Acne Face Mapping: What Your Skin is Telling You


For as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from various degrees of breakouts and cystic acne.  While going through some old photo albums this past spring, I realized that during my teens and 20s, my acne was really quite bad!  Acne face mapping was a new concept I discovered that has really changed my life.  Over the past few months, I have finally figured out what to do to prevent my most severe breakouts.

Life With Acne

My skin was always pretty bad but at least it was tolerable.  However, when I quit taking birth control pills about 4 years ago, I suddenly started breaking out in places I never had before.  I was riddled with cystic acne that hadn’t ever hit me previously.  It got so bad that I was embarrassed to leave the house for months.

I know how blemishes and bright red, angry bumps can leave you feeling depressed, embarrassed, frustrated and lonely.

What You Put Into Your Body Matters

Clearing up my skin has always been my #1 health goal and I have tried EVERYTHING to make this happen.  Lotions, acids, peels, Proactiv, antibiotics, no dairy, no chocolate, no fried foods, you name it.  It’s been a battle that I have fought for so much of my life – but I never gave up.

And I am so glad that I didn’t!

Why? Because I have spent the last 6-8 months enjoying pretty clear skin.  Sure, it’s not perfect but I can stop an impending breakout in its tracks before it gets out of control.

I know my ‘triggers’, those foods or activities that ALWAYS seem to cause a breakout.  And I can manage those awful hormonal breakouts that used to pop up (no pun intended) every month!

Acne Face Mapping

If you are suffering (and I know this suffering) from skin issues, I’m here to give you a little bit of help.  Did you know that WHERE you break out is tied to an imbalance or problem with specific organs or body systems?

Acne face mapping is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that identifies the body systems in distress that cause skin breakouts.  My ‘aha’ moment for clear skin came when I found out about acne face mapping.  Knowing WHAT was going on inside of me made it so much easier to address my skin problems.

I’m sure you know that there are foods to avoid (aka dairy, fried crap, gluten) and foods to enjoy (aka greens, berries, water) in order to get clear, glowing skin.  Food is a HUGE factor in the condition of your skin…but you also need a healthy, functioning body that’s able to use the nutrients.

Clearing up your skin can be a long, painful struggle.  But, it can happen so much faster using acne face mapping as your starting point. Where you break out can be a very good indication of what body systems are under duress.

Acne Face Mapping:  Forehead

Breakouts on your forehead are primarily related to toxins such as sugar or alcohol. Acne face mapping of breakouts on your forehead really means that your liver is sluggish and any additional stress on it (i.e. eating too much cake, drinking too much wine) will push it past its threshold.

Since your skin is also an elimination organ, if your liver isn’t up to par, your skin can end up taking the load.

Acne Face Mapping: Cheeks and Nose

Acne face mapping shows us that skin issues on the cheeks and nose indicate an allergic reaction.

Pro-inflammatory foods, such as dairy, red meat or sugar, can cause breakouts on the cheeks.  Food intolerances that you never even knew you had tend to manifest here too!

Many times, this relates to a leaky gut and an overburdened liver.  Acne face mapping patterns on the cheeks and nose related to food intolerances could take hours to days to show up.  That’s why it’s important to keep track of your diet and your breakouts to see if patterns emerge.

Acne Face Mapping:  Chin, Chest and Back

Oh, these are the WORST!  Hormonal imbalances show up on the chin, chest and back in the acne face mapping technique.  Often these breakouts are the embarrassing cystic acne, too.

While these breakouts are very annoying, they can be addressed easily with the right foods.  Acne face mapping techniques show us that your liver is sluggish in its ability to detoxify excess hormones, especially estrogen.

Patterns Emerge Over Time

Do you see the pattern yet?  Sure, specific conditions show up on your face in different places but the underlying cause of most of the breakouts is a sluggish liver.

Your liver is responsible for over 500 different functions from detoxification of alcohol and caffeine to breakdown of excess hormones.  Essentially, your body transports everything to your liver for cleansing before circulating throughout the rest of the body; this is a protective mechanism so when the liver can’t fully do its job, the rest of your body is affected.

Tips for Clear, Glowing Skin

Luckily, through many, many months of experimentation, I have figured out a few hacks to help keep my skin pretty clear with some additional liver support.  Here are just a few natural tips I suggest to help you out:

  1. Drink LOTS of water, at least 3 liters each day. Water helps to flush toxins out of cells and into the lymph for elimination.  It keeps a lot of these toxins from recirculating in the blood, where they are carried back to the liver.  Plus, water keeps cells plump and is needed to transport those important water-soluble vitamins to your skin.
  2. Squeeze the juice of half a fresh lemon into a glass of room temperature water and drink it as soon as you get up. This tip is great for those sugar-related forehead breakouts.  Do this daily for a gentle liver cleanse, or just try it for 2-3 days after a sugar, wine or sweets binge.
  3. Probiotics are an easy way to build up your healthy gut bacteria to prevent leaky gut, a problem highly associated with most food intolerances. You can take a probiotic supplement daily (away from food) or increase your fermented food consumption (think miso, sauerkraut, pickles, aged cheese, yogurt, kefir, or kombucha).
  4. Balance hormones and help detoxify excess estrogen by eating 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed each day. Or, refer to my seed cycling article to help combat other health issues associated with hormonal imbalances.
  5. Finally, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, each and every day. Eating a rainbow of fresh produce provides your liver with most of the nutrients it needs to keep up its detoxification processes; the fiber also helps absorb toxins from the intestinal tract and push them out through the stool.

Kick Start Clear Skin

Sometimes acne face mapping tells you that your body just needs a boost to get your organs functioning.

If you’re really struggling with bad acne, one of the easiest things to try is a 3 to 5-day liquid diet.  Smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, and homemade whole foods-based soups replenish depleted nutrients fast.  A liquid diet is easy to digest so, if this helps clear up your skin, you know that your digestion is in need of some work too.

Don’t forget to include whey and casein-free protein powders and raw, soaked nuts or natural nut butters. Your body requires both to make sure the nutrients are getting to where they need to be to promote healthy, glowing skin.

Using acne face mapping has helped me clear up my skin and keep it glowing.  If you’re interested in learning more about my favorite tips to keep the underlying body systems up to par, check out my 10 Secrets to Clear, Glowing and Beautiful Skin today.  These 10 secrets support your liver and keep your elimination organs clear from build-up.

Keep A Journal

Acne face mapping is an eye-opening technique to help combat skin issues.  But, you do need to pay attention to what you eat, when you break out, your cycle, and any environmental toxins you are exposed to daily.

One of the best things I did for my own skin was to toss out the commercial facial cleaners and moisturizers.  I replaced them with all-natural, toxin-free alternatives.  Within days, I experienced clear skin plus a nice, overall glow.  So, remember that food is very important but it does matter what you put on your skin, too!

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