Face Mapping: What Is Your Skin Telling You?

Face mapping dates back thousands of years in ancient Chinese practice. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe energy flows to and from organs along visible pathways, and that the appearance of the skin is a direct reflection of a person’s health.

And while research on this subject is limited, derms can no longer deny that the food you eat affects your skin. Your lifestyle and food choices are directly related to the health of your skin.

Our skin is our largest organ, and our body uses it as a form of detoxification. When certain toxins build up in the body, it will often show itself on the skin as either acne, dryness, or redness. With the help of ancient Chinese face mapping, we can pinpoint which organs are being affected; either by toxic overload, food sensitivities, activity level, or hormones. Topical treatments can help to a certain extent, but to completely clear your skin issues, you must fix the problem internally as well.

Let’s take a look at the facial zones and what the art of face mapping says about them:


This can include food sensitivities, digestive issues, stress, and lack of sleep. Try taking digestive enzymes with each large meal, don’t eat in a hurry, avoid late-night snacks, try to pinpoint possible food sensitivities, and get adequate sleep on a regular basis.

Between The Eyebrows:

The two most common things that affect the health of your liver: fatty foods and alcohol. The main function of our liver is to detoxify, but an overload of toxins can overwhelm the liver and present as acne and other skin issues. Try sticking to a clean diet for a month, and see if the issue resolves.


If you get frequent blackheads here, it may be caused by excess mucus. Avoid mucus causing foods such as dairy (this includes milk, cheese, whey protein and yogurt. Butter is generally better tolerated than the others listed here), fried foods, and frozen foods. Excess alcohol may contribute to redness on the nose.


Lack of sleep, deficiencies, dehydration, and stress can all take a toll on your eyes and manifest as dark circles, puffiness, or bags. And while dark circles are hereditary for many, the things listed above can make them worse. Increase your water intake and eat water rich fruits such as cucumber and watermelon. Try incorporating self-care and calming rituals in your day, and get plenty of sleep.


Acne or small bumps on the upper cheeks can be an indicator of too much sugar in your diet, which can lead to candida overgrowth. Try to avoid refined sugars, processed carbs, sugary cocktails, and even wine (a little tip for wine lovers: white wine contains less sugar than red wine).

Pollution, smoking cigarettes, and allergies that affect the respiratory system could contribute to break-outs or redness/broken capillaries. Another cause of acne here may be your cell phone, comedogenic ingredients in your facial products, dirty makeup brushes, or sleeping on a dirty pillow case.


This is where you will see your hormonal acne, which will appear as cystic acne. It may even travel up your jawline and neck as well. Chasteberry has been shown to treat hormonal acne in some studies. DIM is another supplement that may help as it metabolizes and balances estrogen. Also be aware of hormone disrupting ingredients in your food and topical products.

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