Why do we get breakouts in different sections (Foreheads, chins, hairline) – what do different areas mean? How can we prevent and treat them? I asked my skincare guru, Rebecca Treston from Euromed…
One of the most common problems I treat at the clinic is adult acne. We fully expect to gets acne during adolescence, but unfortunately for many of us, spots continue to haunt us in our 20s, 30s and for some, even in middle age.
But did you know that where spots are located on your face and the type of spot you have, can give you an insight into what is going on in your body and help you discover what the root cause of the acne may be? And it follows that if you know the root cause, you can treat your acne more effectively.
Face mapping is part of the ancient art of Chinese Medicine, which believes that different parts of your face correspond to specific organs and body systems. The ancient art of face mapping can help you identify the cause of your blemishes by splitting the face into several sections such as forehead, chin and nose and understanding the different ‘zones’. The Chinese believed there were 14 zones and by treating each zone in isolation from the others, you could attain perfect skin.
Although many modern aestheticians and dermatologists are not Chinese Medicine practitioners, they all agree that there is a basis for the belief and that every part of your face does tell a story!
The Forehead: Breakouts across this area are usually down to high amounts of fat within your diet so it may be time to cut out the chocolate and cookies and cleanse your diet with antioxidant-rich green tea and up your water intake.
The Ears and Eyes: Spots close to your ear and even dark circles around the eyes can be caused by dehydration so keep well hydrated throughout the day by drinking, at least, eight glasses of water a day and avoiding coffee, tea and salt whenever possible.
Tip of your nose: This area is skin is full of dilated pores so make sure your make-up brushes and anything that you bring close to your face are kept clean.
Cheeks: If you’re a smoker you may find that you are more prone to acne along the tops of your cheeks. However, like most people, increasing your exposure to fresh air with long and regular walks can really help detoxify this area.
Lower part of the face: For many women, this zone is a key indicator of stress and hormonal imbalances particularly around a certain time of the month. While there is little to do that can prevent these changes, eating clean with plenty of exercise will optimise your glowing complexion.
Chin: If your diet has been loaded with rich and heavy foods then consider a detox or adding more fibre to your diet and exercise to routine to help with digestion.
Neck: Spots here can indicate that your body is trying to fight off bacteria. Take it easy if you begin feeling unwell and drink plenty of water to give your body some time to relax.
Remember in addition to drinking plenty of water, eating healthily and using a professionally-recommended skincare regime, there is also a wide variety of facial treatments that you can have to minimise breakouts and keep your skin looking at its best, including skin peels and the brilliant Viora Pristine, which use diamond tips to deliver a thorough skin exfoliation, without causing irritation – perfect for those who have sensitized skin!