Understanding Your Acne With Face Mapping

Approximately 17 million people in the United States struggle with acne. For some, showing the skin a little TLC with expensive washes and medicated gels will usually solve the problem and have their skin glowing in just a few days, but for many others, it unfortunately takes a whole lot more to see any sort of result. They may wash their face religiously, wear no pore-clogging makeup, and even cut greasy foods completely out of their diet, but still see no positive change in their skin. Even worse? The breakouts keep happening in the same exact area of the face, resulting in scarring.


Although breakouts are generally traced back to dirt and oil that builds up on the surface of the skin and clogs the pores, this is not the one and only root cause of pimples. They may not be aware of it, but many people suffer from acne as a result of an internal problem or imbalance, rather than an insufficient skincare routine or poor diet.

The Solution?

Something called face mapping -  While it cannot be 100% guaranteed to solve your skin troubles, it can very well play a role in helping you find out what is causing them, especially if your breakouts tend to happen on one specific part of your face.

What Is Face Mapping?

Face mapping is a general guideline for figuring out what's going on inside your body. The skin is the body's largest organ and tends to reflect its internal health, so by looking at where your skin tends to breakout, you may find out what the deeper rooted problem is internally. This may range from hormonal imbalances and elevated stress levels, to a weakness or toxicity of a specific gland or organ.

Face mapping, and even full-body mapping, has been practiced by doctors in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to figure out underlying problems within the body for a wide range of illnesses, diseases, and conditions.

Face Mapping 101

The following are the various areas of the face where acne may strike, and what underlying problems are generally believed to be associated with them:

1.) Forehead: Breakouts on the forehead are often associated with problems of the intestines, such as difficulty for the large and small intestines to break down food. The complexion of the forehead is also believed to be affected by liver toxicity and irregular sleeping patterns.

2.) Between The Eyebrows: The area between the eyebrows is often affected by things such as smoking, greasy foods, dehydration, and excessive alcohol consumption.

3.) Nose: Breakouts on the nose are generally associated with gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, indigestion, or bacterial imbalance. They also may be a result of problems with blood pressure or poor circulation.

4 & 5.) The Cheeks: Although they are generally associated with the lungs and problems of the respiratory system, the cheeks may also breakout as a result of chemically-treated hair and skin products, or bacterial contact, such as from a cell phone or dirty pillow case.

6.) The Mouth: Breakouts around the mouth are generally associated with hormonal imbalances, or changes relating to the reproductive organs, such as ovulation or the menstrual cycle. 

7.) Chin/Jawline: Generally associated with the endocrine system, the jawline tends to break out when there is a hormonal imbalance within the body. Breakouts in this area may also be a result of high stress levels or poor kidney function.

(Not numbered in the above picture) The Temples: The temples are generally associated with lymphatic function, circulation, the gallbladder, and the kidneys - so breakouts in this area may mean there is a problem pertaining to one of those things. Breakouts in the temple area may also be triggered by high-fat foods, processed foods, or dehydration. 


Important: While face mapping has helped many people figure out the real reasons behind their acne, it is obviously not always 100% accurate. In other words, just because you are breaking out by your jawline every so often, does not necessarily mean that you have a definite, serious problem with your thyroid or a dangerous hormone imbalance - but it is definitely worth looking into and taking into consideration.

My Story: I had horrible cheek and jawbone acne. I was aware I had high stress levels, but did nothing about it. Between two jobs, it was hard to find time to relax. Upon looking into face mapping, I saw that high stress may cause jawline acne, so I began making it a point to unwind through stretching for 15 minutes each day. After also learning that acne on the cheeks may be caused by the chemicals in our beauty products, I changed my entire hair and skincare regime over to ONLY plant-based shampoo, conditioner, and face lotion. After just a month, the acne that I struggled with for well over a year was finally completely gone. It was like a miracle to me!

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