For those of you who do a good job of maintaining a morning and night skin cleansing routine, but still get the occasional breakouts…this post is for you!
This may be TMI but that is happening to me right now. I have a strict skin regimine. It’s so strict in face I haven’t changed my facial cleanser brand in years. But every now and then I get an occasional breakout and not the monthly hormonal kind or the ‘I accidentally slept in my makeup’ kind. This one doesn’t seem to have a clear reason for appearing. Or so I thought…. Then I remembered my time working at an Aveda Salon where the esthetician was very helpful at teaching me tips and tricks. This one is a skin theory called face mapping and it is totally accurate – atleast for me/my skin. Based on this theory my current breakouts are a cause of my digestive system. I think this is 100% accurate because this past week we have eaten out (and bad) every night since we are keeping the kitchen clean while we show our house.
So take a look at where you are breaking out. Face mapping suggests the location of your acne could present clues about what’s causing it. A weakness or toxicity in a certain organ or gland in the body can result in acne showing up in certain areas of the skin. You can use this theory to do some detective work on your breakouts. Here’s some awesome research I found from AnnMarie Skincare:
Forehead: Pimples here are usually linked to the digestive system, and may indicate that you’re having a hard time breaking down certain foods. It may also indicate liver problems, stress, or an irregular sleep schedule. Try using bitter herbs or digestive enzymes like bromelain and papaya before each meal to help break down foods, and make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you suspect liver issues, try some dandelion tea or some extra garlic and onions. Drinking hot water with lemon in the morning may also help.
Between the brows: Did you have to break down and get fast food yesterday? Greasy, fatty foods may be connected to acne here. Stick with healthy choices as much as you can! Another possible cause—too much alcohol. If you find pimples here after a night out where you consumed a few drinks, that may be your issue.
Cheeks: If you spent time in the city, had to sit in traffic for hours, or otherwise came into contact with polluted air, that may explain pimples showing up here. And unfortunately, the air in our homes can be jusr as bad, or worse! Consider adding plants that clean the air to your home. Allergies that affect the respiratory system may also be to blame, or if you pressed your cell phone against your skin while talking, germs may have been transferred to your face. Always wash skin thoroughly before bed to try to get rid of trace contaminants. Sometimes, acne here can be a symptom of too much sugar in your diet—cut back for a few days and see if that helps.
Chin: Did these show up around that time of the month? Chin pimples often come around because of changes in your hormones. In the days before your period, try to pay extra attention to your skin care. Consider eating foods that help regulate our natural hormonal cycles. Also be sure you’re not resting your chin in your hands when bored or tired, as this can transfer oils from your fingers onto your chin, which can cause pimples.
I hope this helps! It is definitely going to kick my butt back in gear to eat right this week.