Skin Mapping – Revealing the Truth Behind your Breakouts.

Skin mapping, also known as face mapping, is a technique originally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.  It is believed that the face and our skin is a direct correlation to our health.  Skin is the body’s largest organ and it communicates with the internal organs fundamentally determining what shows up or doesn’t show up on our faces.  Hormones, genetics, nutrition, and environmental factors additionally take part in the health of our skin.  The concept is that the face is a mirror of our health and different areas of the face are connected to specific organs.  Skin mapping assists in navigating you to look beyond the surface and treat the underlying cause of the skin condition.

If you consistently breakout on your……

The forehead is a window to the liver and gallbladder.  Breakouts here indicate your digestive system is having a hard time breaking down food.  Excessive fat consumption and/or too much alcohol, toxins, stress, and irregular sleeping patterns may be the cause of breakouts in this area.  Balance your system by minimizing rich foods and alcoholic beverages and by drinking plenty of fresh filtered water.  Warm water with a lemon first thing in the morning will help wake up the digestive system and rehydrate the body. Milk thistle, dandelion, and burdock root are often used to help support liver and gallbladder health.  Incorporating food enzymes, fermented foods, leafy greens, and good quality sleep can help to improve the condition of the skin, and your overall 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.  I would recommend trying an elimination diet to rule out any allergies or intolerances and or consider a gentle cleanse.  Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can also improve digestive health.  I also suggest taking a good quality probiotic and digestive enzyme, as well as adding fermented foods, leafy greens, and anti-inflammatory foods to your diet.

The temples and brow line correlate to the kidneys.  Dehydration and/or overworked kidneys are to blame.  Low back pain typically goes hand-in-hand with these symptoms.
Try drinking more water and including superfoods such as kale, spinach, parsley, cabbage, 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, incorporate grapefruit, leafy greens, milk thistle into your diet 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).  Raw nuts, avocado, salmon, flax seeds, and chia seeds are all great options.  Breathing exercises are great for providing a cooling effect on the skin, helping it to retain it’s natural glow, improving the digestive process, and removing toxins from our system.

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 hyperpigmentation.  Common allergens like wheat, corn, and dairy could be the cause, try alkalizing your body by eating plenty of green vegetables and reducing acid-forming foods like alcohol, caffeine, and sugar.  I highly recommend adding green juice, apples, carrots, spirulina, and chlorella to your everyday eating habits as well as making the time to include breathing exercises.

The lower cheeks and nose get bossed around by the liver and stomach.  Wrinkles, breakouts, and skin rashes can usually be blamed on food intolerances and toxic buildup.  Eating a clean diet, adding in vegetable juice/ green smoothies, and fermented foods will help to reduce the breakouts in these areas.  I also suggest integrating proper food combining to your daily regime, as this will help to efficiently assist in digestion.

The mouth region is 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 measure our 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 sign that our bodies are working to process the bad stuff.  Practicing self-love, getting lots of good quality sleep, a balanced diet, Pilates, yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation can all help to reduce the emotional and physical stress that interferes with your body’s natural healing process.

Skin mapping is a very specific technique, it all comes down to balancing your baseline health,  improving your immunity, determining food sensitivities, and discovering the approach that truly works for you.  No two people are the same, and every individual will require a different ritual for optimal health, both inside and out.  What worked for me was moving my body every day (Pilates, Yoga, rebounding, & hiking), drinking plenty of filtered water, green smoothies, and juices, along with eating a mostly plant-based diet to assist me with better digestion, blood sugar levels, more energy,  less inflammation, and better sleep.  Additionally, I switch my skincare routine over to my handcrafted cleansing oils and face balms,  I also started using organic chemical free makeup.  I have noticed extremely positive results since making these changes.

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