Did you ever consider that a pimple on your nose, is sending you a different message about your body than a cheek blemish. A zit is not just a zit. Increasing interest in the growing area of study called Chinese Acne gives credibility to the thinking that each blemish tells a back story about your current state of health, both by its location on the face and by its physical characteristics as well.
There numerous different versions of face mapping that are seen in the literature on the subject and we will describe this mapping and show a version of the chart that corresponds with the most consistent findings we have seen on the internet and various printed sources as well. Note that this is just a general overview of the Chinese acne face mapping. There definitely is more to it than what is written here.
Using this facial map we can begin at the top of the face and work our way down in numerical order. Most of these zones will be in pairs of two sequential numbers marking both sides of the face reflecting the same information on both.
Zones 1 & 2: Digestive System
Along both sides of the forehead. Pimples here are reflective of digestive issues that are your body’s ‘help wanted’ alert to modify diet, by moving away from the heavily processed foods and grains to include more whole foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Water intake should also be increased as hydration issues are often seen where these blemishes appear.
Zone 3: Liver
The phrase ‘Right Between the Eyes’ was coined for this spot. Pimples seen here reflect liver health issues. For some readers it may be a signal to reduce alcohol consumption, as excess use of alcohol can set a person on a path to cirrhosis.
The liver is also aggravated by the presence of allergens which trigger a response from the liver to fight the ‘toxins’ that are offending your body. Careful attention to what foods are consistently present during these breakouts is the best approach toward prevention. It is also recommended that some light exercise each day can be helpful. Adequate sleep can also improve the liver’s state of health.
Zones 4 & 5: Kidneys
This region around both eyes reflects kidney health or lack thereof. We are not only referring to blemishes or pimples here, but dark circles as well. When this occurs, whether as blemishes or circles, than answer is hydration. Water is your friend. Drink up.
Zone 6: Heart
The tip of your nose is the indicator of heart or cardiovascular health. If blemishes are present, you may wish to check your blood pressure if you have a kit at home. You can also work out a plan that can reduce stress on the heart. This would include increasing intake of Vitamin B. Switch your fat intake from the bad cholesterol sources to those rich in Omega 3s.
Exercise is another effective way to combat high cholesterol levels. Another little known fact is that mega doses of Vitamin C can reduce cholesterol somewhat too. Another issue that can pose problems here is that the pores in this part of the face are very open. Makeup that is not adequately removed from these pores, or makeup that is too old can bring blemishes to the area.
Zones 7 & 8: Kidneys
The ears may signal more kidney issues. It need not be pimples either. You may see redness there or experience heat or swelling. Cutting back on caffeinated beverages, alcohol, or carbonated drinks. Hydrate with water, juices or herbal tea and give yourself more sleep.
Zones 9 & 10: Respiratory System
At the crest of your cheekbone is the area where respiratory issues will manifest, due to either smoking or allergies aggravated by exposure to something you are sensitive to. If you are certain to not have either problem, but are still blemished here, consider protecting your body from overheating, cooling foods, less sugar, and greater exposure to fresh air.
Also it is found that switching to more alkaline foods will help you. This would include fresh green vegetables or wheat grass juice as well as kiwi fruit, onion, garlic, avocado and peppers of any color.
Zones 11 & 12: Hormones
These are found on either side of the chin, and blemishes here are an indication of what may be conditions such as stress and hormonal changes. However a healthy lifestyle can minimize the problem. Such common sense measures such as thorough cleansing of the skin, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, better stress-management techniques, stress-reduction techniques and eating green leafy vegetables, all will reduce this acne you’re experiencing.
Zone 13: Stomach
The lower midline of the chin is the place where stomach problems will manifest. For this problem, adhere to a high fiber diet and reduce toxins found in processed foods. Also it is found that herbal teas are often a great boost for digestive problems. Peppermint tea is particularly popular for digestive issues.
Zone 14: Sickness
Directly in the center of your neck is the area that will be blemished when your body is fighting off bacteria that is threatening to make you ill. Do some Yoga or meditation, have a restful nap, make sure you cleanse your body with adequate water, and it will gradually work out.
There is also much information to be seen in the type of blemish you see. Below are a list of the physical appearance of the numerous kinds of breakouts and what their significance is health wise. This, together with the location related information can help you form the best assessment of your needs.
1. Red Inflamed Skin Around Breakout
This usually indicates heat retention and inflammation, due to poor detoxification and a build-up of waste. Drinking plenty of water to detoxify and calming exercise of some form are recommended.
2. Blotchy Red Patches and Dry Skin
This is an indication of allergies, so eliminating this exposure in the necessary step.
3. Small Lumps Around the Jawline Under the Skin
This is a sign of either systemic toxicity or lymphatic congestion generally.
4. Blemishes Appearing Around the Mouth and Nose
This signalizes inflammation in the digestive system. It can be due to sluggish activity in the digestion itself, or intolerance to some foods eaten as well as liver function insufficiency.
5. Painful Red With or Without Cystic Acne, and With or Without Oily Skin
These issues usually are to let you know that liver congestion may be present, and if skin is oily, may reflect the liver’s inability to breakdown the fats ingested. Lymphatic congestion may also be present when this appears. Attention to the increase of good oils in the diet and a reduction of animal fats or other ‘bad cholesterol sources may be very helpful here.
6. Uneven Skin Tone and Pimples Appearing in a Rash
Thes may indicate a yeast or fungal infection such as Candida, or may also signal a digestive disorder, more common to women than men, known as dystopia.
7. Cyclical Breakouts Usually at or Near the Jawline
This usually occurs during ovulation or preceding menstruation, for women who have poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and may be accompanied by oilier than usual skin if there is an androgen imbalance. Sometimes the appearance of chin hair growth may be seen. In addition to the facial blemishes there may also be some along the chest or back, and healing in any of these situations may take 3-6 months.
8. Whiteheads, Blackheads or Generally Congested Skin
These are generally seen in patches, are generally seen in the chin, forehead or nose, and are somewhat fast resolving. Usually related to cosmetics
9. Cheek blemishes
In the mid cheek area, which aren’t defined in the facial map, pimples may appear, and be related to either excessive fat or mucous producing diet, such as dairy, simple sugars, and processed foods. Whole foods with somewhat reduced fat and dairy can be all that is needed.
10. Breakouts Related to Puberty
Are very common, occurring in many areas of the face as well as the chest or back, usually consistent with the shift in hormone levels, but may also be a messenger of lowered zinc levels. Food sources for zinc are various types of seafood, such as crabs, lobster and legumes.