If you’re like most people, you at least occasionally deal with acne breakouts, skin dryness, redness and signs of uneven skin tone. If so, you probably wonder about possible underlying causes of these skin conditions in hopes of finding a way to get rid of them for good.
One route you may want to explore is face mapping, a theory with thousands of years of history rooted in both ancient Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.
Practitioners who still today utilize face mapping techniques tell us that the underlying premise is this: where ailments like acne or redness show up on your face is representative of what’s going on elsewhere in your body, particularly in major organs such as your kidneys, liver and heart.
What Is Face Mapping?
Face mapping is an ancient medicinal technique that involves making connections between problems affecting someone’s face and their overall health.
Some experts, including certain dermatologists, consider face mapping to be an approach that combines elements of Eastern and Western medicine philosophies. That’s because it takes into account various causes of skin/facial conditions, such as: allergies, diet, stress levels, hormones, genetics, age and personality type/body constitution (also called doshas).
Face mapping for acne is one of the most popular applications of this theory. The idea is that acne flare ups that repeatedly develop on certain locations on the face, such as the chin or forehead, have specific causes.
Face mapping can also be used to help treat issues like redness, rashes due to food allergies, lines, puffiness and wrinkles.
Face maps can differ somewhat depending on their origin, but most divide the face into at least 10 different zones.
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 sleep deprivation
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 and require acts of forgiveness, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Lines/wrinkles on the left side of your eyes — may represent problems 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 like high blood pressure and inflammation
Irritation on your neck — can be representative of stress that affects the immune system
What Science Says
Is face mapping a real solution for dealing with ailments such as rashes and acne?