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January 09, 2020 5 min read

It’s been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, but in my book, the face tells you a LOT more about what’s going on inside the body. Spots, red blotches, dry patches and itchy skin may be visibly annoying, but there’s something internally that’s equally as bothered.

Instead of exacerbating the problem (e.g. product application, dietary choices and environmental factors), it may be time to pay closer attention to these pesky areas. These areas may be indicating a larger problem that needs correcting from the inside out. 

Where do breakouts and skin issues come from?

The skin is the largest organ on the body, and there are many ways it can reveal that it’s in distress. If something isn’t right, your skin is not afraid to tell you. 

The body may show its imbalances via random breakouts, dry patches, redness, oily skin, or flaky, cracked and painful skin. Skin tends to flare up when there is an internal issue. 

People, and their skin, react differently, so it’s important to listen and watch your body specifically. 

For some of our team, a weekend binging on Netflix, accompanied by copious amounts of junk food, results in days of unwanted problematic spots. Of course, such down time is necessary. However, that binge of Netflix and junk sometimes is exchanged for a dull, lacklustre complexion and an unsightly pimple or two. 

When the body isn’t happy on the inside and feels out of balance, it tends to show us. It’s whatAyurveda has been telling us for thousands of years. 

Can the skin really reveal our inner health?

In the ancient practice of Ayurveda, moving our awareness to the skin could bring to light the inner elements of our mind, body and soul, and ultimately, our health and wellness. Using a concept calledface mapping, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine view the face as an indication of issues stemming from other parts of the body. 

Examining an acne breakout on a specific part of the face reflects a specific inner organ or part of the body, according to face mapping. By identifying which part of the body corresponds to a facial problem spot, we can begin to understand what might require attention, including what dietary and lifestyle changes might help. 

Thousands of years ago, doctors would look to diagnose conditions by what they could see and feel, and the symptoms the patient presented. This holistic approach views the body, and its systems (e.g. immune system, lymphatic system, digestive system, etc.) as interconnected, which helps to identify how one ailment might feed the next. 

How can we use face mapping to our advantage?

Though enhancements in medicine and technology have made it easier to diagnose and treat internal conditions,the practice of face mapping in Ayurvedic medicine is still a hugely beneficial method for keeping track of your body’s internal and external needs on a day-to-day basis. 

As a guide, you can use the below diagram as a basis forunderstanding face mapping. Take a look at the number that corresponds to your skin breakouts, and discover what that may mean for your inner health. 

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1. Brow line breakouts

The area above the brow line tends to be connected to the gallbladder and liver. With this kind of breakout, it is advised to cut back on processed food and reduce fat. Instead, introduce some helpful nutrients from fruits and veg. 

If acne travels as far as your hairline, check out your hair care products that may be irritating the skin. Switch up your shampoo or daily products, and wash your face post workouts, to see what helps. 

2. Middle of your brows

This is a small, but problematic, area for a lot of people, and can indicate a need for less toxins (e.g. smoking or alcohol). Breakouts between the brows may also suggest an excess of dairy or sugar in your diet. Cut down on rich foods, and stave off the midnight fridge-raid.

3. On the nose

The nose is thought to be linked to the lungs and heart, and breakouts in this area could indicate too much meat, salt, and even spicy food. If you’re dealing with a spotty snout, increase your intake of fruit, vegetables and nuts, foods that are all high in good fats like omega-3 and omega-6. The nose is also a red flag for lack of vitamin B. A simple supplement may help ward off nose buggers.

4. The left cheek

The left cheek is said to be connected to your liver, and the theory suggests that since the liver is weakest from 1 to 5 PM in the afternoon, it’s best to avoid stressful and strenuous work during those hours. This is every reason you need to justify adult nap time. Whether naps are possible or not, take a load off your shoulder to help out your liver by eating more water-filled foods like cucumber and watermelon.

5. The right cheek

The left relates to the liver, and the right cheek relates to the lungs. If you are tackling right cheek acne, take the opportunity to explore breathing exercises. Inhalation and exhalation will strengthen your lungs, and will also feed into your wellness regime. 

The right cheek may also indicate too much sugar.  Cut back on junk food, sweets and sugary alcohol like wine and WKD’s to see the benefits (your dentist will also thank you)! 

With cheek acne, in general, consider changing your pillowcase more often - once a week, at least - to avoid oil build-up. Also, remember to regularly clean your phone screen, which tends to collect and spread acne-causing bacteria. Theaverage person touches their face about 15 times every hour, so it’s easy to transfer this bacteria.

6. Mouth and lips

Acne around the mouth is a pain, and if you tend to get breakouts in this area, your diet probably needs an overhaul. This area is connected to the digestive system, including the intestines. It is recommended to avoid fried foods, and increase fiber intake, fruits, and veggies to combat mouth acne. 

7. Chin area

The chin is a troublesome area for many of us, which usually reflects unbalanced hormone levels. Stress can also play a huge part in this. Take note of chin acne during your time of month and also reduce stress wherever possible. Work with your doctor to manage your hormone levels to control china acne. Meanwhile, omega-3 is a recommended supplement to soothe these particular breakouts. 

What isyourskin telling you?

When you’re skin is acting up, it may be time to take a closer look at your diet. Give yourself a nutritional boost. Use products that can assist your skin health from the outside, too. 

As part of a broader skincare routine, try incorporating an antioxidant-rich, plant-based product like ourDaily Protect Serum into your day. The combination of plant properties derived from cucumber, chia seed and sweet almond (all found in theDaily Protect Serum), for example, will feed your face the necessary nutrition it needs. 

A healthy diet (for me that is vegan and gluten free) and a proactive skin care regime has been a game-changer for my breakouts. 

I’d love to know which skin areas are an issue for you! When you try the above recommended solutions, let me know over on Instagram@ohanacbd

Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

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