I have to admit that my teenage years were completely blessed, unlike my friends who went through teenage acne, I had none, so life was pretty smooth sailing.. at least for a teenager. However, as I got older my skin and I started losing our friendship at a rapid pace. In my early thirties, I began to start noticing fine pimples and soon breakouts.

At the time I visited every skin treatment place available to me, including dermatologists, however no one or treat was able to help me. Then I started looking into Face mapping.

With all the facial treatments on the market, face mapping has created quite a buzz in the local beauty salons. But what is Face Mapping?

Face mapping goes back thousands of years and is an ancient practice rooted in Ayurveda teaching and Chinese medicine. Face mapping treats your face as a road map to pinpoint underlying issues in other parts of your body.

Dr. Dan Hsu, a New York City doctor who specializes in Eastern medicine explains that the skin on your face is an expression of your health. “The body is made up of a bunch of systems – Lymphatic, neurological and digestive to name a few, and all of these systems are tied together, “ he explains. “Its very difficult to affect one without the others.” He says that mapping is a way to verify what is going on inside the body since every part of the body is linked to different organs. “In Chinese medicine we look at the body as a whole, and how everything works together,” he says.

So essentially face mapping will allow us to discover what is going on inside our bodies.

What are your breakouts on your skin telling you?

  • Breakouts above the brow, according to Chinese medicine is linked to the gall bladder and liver. If you are getting breakouts here, try eating less processed foods and reduce the amount of fat in your diet.
  • Breakouts on the skin between the brows means that you are either consuming too much alcohol, smoking excessively or eating rich foods. Cut down on the rich foods especially at night and incorporate exercise into your routine.
  • The nose area is connected to your lungs and heart. Cut back on spicy foods, meat and salt and replace it with fruit, veggies and nuts. If your are constantly getting breakouts on your nose check out your blood pressure and vitamin B levels.
  • The liver is connected to your left cheek so if you are experiencing breakouts in this area try eating “cooling foods” like melons and cucumber.
  • The right cheek is connected to the lungs, try aerobic and breathing exercises in the morning to strengthen the lungs. The right cheek is also more “sugar focused” so try cutting back on spicy and fried foods while eating more fiber, fruits and vegetables.
  • The chin area is associated with hormones, but stress can be a huge contributor.

So, instead of focusing all our attention on our outward appearance, maybe the lesson here is to redirect our attention, after all, beauty shines from within.

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