Skin is the largest organ of the body and it provides a direct reflection of what is happening inside. When your digestion, hormones, blood sugar levels or other body systems are out of whack, this imbalance often shows up on your face.
Face mapping stems from ancient Eastern medicine that treats your face as a road map to pinpoint underlying issues in certain areas of your body. The face is divided into zones (upper, mid, lower), when an organ or organ system is out of balance, it can show up on the face in the form of breakouts, redness, dryness or irritation.
Forehead -Digestive system
Breakouts and pimples that consistently pop up around your forehead indicate that your digestive system may be sluggish and or having a hard time breaking down foods.
Limit sugary and greasy foods which may be making your digestive system worse. Eat foods rich in probiotics – think kimchi, sauerkraut and coconut yogurt. Chew food well to improve digestion and don’t eat on the run. Try our digestive aid herbal tea
Cheeks – Lungs and respiratory system
Pollution and smoking will damage this part of the skin. Get plenty of exercise and stay away from pollution.
The lung meridian is strongest at 7-9am so this is the ideal time for cardio exercise. Drink lots of green vegetable juices including – dark leafy greens, kale, cucumber and celery. Step into nature, get lots fresh air and use toxin free cleaning products.
Between the eyebrows – Liver
If you are experiencing oiliness around your T-zone, your liver may be sluggish or fighting hard to keep up with any influx of toxins from external or internal sources.
Give your liver some love by removing alcohol, processed foods, dairy and saturated fats from your diet. Add more bitters to your diet (dandelion, kale, cacao), along with lemon juice or apple cider to help stimulate your liver enzymes. Enjoy liver supportive herbs such as St Mary thistle, dandelion and burdock which you will find in our detox and glow herbal tea.
Jawline – Stomach and reproductive organs
Digestive and hormonal issues often arise as problematic skin conditions in this area.
Avoid hydrogenated fats and processed sugar. Eat plenty of demulcent fibre (chia, marshmallow, slippery elm, aloe vera) to improve stomach health. Pineapple, ginger and pawpaw, support healthy digestion.
Nose – heart and cardiovascular system
Redness or inflammation on your nose can be pointing to heart weakness or poor circulation and/or high blood pressure.
Ensure you are exercising regularly, reducing salt in your diet and keeping your cholesterol levels in check. Foods rich in nitric oxide such as garlic, beetroot and leafy greens help support healthy blood flow.
Mouth – Hormonal imbalance – endocrine system
Breakouts are associated with hormonal imbalances and issues.
Practice 30 minutes of light exercise every day – outdoors is particularly beneficial. Incorporate relaxation or meditation techniques for 20 minutes each day.
Ears and temple – Kidney
Dehydration, poor lymphatic circulation. Nourish the kidneys with proper hydration.
Drink plenty of water – add a squeeze of lime or lemon. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Switch from processed table salt to sea salt. Consume cooling foods like cucumbers and melons.
Chin – Reproductive organs
If your breakouts are appearing on your chin, your hormone levels may be out of balance. If you are getting breakouts during ovulation, typically this means your level of androgens (testosterone) are elevated.
Hormones can be tricky to navigate! Support your liver to clear excess hormones, reducing inflammatory foods (e.g. dairy, gluten and foods high in saturated fat). Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in diindolylmethane (DIM), which are effective in detoxifying excess oestrogen. Take a break from coffee and alcohol and switch to green tea. Green tea contains polyphenols, supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes.
Under eyes – Kidney and lack of sleep
Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration and lack of sleep.
Drink plenty of water – add a squeeze of lime or lemon. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep per night and avoid watching tv or using your computer before bed. The blue light from the screen can actually adversely affect your circadian rhythm. Try our age defying eye cream designed to soothe and reduce puffiness in the overall delicate eye area.
For more information on “Face mapping” or to book a naturopathic consultation please contact Beata at B inspired healthy lifestyle.
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