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Most of us have heard of skin concerns, but what about concerned skin? None of us like to deal with those little imperfections that stand between us and flawlessness, but could it be that these little blemishes are trying to tell us something? The practice of “face mapping” suggests that the location, type of your acne, and time of breakout could give you clues about what’s causing it. Here are some theories about what the appearance of your acne might be trying to tell you.
A breakout on the forehead may be an indication that your system is having difficulty digesting foods, or that you’re experiencing liver problems, stress, or difficulty sleeping. If any of these are the case, bitter herbs or digestive enzymes, such as papaya taken before a meal can help to break foods down. Make sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night, and if you believe liver issues to be the cause, try some garlic and onions, or dandelion tea.
Between the Eyebrows
Apparently, greasy, fatty food goes right to your eyebrows. If your breakouts are between the brows, try making healthier food choices and cutting down on alcohol.
Breakouts on cheeks are often associated with polluted air. Consider plants in the home to keep the air clean. Allergies which affect the respiratory system can also cause cheek acne, as can pressing a phone against your skin. Wash skin thoroughly before sleep, and try and keep sugar levels to a minimum.
Chin pimples may be related to hormonal changes. Pay attention to skin care around the time of your menstrual cycle, consider eating foods that regulate hormones, and keep your hands away from your chin, which can transfer acne causing oils from your fingers to your skin.
When did you break out?
In the Morning
Morning pimples could indicate that you forgot to wash your face before going to bed. However, if you wake up sans makeup, but not sans zits, it may have been something you ate for dinner that did not digest properly. Eating close to bed time is another possible cause of pimples, and may be an explanation for your unpleasant awakening.
Zits popping up in the afternoon are often hormonal. If you are nearing your menstrual cycle, it is important to make sure not to use moisturizers containing ingredients such as propylene glycol, mineral oil, and dimethicone which can trap bacteria and increase the likelihood of a breakout.
Nighttime pimples are likely to be the result of overall pollution accumulation during the day. Make sure to wash your face as soon as you walk in the door and apply fresh moisturizer directly afterward.
Type Of Breakouts
Clogged Pores and blackheads
Clogged press and blackheads can mean that your skin is dry in the area of the breakout, which could be an indication of a congested liver. Try a short detox diet to flush the system, and make sure to drink plenty of water.
Cystic acne is characterized by swollen, often painful bumps that sit underneath the skin’s surface and can take weeks to heal. It can be related to hormonal issues, such as menopause, PMS, childbirth, and breastfeeding or digestive issues. If you’re suffering from cystic acne, you may want to consider adding some probiotics to your diets, like kefir, and yogurt.
Frequent acne can indicate a response to irritating ingredients in your skin products.
Occasional acne is often stress related, so calm down!
What do you think is causing your acne? What do you think about face mapping? Skin concern, or concerned skin? Let us know! We love to hear from you!