If you think a zit is just a zit and all acne is created equally, think again. According to ancient Chinese wisdom, each section of the face reflects the health of different organs and systems in your body. The physical characteristics of your blemishes also indicate your current state of health. Below I will explain what your acne is telling you and outline steps you can take to eliminate your acne for good by targeting its root cause.
Acne Face Map
Acne here is reflective of digestive issues. Make sure you’re drinking enough water to promote regular elimination, and cut out processed foods, fried foods, sugar and dairy.
In Between the Eyebrows:
Acne here is indicative of an overburdened liver. It may be a sign of too much alcohol or fat in the diet, and it’s best to reduce your intake of both. Liv D-Tox may also help; it contains a blend of nutrients that nourish the liver and help it to regenerate new, healthy cells.
The Temples and Under Eye Area:
The region around the eyes reflects the state of the kidneys and dark circles or acne in this area often means your kidneys are overworked. Common causes may include: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, dehydration, excess body weight, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. To support healthy kidneys, address any of the causes above that may apply to you and drink plenty of water.
The bridge and tip of your nose reflect your heart and cardiovascular health. If you have acne in this region, you may want to have your cholesterol and blood pressure measured. To boost cardiovascular health, make sure to exercise at least 5 days a week; eliminate trans fats and animal products; and consume a whole foods based diet. For further support, take PCOS Heart Plus, it contains a potent blend of herbs to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and to support healthy arteries by reducing oxidative stress.
The ears also indicate kidney health. If you see redness or swelling in this region, try eliminating caffeine, alcohol and sugary beverages. Stay hydrated with water or herbal teas, exercise regularly, ensure you get enough quality sleep, and eat a wholefoods based diet.
The cheeks reflect the health of your stomach and respiratory system. If you have acne or rosacea here steer clear of cigarette smoke, and make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the skincare products you are using. Cheek blemishes may also be caused by stomach inflammation, so consider following an elimination diet to identify any hidden food sensitivities, or purchase a food allergy test kit here.
The jaw area is reflective of hormonal health. To balance hormones, reduce stress, avoid sugar and overeating, and consume a high fiber diet. For stubborn acne, try also taking Estro Block Pro - it helps to eliminate acne causing androgens and estrogens from the body. You may also want to eliminate animal products because they are inflammatory and add to your estrogen load.
The lower middle area of the chin is indicative of stomach health. To address acne in this area, consume a high fiber diet and eliminate processed foods. If your digestion is sluggish, you may want to try adding a tsp of raw apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 15 minutes before your largest meal. Peppermint and ginger tea are also helpful for enhancing digestion and reducing inflammation.
If there is redness, or blemishes at the center of your throat it is indicative of your body fighting an infection. Make sure to get plenty of rest and reduce your food intake so that energy that would otherwise be spent on digestion, can go towards fighting the infection. Also, reduce stress with yoga, meditation or conscious breathing; and consume foods that help boost immunity such as garlic, onions, oregano, lemons, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, turmeric and ginger.
The Physical Characteristics of Acne
Redness and Inflammation:
This is indicative of heat retention and inflammation, which is typically caused by a build-up of toxins in the body. Drink lots of water, eliminate alcohol, fatty and processed foods, and take Liv D-Tox.
Dryness and Red Patches:
This is usually caused by allergies. Make sure your cleaning, personal care and skincare products are made from natural ingredients and don't contain any added fragrances (check out this free guide: How to Tell if a Skincare Product is Truly Green). Also, identify and eliminate any possible food allergens.
Lumps Around the Jawline:
This often indicates systemic toxicity or lymphatic congestion. Jumping on a trampoline for 10 minutes a day is a great all-natural way to get your lymph flowing. I also recommend you consume beets or take concentrated Beetroot powder to help reduce inflammation, fight free radicals, and enhance the circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout your body.
This may indicate that your diet is too high in fat and/or your liver is having a tough time breaking down fat. Eliminate fried foods, vegetable oils and animal products; and reduce your overall fat intake.
Uneven Skin and Rash-like Pimples:
This may be caused by an overgrowth of candida (yeast) in the body. Yeast thrives on sugar, so vastly reduce your intake of all types of sugar (white, brown, honey, molasses, maple syrup etc.), and all products that contain added sugars.
Cyclical Breakouts (usually on chin and jaw):
If your breakouts coincide with your menstruation or ovulation, it is indicative of too much estrogen, and Estro Block can help prevent this. If you also have oily skin, excessive hair growth and struggle with your weight, you may have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and should consult a physician. If diagnosed, it is likely that high testosterone caused by insulin is triggering your acne and worsening your PCOS symptoms. To help reduce insulin and testosterone, eliminate sugar and processed grains, eat a high fiber wholefoods based diet, and take PCOS Heart Plus.