What Your Acne Is Trying to Tell You About Your Health

What Your Acne Is Trying to Tell You About Your Health

There’s nothing worse than waking up with a pesky pimple. We’ve all been there! All acne is unwelcome, of course. But its specific location might be telling you something.

The Ayurvedic practice of face mapping links each location of your face to a different internal system. In some cases, the location may be related to a certain habit. Knowing the location can be a game changer, though. It can help you zero in on a better treatment – beyond the face wash.


Here’s what you need to know if you breakout in these 6 spots.

1. Chin Acne Could Mean Hormonal Imbalance
Chin Acne Means Hormonal Imbalance

Acne on the chin is caused by hormonal imbalances. It’s common to see this crop up a week or two before a menstrual period. You can thank the fluctuating estrogen levels for that!1 Hormonal imbalances may also be caused by conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome.2 and thyroid problems. Even chronic stress can mess with your hormones, so try to take it easy.3


The best way to check your hormonal levels is through a blood test. So if you have chin acne, talk to your doctor about doing one.

2. Jawline Acne Could Mean Digestive Issues

Jawline Acne Signifies Digestive Issues


When your digestive system flares up, so does your jawline. This means that your stomach or intestines need extra attention. For good digestive health, consider eating more fiber from fruits, veggies, and whole grains.4 You can also enhance digestion by eating foods rich in probiotics.5 Yogurt and kimchi are yummy options. However, do keep in mind hormonal acne can also show up on the jawline.

3. T-Zone And Nose Acne Could Mean Liver Trouble

T-Zone And Nose Acne Signify Liver Trouble


This area is linked to the liver. In fact, a red nose is a sign of damaged liver in alcoholics. So if you constantly have acne here – or it has a reddish hue – there might be something up with your liver. Give your drinking habits a second thought. If you don’t think alcohol is the cause, get your liver function checked.

4. Forehead Acne Could Mean Kidney Distress

Forehead Acne Signifies Kidney Distress


If you breakout on the forehead, your kidneys may be in distress. Dehydration is a common cause, so do be sure to drink enough water. Stick to simple H2O instead of sugary drinks. Areas around the forehead – like under your eyes and the ears – can also signify kidney problems. From the outside, forehead acne may be simply caused by makeup, bangs, or hats. Keep the area clean by properly removing makeup at the end of the day.

5. Cheek Acne Could Mean Lung Issues

Cheek Acne Means Lung Issues


Your cheeks are connected to the lungs – that’s they turn red after a workout. Smoking and pollution can cause cheek breakouts, though. External causes might be dirty phones and pillowcases. So make it a point to clean both of these things often.

6. Lower Cheek Acne Could Mean Mouth Problems

Lower Cheek Acne Signifies Mouth Problems


This is the area just above the jawline. Breakouts here are related to mouth problems like gingivitis. To prevent them, practice good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing. Switching to more natural toothpastes and mouthwashes may also help.

Face mapping proves that acne isn’t a superficial problem. Pay attention to your pimples, especially if they show up in the same place. It might give you hints on better treatment.