Acne Face Mapping: Where Are You Having Acne Tells A Lot About Your Lifestyle (and How You Can Clear Acne Naturally)
Everything happens for a reason… even for acne. There is a reason why pimples pop up on certain areas on the face. And we are going to look into it in this post and see how we can clear the acne naturally.
A traditional Chinese medical doctor told me that our skin is the window to our health, and our lifestyle has a visible impact on our skin. So our skin reflects our body condition and according to the different areas of breakouts, you can actually know how you can take care of your health and skin internally from the inside out. That’s why I want to teach you the basics so that next time when a pimple pops up in a certain area, you know how to address the problem in its root. And I will also share some product recommendations which I use or eat to clear acne from the inside out. Do remember, however, that the guideline that I explain and share with you today is just the basic guideline and everyone may have different anatomy. Throughout this post, I use acne and pimples interchangeably.
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Acne on the forehead generally is because of hormonal issues. Because hormones affect the excessive secretion of sebum and oil in this area, it causes breakouts. Another factor is bangs and fringes. If you have bangs like on your forehead then, of course, you have higher chances of breaking out in the forehead area. From my personal experience when I used to have bangs, I had an occasional breakout on the forehead. I found out later that was because our hair secretes oil and it keeps the leftover shampoo or hair treatment on our hair which irritates the skin and causes inflammation and breakouts.
We can further separate the forehead into the upper forehead and lower forehead. If you have pimples on the upper forehead, it can be directly linked with the digestive system, the large intestines, and the bladder. When you have poor digestive, the body would have troubles breaking down food and there may be a large buildup of toxins.
According to Chinese medicine, the lower forehead is associated with the mind and the spirit. If you have pimples popping up here, it might be due to irregular sleeping patterns, stress, depression, or bad blood circulation.
So try to eat more antioxidant-rich foods or drinks including green tea, lemon water, and berries. My product recommendations: Green tea — Matcha Green Tea Powder which can either add to water or add into the smoothie. Berries — fresh berries are great but sometimes when I don’t have time to go to the market, I just add this Nutrigenomic Super Berry Whole Food Powder into my smoothie which is equally good.
Try to sleep earlier ideally before 11 p.m. because that’s 11 pm to 2 am is the time when our skin regenerates itself.
And find ways to de-stress your mind. Maybe take a long bath. Do some meditation exercises. Go on a short trip with your friends or parents. Go watch your favorite movie.
To improve your digestive system, I have got two products to share. One is the California Gold Nutrition Probiotics 30 billion which helps me with my digestive system. And the other is Mamma Chia Organic Black Chia Seed which I add to any drinks. Both the probiotics and chia seed helps with my digestive and prevents the buildup of toxins in my body which is really important for clear skin.
Breaking out in the temple and eyebrow area may be caused by a diet that is high in fat and or too much consumption of alcohol because these parts of the face are related to our liver. And also if we are allergic to some sort of food, or consume food with really high calorie or really oily or greasy, it could cause acne in the temple and eyebrow area as well.
I have a secret supplement that I take only when I had too much alcohol or sleep late or have been under a lot of stress: Life Extension Super Selenium Complex. Selenium is an essential mineral and it is great for thyroid gland’s health. I don’t take it daily but only when I sleep late, feel fatigued or after drinking alcohol.
If you have acne in the nose area, it could be caused by blood pressure, stress or constipation. Another not so obvious reason why we have pimples on the nose is because our pores are generally larger and more visible on the nose, which makes it easier for dirt, oil, impurities, pollutants, bacteria to stay. So the cleansing of this area is extremely important to prevent breakout.
Again, try to find time to wind down. Have some therapeutic moments with yourself. Write a journal. Use products that smell good with aromatherapy effect (without perfume so it won’t cause any irritation to the skin) such as Darphin Aromatic Care, Orange Blossom (umm smells so good) or Pure Lavender oil (which is really relaxing both to the skin, mind, and body).
To cleanse the nose and T-zone area properly, I choose a low PH mild foaming cleanser which can balance the pH of my skin and I like foaming cleanser because the foam is what’s going to get into the pores and take out all the dirt and impurities out. And because I have sensitive skin, I really look for a cleanser that would not dry or irritate the skin and is gentle.
Then I use a toner with a mild and gentle exfoliator, with a cotton pad to gently wipe away any residue left on the skin surface after cleansing to make sure that the skin is properly cleansed. It can also remove the dead skin cells to increase the effectiveness of the subsequent skincare products. Product recommendations: Pumpkin Exfoliating Toner or 3% Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Toner.
When you have painful pimples on your ear area, that’s when the kidneys are not taking care of. Kidney troubles are often caused by not drinking enough water and taking in too much salt and caffeine.
Drink plenty of water during the day and cut down on the sodium and caffeine to cleanse your kidneys to get rid of the pimples. If you would like to drink something other than water which is free of caffeine, I would recommend Yogi tea. There are lots of different favors you can choose from.
One of the Acne biggest reasons why we get breakouts on our cheeks is because of our phones. Yes, our mobile phones! Although we cannot see the bacteria, our phone is actually very dirty and not sanitary because we hold it with our heads everywhere and then it touches us right on the cheeks. And also acne on the cheeks corresponds to the lungs and could be caused by allergies in the respiratory system.
I use an alcohol swab to clean my phone every day. A pack of 200 pieces only costs less than $5 so it is a no brainer for me. It really helps with preventing acne or skin irritation in the cheeks area.
#6 Mouth area and the chin
Pimples in the mouth area are linked with the stomach and the small intestine. Pimples showing up here could be caused by eating too much fast food, spicy or oily food which can actually raise the temperature around your lips and mouth.
Acne in the chin is most likely related to genetic organs. I usually get hormonal acne around the chin area a week or so before or sometimes around the time of my period.
Try to eat more fresh foods with high fibers such as vegetable fruits and whole grain foods. I really like Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Golden Flaxseed and I add this to my meal as much as possible. It is a great source of fiber and also provides omega-3.
I found that turmeric is really good with clearing inflammation and improving the immune system, which means great for controlling breakout and having clear skin. I take turmeric in two forms depending on my lifestyle and choice of a particular day: Dr. Mercola, Fermented Turmeric which is a supplement and convenient to take, or I have my Yogi Tea of Honey Chai and Turmeric.
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