There it is. You wake up and see the beginnings of a zit. It’s going to bother you all day. Or worse, you notice it before you’re about to go to bed, knowing that it’ll be a full-fledged adult zit by morning, and then you’ll have to go about your day with a giant white head. Popping it might be a temporary fix to make it easier to cover with foundation, but you know it will come back with a vengeance. Not to mention, it will be damaging to your skin in the long run. There are much healthier long-term treatments for acne according to your facial zones. This technique is called face mapping. This theory is based off of Eastern medicinal practices that believe the body is a whole being and that we should treat the cause of a problem instead of just the symptoms. Western medicine treats each system in the body as a separate entity while Eastern practices preach that everything in the body is related to one another. Face mapping, specifically, dates back to 2500 B.C. It is based on the idea that your skin reflects your internal health. As you can see in the picture, the face is divided into zones, and each zone is believed to be related to different internal areas. Acne in each zone could be the result of certain internal imbalances.
Zone 1, 2: Breakouts in these two zones correspond to your bladder and digestive system. Meaning, you need to hydrate to eliminate more waste or improve your diet. It signifies a need for less processed food, less fat, and more fresh fruits, veggies, and water.
Zone 3: This zone corresponds to your liver. Breakouts can signify over consumption of alcohol, greasy foods, and dairy. This is also the first area to break out from the cause of a food allergy such as lactose intolerance, so listen to your gut and your skin if you think you may have one. To relieve stress on your liver, do 30 minutes of light exercise daily and remember to get plenty of rest.
Zone 4, 6, 8, 10: All four of these zones represent your kidneys, and therefore suffer from dehydration. Although many times breakouts may not occur in these areas, ears may feel inflamed and dark circles appear worse if you’re not properly hydrated, so drink up!
Zone 5, 9: These zones suffer when there is a problem with the respiratory system. Both allergies and smoking can result in breakouts or increased broken capillaries. If neither of these apply, try not to let your body overheat and keep the body more alkaline by cutting down on foods that make your body more acidic, like sugar, alcohol, and dairy. If that doesn’t work, the problem could be as simple as changing a dirty pillowcase or cleaning your phone’s surface.
Zone 7: This zone is related to your heart. Breakouts can be related to blood pressure or Vitamin B levels. Try making some changes to lower cholesterol. Replace “bad” fats in your diet with “good” fats like Omega 3 and 6 from avocados, fish, and nuts.
Zone 11, 13: Zone 11 and 13 breakouts are often a result of hormonal changes and high stress. Unfortunately, both of these are usually unavoidable, but skin blemishes can be minimized in these circumstances by getting plenty of sleep, drinking lots of water, and eating leafy greens.
Zone 12: This zone corresponds to the small intestine. Breakouts could signify a buildup of toxins. Drink lots of water and add more fiber to your diet to clean out your system.
Zone 14: Breakouts here just mean you are preparing for battle! Your body is most likely fighting a bacterial infection or some other type of illness. Drink water, load up on vitamins, and sleep it off.
Small changes go a long way for your skin, so listen and respond to your body and watch it reward you with a healthy glow!