Pop Quiz. What’s the largest and most visible organ on your body? If you answered skin – ding ding ding, you are correct! If you’re struggling with breakouts and not quite sure why, face mapping might help you get to the bottom of it.
Face mapping is an ancient practice that connects points on your face to an organ or body part. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine have used face mapping for thousands of years. Both modalities offer different style face charts, but they’re still based on the idea that a blemish on your face is an indication of a deeper issue. Face mapping allows us to look past the surface and focus on the root cause of those pesky blemishes.
I find both styles of face charts to be quite informative and reasonably accurate, although there is no “science” backing face mapping at this time. I prefer to use a combination of the two modalities, and here is how it breaks down.
The forehead is known as the stress zone, which is governed by Vata. The Ayurvedic dosha Vata is associated with movement, the activities of the nervous system, and the process of elimination. Forehead breakouts point to a Vata imbalance, which can be seen as internal stagnation and dehydration.
Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day and decreasing your intake of dehydrating foods such as coffee, alcohol, and salt(i.e., processed foods). Constipation is common among those with a Vata imbalance. Be sure to eat plenty of foods rich in fiber, healthy fats, and hydrating foods. Finally, it is essential to deal with stress by ensuring you are getting enough sleep and doing things such as meditation and yoga that can bring a sense of calm to the body and mind.
Cheek and Nose Acne
This part of the face is known as the digestive zone and is governed by Pitta. The Ayurvedic dosha Pitta is associated with digestion, metabolism, and energy production. Pitta presents itself in the blood, liver, and digestive tract—all of which have a direct impact on the skin. Common culprits for cheek acne include food intolerances/sensitivities, a diet too high in sugar, and respiratory issues. Breakouts on the nose are typically tied to the heart and blood circulation.
Avoid acidic fruits, processed sugar, deep-fried dishes, and heating foods such as hot spices. Favor foods that are cooling for your gut and healing for your liver. Take a more in-depth look into your diet to see what food(s) might be aggravating your digestive system. Ensure that you are adequately hydrated by sipping on water throughout the day. If you are dealing with respiratory issues after you have cleaned up your diet, consider investing in an air purifier, and practicing mindful breathing exercises.
Chin and Jawline Acne
This part of the face is known, and the hormonal zone and is governed by Kapha. The Ayurvedic dosha Kapha is associated with the structure of the body and lubrication and, in turn, governs the tissue that supports the reproductive system. Chin and jawline breakouts may indicate a hormonal imbalance or a health issue such as PCOS. Acne in this area can also indicate candida overgrowth.
Avoid foods that feed candida such as sugar, dairy, alcohol, and fried dishes. Incorporate herbs such as pepper, cayenne, mustard seed, and ginger to stimulate your digestive fire. Kapha also governs the lymphatic system, so it is crucial to make time for movement. Regular exercise and self-massage are important self-care rituals to take on as to avoid stagnation and accumulation of toxins in the body.