If you’re like most people, you at least occasionally suffer from acne breakouts, dry skin, redness, and signs of uneven skin tone. In this case, you are probably wondering about the underlying causes of these skin problems in hopes of finding a way to get rid of them for good. One avenue to explore is face mapping, a thousands of years old theory rooted in ancient Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.
Practitioners who still use facial mapping techniques today explain that the underlying principle is that where conditions like acne or redness appear on your face is representative of what is happening elsewhere in your face. your body, especially in major organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart.
What is face mapping?
Face mapping is an ancient medicinal technique that involves making connections between problems affecting a person’s face and their overall health.
Some experts, including some dermatologists, consider face mapping to be an approach that combines elements of Eastern and Western medical philosophies. Indeed, it takes into account the different causes of skin and face problems, such as allergies, diet, stress, hormones, genetics, age, personality type and body constitution (also called doshas). Face mapping for acne is one of the most popular applications of this theory. The idea is that acne breakouts that repeatedly develop in certain areas of the face, such as the chin or forehead, have specific causes. Face mapping can also be used to help with issues such as redness, rashes due to food allergies, wrinkles, puffiness and fine lines.
Face maps can differ somewhat depending on where they come from, but most divide the face into at least 10 different areas.
Here is a basic face mapping chart that can be used to help indicate the underlying causes of skin problems:
– Spots on the forehead: affected by the small intestine and bladder can be linked to unmanaged stress, poor digestion and lack of sleep.
– Pimples between/on the eyebrows or the nose area: they would be the sign of an imbalance in the kidneys, stomach, bladder or spleen. When acne develops near the nostrils, it can also be linked to bowel problems and inflammation of the small intestine.
– Lines/wrinkles between the eyebrows on the right side may indicate that you are suppressing emotions such as anger. It may be linked to poor liver function and require acts of forgiveness, according to traditional Chinese medicine.
– Lines/wrinkles on the left side of your eyes: may represent problems with liver and spleen function.
– Chips or lines above the eyebrows: represents a problem with heart function
– Bags under the eyes: they are said to be linked to poor kidney function
– Acne on the chin, around the mouth and on the jaw: would be due to an imbalance of the reproductive system, as well as the large intestine or colon and the stomach. When acne forms under the lips and lower chin, it can mean that the entire digestive system is not working properly, including the spleen and kidneys.
– Red cheeks: can be linked to dysfunction of the stomach, liver and lungs, can also indicate an immune response, respiratory problems or allergies.
– Red nose: can indicate heart-related problems, such as high blood pressure and inflammation.
– Irritation in the neck: may be representative of stress that affects the immune system
What the science says
Is face mapping a real solution for treating conditions such as rashes and acne? Overall, scientific evidence is lacking to show that Ayurvedic and Chinese facial mapping is accurate and useful for most people. However, some research shows that certain types of skin conditions on the face that tend to show up in particular areas, such as acne or redness on the chin or cheeks, can be indicative of issues such as hormonal issues. , stress or immune reactions.
A 2019 study also states that “distinct regional differences in transepidermal water loss (TEWL), capacitance, blood flow, sebum, pH, and temperature are demonstrated in facial skin,” meaning that certain parts of the face can be impacted by certain lifestyle changes.
Modern dermatological science suggests that the root causes of most skin conditions that manifest on the face are:
– Hormonal imbalances, such as high levels of androgen hormones like testosterone.
– high levels of stress
– high sebum production, especially in the “T-zone”, which includes the forehead, nose and chin
– poor sleeping habits
– Poor hygiene that allows oils, sweat, dead skin cells and bacteria to build up.
– Poor gut health, including a lack of healthy probiotic bacteria.
– Allergies and immune reactions
– Irritation/reactions to make-up, skin care products and hair products.
– sun exposure
– Poor blood circulation
– Underlying diseases such as diabetes or heart disease
– Environmental exposure to irritants
Facial mapping treatment protocols can also treat many of the causes listed above.
Most dermatologists advise that before turning to facial mapping, start with the basics: cleanse your face regularly with gentle and appropriate products, use sunscreen if you go out in the sun, treat any existing skin infections and eliminate any known allergens from your diet and lifestyle. If you already have good hygiene and a balanced diet but your symptoms persist, you may consider seeing a consultant who specializes in face mapping for further help.
In summary, what does science say about facial mapping?
It’s not backed by strong evidence, but it’s also not considered risky, making it an option you can consider if other treatments haven’t worked well.
Shiang: a 3000 year old practice
Chinese “face reading”, also known as mien shiang, is a practice that is at least 3,000 years old.
Like other traditional Chinese medicine practices, such as acupuncture, face reading is based on energy channels that flow through the body along specific meridians. When a person’s life energy, or Qi, is disturbed, it is believed to manifest on the face in the form of rashes, bumps, redness, and other issues.
In TCM, dysfunction of the digestive organs (mainly the liver, kidneys, stomach, spleen and intestines) is responsible for many problems that develop on the skin. For example, poor liver health would represent a decrease in detoxification and, therefore, an increase in facial inflammation, redness and rashes.
Other factors that TCM takes into account to improve skin health include poor diet, lack of sleep, high stress levels, emotional anger, and taking medication.
Here are some of the most common recommendations made from face readings:
– avoid irritation caused by perfumes and skin and hair care products
– Remove makeup and cosmetics that clog pores.
– Prevent sun damage
– Stay hydrated
– Solve the problem of stress
– Adopt a balanced diet
– Treat food allergies
– Avoid bacteria due to contact with cell phones and dirty pillowcases.
What does face mapping mean and how does it work? This is an old theory (but not a scientifically proven process) based on the belief that symptoms that affect the face are indicative of deeper health issues. One of the most popular apps is acne facial mapping. While facial mapping differs by origin, most practitioners believe that acne on the forehead represents a kidney or digestive problem, while acne on the chin and jaw indicate bowel and colon dysfunction. as well as hormonal imbalances and high stress levels.
Chinese face mapping (or face reading) is based on the idea that poor functioning of the liver, kidneys, stomach, spleen and intestines are responsible for many skin problems, as it disrupts circulation energy in the body.