health. It is best to watch out for these signs and talk to a dermatologist who can accurately determine the underlying health issue and take steps to treat it.