Did you know that when we see someone with clear, glowing skin, our minds automatically make the connection that the individual is healthy? We are designed to assume that someone with healthy skin is healthier than someone with skin issues. This assumption that our minds make may not be baseless. According to face mapping, the state of your skin actually does reflect your overall health.
Based on Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic philosophies, face mapping is a way to figure out the individual’s internal conditions based on the condition of the skin.1 According to face mapping, each part of the face reflects the condition of a particular organ in the body. That means by observing the signs on the face, you could figure out, to a certain degree, if there is something wrong internally, and what it is. Here are some of the zones and signs that you should look out for.
1. Center Of Chin
We have all had an unsightly blemish erupting on our chins from time to time (usually right before an important event), but did you know that this little pimple could be indicative of a stomach problem or other digestive issues. In order to get rid of toxins and give the stomach a cleanse, try herbal teas (peppermint tea is particularly good).
Drinking cranberry juice and orange juice also helps as they are both loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals. Fiber is your gut’s best friend. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises Americans to eat between 20 and 30 grams of fiber a day because it plays such an important part in digestion. Fiber adds bulk to your stool so that it moves through the digestive tract and gets eliminated from the body easily. Organic vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are good sources of fiber.
2. Sides Of Chin
Hormonal changes can be blamed for skin issues found on either side of the chin. This is a very common issue for women, particularly right before they get their periods or even during it. The best way to counter this issue is to adopt a healthier lifestyle: Drink plenty of water, eat your vegetables, and make sure that you get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Meditation and yoga are great techniques you could practice to reduce stress.
The cheekbones, according to face mapping, is intricately connected to the respiratory system. Acne on your cheeks could be the result of respiratory issues due to smoking or allergies. If you find that you have pimples in this area even though you don’t smoke or have allergies, the culprit could be unclean or polluted air.
Make sure that you get fresh air often and avoid being exposed to high temperatures. Just because you are indoors most of the time, don’t assume that the air is toxin-free. To cool your body, eat cooling (alkaline) foods such as peppers, garlic, onion, kiwi fruit, green leafy vegetables, and avocado. You should also try and avoid sugars as well.
It is believed that the nose and circulation are closely linked. Skin issues on the nose suggest that you may have blood pressure problems. Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. You should try to reduce stress through whichever stress-reducing technique that works for you.
Eating plenty of heart-healthy foods such as nuts, avocado, tahini, oily fish, cold-pressed olive oil, linseed or flaxseeds will benefit your circulation and health of the heart. Consumption of alcohol and coffee should be brought down to a minimum because these artificially stimulates the cardiovascular system. Pimples on the nose could also be the result of makeup buildup. Make sure you remove all traces of makeup, clean, and moisturize your face well each night before bed.
Issues with the kidneys could be reflected in the form of pimples within the ear, (as well as redness and swelling in there). Some people even feel heat radiating from the ear. You should be removing caffeinated and alcoholic drinks from your diet to deal with this. You should also hydrate well and get adequate sleep.
6. Underneath The Eyes
The area underneath the eyes could signal something wrong with the kidneys. If you have dark, puffy “bags” under the eyes, it may be a sign of damaged kidney function. Swollen, puffy lower eyelids are symptomatic of sluggish kidney function. Try to drink a lot of filtered water rather than regular water so that your kidneys are put under less strain. Ensure that you get enough shut-eye and also avoid stress. Also, steer clear of coffee and alcohol, which are dehydrating.
The tongue is an amazing muscular organ with many functions. It is also a mirror reflecting some very specific problems of your internal health. If you check the tongue right after waking up in the morning and find circles of white buildup towards the middle or back area, it may point towards intestinal toxins. “Frothiness” or abrasion at the outside edges of the tongue may stipulate that your lung function is not optimal. To flush out toxins, do a detox. Add detoxifying foods to your diets such as green tea, garlic, cranberry juice, and orange juice. To improve your lung capacity, try deep-breathing meditation and some cardio-based exercise.
Liver issues may be the reason behind the acne right between your eyes. Alcohol is a huge factor in causing issues with the liver. Allergens can also trigger your liver to fight off toxins, so pay attention to what you are eating when you get pimples in this area.
Next time you do a grocery-run, make sure you pick up some anti-inflammatory foods like walnuts, oily fish, linseeds/flaxseeds, turmeric, organic bone broth, and ginger. Avoid foods like processed foods, caffeine, refined salt and sugar that promote inflammation.
The location of the pimples on your face may indicate if you have something going wrong internally, but you need to consult a specialist to figure out what exactly the issue is, what caused it and how to treat it.