Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Listen to your Acne

I always knew that the once-monthly spots that took over were the results of not-so-stable hormones. However, after reading several dermatologists sites, there is in fact a "Face Map" that tells you what could be causing you to break out.

Face mapping explains how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body. Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X's on that landscape. Spots of different zones correspond to different problems. So, with this "map" as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish, but also treat the underlying health problem in time.

Here is how to decode breakouts in the basic areas:

1 & 2 is your digestive system.
Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet,
step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3 is you liver.
Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy.
This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients.
Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your living can rest.

4 & 5 are your kidneys.
Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. So, drink up!

6 is your heart.
Check your blood pressure and vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air.
Besides this, look into ways of lower cholesterol, like replacing "bad fats" with "good fats", such as Omega 3 and 6 that is found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your make up is not past its expiration date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8 are your kidneys.
Again, drink up and cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

9 & 10 is your respiratory system.
Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don't let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air.
Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheat grass juice.
Another thing that most forget - dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

11 & 12 is your hormones.
This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes, which are sometimes unavoidable. You can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping your skin scrupulously clean.
Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

13 is your stomach.
Step up the fiber intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14 is illness.
Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

So, next time you break out, check out the "Face Map" to see what's going on with your body. Your body is probably trying to communicate with you on behalf of the internal organs. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right direction - just because you break out between the brows doesn't mean you have a bad liver!

See you next time,


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