Of course, the first thought would be that you are going through a phase of hormonal imbalance and that is true, however, it can be far more than just hormones especially if you never had any problems with your skin before. Enter the ancient science of Face Mapping, a concept brought to the West by Dermalogica.
Face Mapping is fast becoming the preferred method of approach of professional Dermalogica skin therapists and it combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine with dermatologists’ prescriptions to explain how the different zones (parts) of your face are linked to other areas of your body.
Spots in different zones correspond to different problems and using this face map as a guide, you can easily treat the blemishes and the underlying problem more effectively and quicker.
1 & 3: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food and step-up water intake.
2: Liver — Cut alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.
6 & 8: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!
7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Also, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your make-up is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.
10: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on fizzy drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.
5 & 9: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalising foods like green veggies and wheat-grass juice. Another thing most of us forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this is the area they affect the most!
11 & 13: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).
12: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.
So next time you notice dark circles or pimples, it could be a sign that your skin is trying to communicate on behalf of your organs, however, always consult a doctor or dermatologist for a proper diagnosis.