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March 22, 2010

#76 Face Mapping & Breakouts

I am so sorry about my lack of posts recently!! I was trying to catch up on everything post being ill and have also been swamped with life things in general…. But im back now…so moving on to todays post

I don’t know if this happens to anyone else but over the last few months I have noticed that I have been breaking out along my chin area, and they don’t seem to be your average typical spots but are larger and quite painful.

So having decided I have had enough especially as my skin is quite prone to scarring, I have started doing some research into it. I will be trying to find out what is causing it and what I can do about it.

My first point of research has led me to look at face mapping. Face mapping is based on the belief that the body provides an outside view of the body’s internal health. So the location of breakouts on the face or body will provide an indication of the underlying cause, and by treating this cause, you can supposedly stop the breakouts.

First up is the Dermalogica face map, and I am inclined to agree with what my cause is. I have noticed that the breakouts always seem to occur a few days before my time of the month which definitely indicates that my hormones are at work. Check out the map below and the explanations of the different zones and see if you notice anything that might relate to you.

There are a few other face map theories out there so I will also be comparing them to see how they match up and following that I will looking at what I can do to treat the breakouts and stop them from reoccurring.

(Image and information below is taken from Dermalogica and www.jerseybeautycompany.co.uk/skin_mapping.php
The Zones

zones 1 & 3Traditionally, this zone is regarded as the "sister" to the bladder and digestive system. If you breakout frequently in this area, it might mean that you need to improve your elimination by drinking more water and eating more "whole" foods.

zone 2The middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows, is related to the liver. Congestion in this zone can indicate over consumption of alcohol, rich foods, and possibly a food allergy (such as lactose intolerance).

zones 4 & 10The ears are a highly sensitive area related to the kidneys. If you notice that your ears are very hot, you might be stressing them out – drink plenty of plain water and cut down on caffeine and alcohol.

zones 5 & 9The cheeks often give an accurate glimpse into any respiratory distress. Smokers or people suffering from allergies generally experience fine, broken capillaries or congestion in this area.

zones 6 & 8The eyes are truly a window to the body's health because they're related to the kidneys. Dark circles , while often hereditary, are made worse by dehydration and poor elimination.

zone 7A reddened nose can indicate heightened blood pressure, or the early stages of rosacea. Congestion around the upper lip can occur if you use comedogenic lipsticks or liners.

zones 11 & 13If you've had extensive dental surgery done, you might notice a breakout along the jaw line, near the ears.

zone 12Breakouts or unusual hair growth can indicate hormonal imbalance, possibly caused by extreme stress. Premenstrual breakouts are also very common on the chin.

zone 14Don't forget to include your neck in your treatment regimen - its skin is just as fragile as that on your face, so it definitely needs the benefits of moisturisation and sun protection

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