Understanding your skin and the annoying acnes…

As it is, to solve a problem, you must first understand its origin and meaning. This goes the same for your skin as well.

Face mapping is a common theory which provides comprehensive explanations of the locations of the growth of acnes.

Are you listening to your skin?

Are you actually solving or aggravating the situation?

Taken from www.glamour.com :

Alex Gariano over at U Look Haute shared a fascinating look at “face mapping”–the art of unlocking the mysteries of problematic skin. Hailing from ancient Chinese medicine, Gariano writes, “face mapping is a type of skin analysis that explains why and how certain areas of your face are connected to other parts of your body. …Think of your blemishes as X’s on a map that is your face. Different zones correspond to different problems. With this ‘map’ as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and correctly determine how to prevent them from recurring.”

So, what are your breakouts, dull spots and dark circles trying to tell you? Here’s a quick guide from Gariano:

Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet and drink more water.

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.

Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol.

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here.

Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up!

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin.

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet to help with digestion.

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side).

Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids.

But if you are a tad more keen, this skin analysis and several solutions would come in handy and interesting for you :

Facial Region Solution
Forehead
Acne
  • Go to bed early (10pm) and wake up early (6am). Even if you can’t fall asleep, it’s good to relax so your liver can rest and be ready for work the next day
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins
  • Drink less soda and carbonated beverages
  • 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day, especially outdoors
  • Practice relaxation techniques to worry less
  • Get enough sleep with a regular sleep schedule
  • Eat healthy foods, chewing thoroughly to improve your digestion
  • Reduce refined sugar in your diet
  • Keep a daily food diary to see if your acne is related to certain food groups (like dairy)
  • Practice better hygiene (i.e. washing bangs and hair, cleaning hats)
  • Check if shampoos, conditioners, and hair products are irritating skin
Temples
Zits
  • Eat less processed food, junk food, and fast food
  • Reduce the amount of unhealthy fat in your diet (healthy fats from avocado and fish are okay)
  • Eat cooling foods like bitter melon, cucumbers, and gourds
  • Practice better hygiene, especially during the summer and if you wear makeup and/or sweat a lot
Between the Brows
Pimples
  • Exercise, but avoid overly strenuous exercise
  • Get more sleep
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat lighter foods and foods that are less “rich” (like butter and cheese)
  • Avoid late night snacks
Nose
Pimples
  • Eat less pungent foods (spices, garlic, etc)
  • Eat less meat
  • Eat less salt
  • Eat warm temperature foods (not too cold or hot)
  • Get more fresh air
  • Exercise everyday (like going for a walk)
  • Massage the area around your nose for better circulation
  • Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B
Left Cheek
Acne
  • Maintain a normal daily routine
  • Try to keep a positive mood
  • Eat more cooling foods such as gourds, winter melons, and green beans
  • Don’t overeat, especially junk food
  • Try to decompress and relax
  • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM. This is when you should be sleeping
  • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM, so schedule difficult work for the morning
  • If you have to work in the afternoon, rest your eyes for 5 minutes every hour
  • Practice proper hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Check laundry detergent for any irritating ingredients
  • Change pillow cases frequently if you sleep on this side of your face
  • Clean cell phones with rubbing alcohol
  • Lower left cheek acne could represent poor dental health, so keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing regularly
Right Cheek
Acne
  • Avoid fast food and junk food
  • Avoid mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
  • Eat less sugar
  • Get more fresh air
  • The lung is strongest at 7-9 AM. This is the best time for aerobic exercise
  • Practice proper hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Check laundry detergent for any irritating ingredients
  • Change pillow cases frequently if you sleep on this side of your face
  • Clean cell phones with rubbing alcohol
  • Lower left cheek acne could represent poor dental health, so keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing regularly
Lip Area
Zits
  • Eat more fiber
  • Include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Eat less spicy and fried foods
  • Massage abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Change your toothpaste and/or chapstick
Chin and Jaw
Acne
  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get more rest
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early, getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Reduce stress as much as possible (yoga, meditating, listening to music, writing in a journal, etc.)
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash, and chapsticks
  • Drink spearmint tea
  • Take omega-3s to help regulate hormones

Personally, I do get pimples/acnes every now and then. I belong to the combination skin type so my T-zones are usually oilier than the rest. But sometimes, my nose peels too. Not sure why though. Nevertheless, I have to be extra cautious with products I use, especially on my T-zone areas because oily skin causes clogged pores which results in pimples/acnes. Certainly not in the good books of girls.

The pores on my nose is almost perpetually clogged. Ask 10 ladies, and 9 of them would agree as well. These black/white heads are extremely annoying as foundations might not be able to conceal as well. But if you have the perfect solution to clearing and minimising your pores, you should. Piling on make-up over your clogged pores would do more harm than good. Squeezing is not advised either although I am guilty of this, because it actually enlarges your pores even more. I have yet to source fo the perfect product in minimising my pores and removing the heads.

Even when they are almost removed, THEY STILL COME BACK. OH GOD. I was discussing this with another friend and she did say that they always come back…

With the age increasing, open large pores could also be one of the result, so extra care needs to be taken for your skin.

And as I was saying, with my combination skin type, I usually find pimples popping on my forehead between my brows, nose and chin ( T-zone areas).

Analysing the solutions provided above, the more common ones are :

  • Exercise regularly (oops I am guilty of this!)
  • Have more rest (Guilty too..!)
  • Avoid eating before bed/late night snacks (Although I am weight-conscious, I still eat whenever I want and feel like it!)

But I’ve to also agree that I lack in fruits and veggies, gotta restrict my alcohol intake and watch my stress level (usually self-induced).

Sometimes, the cure is due to internal reasons. You might need to analyse and regulate your lifestyle, food intake, exercise, stress levels etc… Health supplements might help but it’s not always. Moreover, external solutions such as  the exploding collection of beauty products you have may not guarantee success.

So, start understanding your skin today! 🙂

 

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