hen was the last time you took a look in the mirror at your face? I mean really stopped and took a long look to see what your face may reveal to you about your current state of health and well being. Most of us breeze past a mirror first thing in the morning and right before we go to bed, just long enough to brush our teeth and wash our face perhaps.
You may have heard that your skin is a reflection of your health. When a blemish appears on your face, it may be a sign of an imbalance, whether it is related to nutrition, hormones, genetics, or environmental factors. Skin is the body’s largest organ, and it communicates with the internal organs, ultimately dictating what shows up – or doesn’t – on our faces.
Every month when my hormones are high my face always lets me know if I have been a bit “sloppy” with my diet, by breaking out around my jaw line. I also know when Ive been eating foods that are too fatty, because I get a painful little bump around my lip line. If I’ve been eating foods that are too acidic in nature I even feel like my lips are blistered, or the side of my mouth feels cracked. When I don’t drink enough water, the whites of my eyes get red and my skin looks ashy. To much stress, I look gaunt. Not enough sleep or too much sodium equals puffy eyes. So what is our face trying to tell us? and do you want to know how you can improve your health for radiant skin?
Skin mapping, also known as face mapping, is a technique originally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. The idea is that the face is a mirror of your health – various areas or “zones” of the face correlate to specific organs and reveal their condition. Face mapping guides you to look beyond the surface and treat the underlying cause of a skin condition.
The Forehead is a window to the liver and gallbladder. Excessive fat consumption and/or too much alcohol may cause breakouts in this area. Balance your system by minimizing rich foods and alcoholic beverages and drinking plenty of herbal tea and fresh water. Milk thistle and burdock root are often used to help support liver and gallbladder health.
The area between your eyebrows, also known as the “third eye,” is said to be connected to your stomach and liver. Poor digestion and toxic buildup may lead to blemishes in this area.
Try an elimination diet to rule out any allergies or intolerance’s and consider a gentle cleanse. Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can also improve digestive health.
The temples and brow line correlate to the kidneys. Issues in this region could indicate dehydration and/or overworked kidneys. Low back pain typically goes hand-in-hand with these symptoms.Try drinking more water and including super foods such as kale, spinach, berries, and algae in your diet.
The area under your eyes represents the condition of the stomach, kidneys, and liver. If you’re experiencing puffiness and/or dark circles under your eyes, consider reducing or removing alcohol, caffeine, and sugar from your diet. Drink plenty of water and detoxifying tea, and make sure you are getting enough quality sleep.
The bridge of your nose and upper area of your cheeks is said to be connected to the heart. Rashes like rosacea commonly appear in this area. Try replacing unhealthy saturated fats with healthy fats loaded with omega fatty acids to boost your HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol). Opt for raw nuts, avocado, salmon, flax seeds, and chia seeds.
The middle-region of the cheeks is a window to the stomach and lungs. This area of the face is notorious for rosacea as well as breakouts and hyper-pigmentation. Consider common allergens like wheat and dairy. Try alkalizing your body by eating plenty of green vegetables and reducing acid-forming foods like alcohol, caffeine, and sugar.
The lower cheeks and nose get bossed around by the liver and stomach. Wrinkles, breakouts, and redness abound in this area and can usually be blamed on food intolerance’s and toxic buildup. Clean up your diet and add in some cleansing vegetable juice. Experiment to see what type of eating approach optimizes your baseline and is sustainable for you.
The mouth region is also connected to the stomach.Consider food sensitivities and toxic buildup. You may want to try a gentle detox and/or an elimination diet and add more green vegetables and fiber to your meals.
The jawline is a window to the ovaries and/or colon, and breakouts here can be triggered by hormonal stress, especially in women. A consistent menstrual cycle can help keep hormones and circulation healthy. While menstruating, women should include a lot of greens and hydrating foods. Try a balanced, low- glycemic diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Keep stress levels under control and ensure that you are getting quality sleep.
The lymph nodes can gauge stress levels and can often determine if the body is trying to fight off illness. Our glands swell when they are fighting off bacteria – a good sign that our bodies are working to process the bad stuff. If your glands feel irritated or swollen, take the time to unwind by practicing self-care. Extra rest, a balanced diet, yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation can all help to reduce emotional and physical stress that interferes with your body’s natural healing process
Skin mapping is a very specific technique, but it all comes down to balancing your baseline health, improving your immunity, pinpointing sensitivities, and discovering the approach that truly works for you, not against you. No two people are the same, and every individual will require a different protocol for optimal health, both inside and out.