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How to Use Facial Mapping to Reduce Breakouts

A variety of dietary, lifestyle and genetic factors can play a role in your complexion. For those who are prone to acne, paying attention to where you break out can sometimes tell you more about what is going on beneath the surface. Then you can map your breakouts to find the best vitamins for acne!

Your skin is a reflection of your health and wellbeing. In traditional Chinese practice, it is thought that the different areas of the face correlate to different parts of your body. Over the past few years, much more attention has been paid how your face is a guide to the health of correlating organs.

While Western medicine has yet to look in depth at this, and a variety of factors (lifestyle, dietary, genetic) can all play a role in breakouts, if you find yourself breaking out in the same facial regions regularly, facial mapping is an interesting way to take a deeper look at the way our skin and wellness starts within.

Facial Mapping - Use to find the best vitamins for acne

Map Your Breakouts to Find the Best Vitamins for Acne

As mapping goes, if you pay attention and know how to read the signs on your face you can learn a lot about how to improve your health and skin. If you find the cause of your breakouts is related to the function of correlating organs, here are some of the best vitamins for acne based on skin mapping!

A. Forehead: Digestion

In Chinese medicine the forehead is linked to digestion. As we’ve discussed in the past, the gut-skin connection describes what a large role the microbes in our digestive tract play in our wellbeing and on our complexion. Growing research indicates how a diverse and healthy gut flora helps skin concerns such as eczema and inflammation. This means that some of the best vitamins for acne when breaking out around the forehead can be those that boost your digestive health. Probiotic supplements can help healthy bacteria in your gut flourish, and you can even see the best probiotic strains to take for your breakouts here.

B. T-Zone: Liver

Breakouts in the T-zone area between your eyebrows and upper nose might be linked to the liver. Stress on your liver which filters foreign toxins might be due to an abundance of alcohol consumption, over-processed foods, caffeine, or even chemicals like pesticides. To address breakouts showing up in relation to your liver, try going for more real foods (think less packaging, shorter ingredient lists, and organic foods.) Some of the best vitamins for acne in your t-zone region will be those with a cleansing function such as milk thistle, dandelion, and even botanicals such as the algae chlorella — the key detoxing herbs in our Daily Cleanse!

C. Nose: Blood Pressure

The nose links to the heart, meaning blemishes around your nose might relate back to high blood pressure. If this is the case for you, look to ways you can relieve stress in your life through meditation, breathing exercises, or any of our 17 tips to fight fatigue and de-stress. In addition, adding healthy essential fats in the form of avocado, chia seeds, flaxseeds or olive oil and removing saturated fats from your diet can be helpful. A high-quality fish oil supplement can also support a healthy heart and reduce inflammation throughout the skin.

D. Cheeks: Lungs

The rosy tops of your cheeks connect to your lungs. Toxins from air pollution and smoking both might play a role here, clogging pores along with the dirt and oil on your skin’s surface and exacerbating acne. If this is the case, vitamin C, A and E are some of the best clearing vitamins for acne. Vitamin A can be beneficial in preventing infections, vitamin C helps regulate the immune system and collagen production, and vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation.

E. Chin: Hormones

Breakouts in the chin region are thought to relate to fluctuating hormones, often in accordance with your menstrual cycle. This sort of hormonal imbalance can also arise from stress, so finding ways to manage stress through exercise, meditation and restful sleep will again be helpful. Hormone balancing herbs such as ashwagandha, maca root, or chasteberry can be helpful vitamins for acne breakouts around your chin in relation to PMS.

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Julie is HUM's Community Manager. She is a vivid health enthusiast with a passion for beauty, wellness & nutrition.
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