Acne Face Map: What Are Your Breakouts Telling You?

Thanks to our friends at Eminence Organic Skin Care of Hungary for sharing these helpful skin care tips! Breakouts are a bummer. We all know the feeling (shock, despair, even awe) of spotting an angry zit on an otherwise flawless complexion. Before you raise your fists to the sky and desperately demand “Why me?!” take a breath. There is more to breakouts than meets the eye – and where they appear on your face can be the key to stopping them for good. Here is your guide to using a face map to decode what your breakouts are telling you.

 

Forehead: Unhealthy Eating & Stress

In face mapping, your forehead is linked to your digestive and nervous systems, making it susceptible to diet- and stress-related breakouts.

Are pimples popping up on your forehead? Unhealthy eating and stress are probable offenders. In face mapping, your forehead is linked to your digestive and nervous systems, making it susceptible to diet- and stress-related breakouts.

Those pesky pimples can be alleviated by eating less sugar and fewer processed foods, drinking plenty of water and getting between seven to nine hours of sleep.

Hairline: Beauty Product Buildup

Known as “pomade acne,” breakouts along the hairline are often due to beauty product buildup. The oils and chemicals in shampoo and makeup residue can accumulate on the skin’s surface, sinking into and clogging pores.

In addition to switching to natural shampoos and conditioners, we recommend adding a double cleanse to your skin care routine.

Cheeks: Cell Phone & Pillowcase

Your phone accumulates plenty of bad-for-your-skin bacteria during the day, and wiping it down is a must – even if it looks clean.

If spots are showing up on your cheeks, your cell phone and pillowcase may be to blame. Your phone accumulates plenty of bad-for-your-skin bacteria during the day, and wiping it down is a must – even if it looks clean.

Dr. David E. Bank says: Pillowcases can cause “acne mechanica” – a type of acne that is the result of materials touching your face. Over time, dirt and oil transfer to your skin, clogging pores and causing blemishes. In addition to choosing natural fabrics, launder pillowcases every two to three days to keep them – and your skin – clean.

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Chin & Jaw: Hormones

According to face mapping, hormones could be the cause of blemishes along your chin and jawline. Hormonal acne is caused by an excess of hormones due to menstruation, pregnancy and increased androgen levels. These fluctuations result in inflammation, excessive oil production, clogged skin cells and bacteria production. While it tends to appear in the T-zone during puberty, hormonal acne typically forms along the chin and jawline in adults.

Health magazine suggests eliminating dairy and adding probiotics to your diet to calm inflammation and limit your intake of pimple-producing hormones.

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