Everything You Need to Know About Face Mapping

April 03, 2018 6 min read 0 Comments

face mapping for acne

By Kali Kushner
There's been quite a lot of buzz around face mapping. So what is face mapping? Face mapping is the theory that depending on the area of your face where you're experiencing blemishes, you can determine the root cause of your acne. But is it really as simple as "x" marks the spot? It all depends on what type of medicinal theory you believe in.

It’s a battle over eastern and western medicine, with Chinese practioners believing there's great power in face mapping and most American doctors claiming it to be hogwash. I think both portray good arguments, but personally I do agree there is a bit of truth behind it and here's why.

Where Does Face Mapping Come From?

Traditional Chinese face mapping is an ancient technique used to heal your skin and body. Depending on the location of your pimple, it can give you a deeper look into what's going on in your system. Your acne could be related to digestive, hormonal, heart, liver, or lung issues. Though it sounds sort of crazy and mysterious, there is the truth that our exterior body is connected to our internal body. In a way our face can be considered a mirror that shows off what's going on inside of us.

Tired from the night before? You'll probably have bags under your eyes. Traditional Chinese medicine understands that our bodies are complex, with everything affecting one another, from the inside out.

If one thing is off balance, you may experience a sort of domino effect and see the physical results show up somewhere else. There is belief in onebasic principle: everything in the body is interconnected. They use several differentphilosophies to support this idea includingYin and Yang,the Five Elements, and theMeridian Channels. These concepts are what western medicine usually fails to understand, telling us diet, stress, or hormonesaren't connected to our skin, health, and overall wellbeing.


Does Face Mapping Work for Acne?


As we all are well aware, there's a million causes for acne and these face charts are more of a general guideline, it's not a one size fits all approach.If you're using the wrong makeup or skincare that doesn't fit the chemistry of your skin, using irritating body products, or living in a polluted climate, those could be huge external causations other than the internal reasons listed on face charts. I've found it to be a combination between the two, what you're putting on your skin is equally as important as what goes into your body.

That being said, I think they're on to some pretty interesting stuff when it comes to the skin being a window into the body. For example, I breakout on my cheeks and most of the causes listed are cell phones, pillow cases, low nutrient absorption, and lung issues. I can totally pin point my breakouts and relate to the cause. For me it's my cheeks, and a low absorption of nutrients I assume.

I have experienced some slight IBS problems over the past few years where when I have to go,I have to go; and let me tell you I have to go a lot. When you're going that frequently your body doesn’t have enough time to properly digest food, leaving you deficient in micronutrients. Luckily, supplementing probiotics, bone broth, more greens, and digestive enzymes has really helped this problem (and in turn helped my skin).


Face Map of Acne

Let's take a closer look at the specific regions of the face and what they're trying to tell you aboutwhat's going on inside your body!  


Acne On Forehead

  • Bladder and Intestines
  • Digestion
  • Gut health
  • Poor diet
  • Small intestine issues
  • Toxin Build up
  • Irregular sleep schedule
  • Stress/worry
  • "Pomade" acne- from haircare products or bangs


Acne on the forehead is a huge sign of an imbalance in your digestion system. Try cleaning up your diet, adding more greens, doing a detox juice cleanse, and make sure you're going to the bathroom regularly! If you feel like your gut health is to blame try implementing probiotics, drinking kombucha, and supplementing with digestive enzymes. Make sureyou're also getting enough sleep and not stressing out, as these two things can also trigger poor gut health.


Acne Between the brows

  • Liver and Stomach
  • Food allergies
  • Fatty Foods
  • Liver
  • Alcohol and smoking


Acne between the brows is said to be connected to your liver. If you'recontinuously breaking out in this region try avoiding alcohol or smoking. It can also be due to a high fat or problematic diet (even goodfats). If you're seeing tiny irritation bumps you could be allergic to a food you're eating.


Acne On Ears and temples

  • Kidneys
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Excess oil production
  • Poor lymphatic circulation


Acne on the temples canoccur for several different reasons butits mainly said to be due to a poorlymphatic system. Make sure you are draining your lymphatic system regularly by drinking water,exercising, and giving yourself lymphatic draining massages!


Acne Under the eyes

  • Kidneys, Liver, Digestion
  • Lack of sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Rubbing your eyes
  • Not properly removing makeup


Whileit's important to keep your hands off your face, this is especially true when it comes to the eye area. Constantly rubbing your eyes, as well as lack of sleep which is probably the reasonyoure rubbing your eyes, are significant reasons for acne under the eyes. Make sure that you're getting plenty of sleep, drinking enough water, and removing your eye makeup completely every night!


Acne On Nose

  • Heart
  • Blood pressure
  • Poor circulation
  • Constipation/Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Salt intake


Surprisingly, the nose is thought to be connected to the heart. This doesn’tnecessarily mean you have heart issues but it could be a sign of poor circulation as well as high or low blood pressure. Acne on the nose could also be related to indigestion or constipated, again try taking digestive enzymes and see if this helps your body properly break down and absorb food!


Acne By Mouth

  • Hormones and Intestines
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Ovulation
  • Reproductive Organs
  • Irregular Bowels (constipation)
  • Spicy or hot food


Acne around the mouth is very connected to hormonal imbalances so try to eat naturally hormone balancing foods like coconut oil andavocado. You can also add certain adaptogens likemaca orashwagandha to help resolve this issue! Try laying off the spicy or hot foods, as these can actually raise the temperature around your mouth and create a breeding ground for bacteria. Instead try more cooling foods like cucumber, broccoli, or zucchini.


Acne On Cheeks

  • Liver, Lungs and resporitory system
  • Right Cheek
  • Allergies
  • Stomach Problems
  • Too much Sugar
  • Stress
  • Dirty cell phone or pillow case


Right cheek primarily has to do with external and internal allergies. Take a look at your skincare products and make sure youaren't using any irritating chemicals. With your diet look out for sugar, gluten, corn, and dairy as these are the main food groups that present the most common allergies. And of course, make sure to wash your pillow case and keep your cell phone clean.



Left Cheek

  • Overeating
  • Malabsorption of nutrients
  • Stress
  • Stomach Problems
  • Poor air quality/ pollution


The left cheek has mainly to do with the stomach. If you have stomach problems, hold your stress in your stomach, or are overeating you may experience acne flare upshere. The left cheek is connected to gut health and amalabsoption of nutrients so make sure you supplement with probiotics, digestive enzymes, collagen, and fiber. You can even add L-glutamine into your supplementregimine if you feel the malabsorption of nutrients is due to a leaky gut!Poor air quality can be an underlying factor as well so try to implement an air filter into your home to deal with excess pollution or dust, especially if you have pets!


Chin and Jawline

  • Stomach, Kidney, and Reproductive Organs
  • Greasy food
  • Dehydration
  • Hormones


The chin and jawlineis most notoriously known for hormonal acne. Although that pimple around that time of the month might be unavoidable, try supporting your system with chaste tea ormaca. As usual, be sure to drinkplentyof water and avoid overly greasy food.


In Conclusion Does Face Mapping Acne Work?


Thesearen'tdefinite answers but should be seen more as guidelines. If you experience acne on your left cheek,tryworking on your digestive health, ifit'saroundyour mouthavoid spicy food and see what happens! Face mapping is a great technique to learn more about yourbody's overall inner workings and how that translates directly to your skin.


If you liked this article you can also watch my Ultimate Guide on Face Mapping for Acne video here: