Can Acne Face Mapping Reveal the True Cause of Your Breakouts?
Ever wonder why blackheads tend to form on your nose and your chin breaks out with cystic bumps every month? The ancient technique of face mapping could help explain why.
Long before there were X-rays, MRIs and other modern ways of “seeing” inside the body, face mapping was used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda to assess the health of internal organs from the outside.
Areas of the face, like the cheeks, forehead and chin, are believed to correspond to organs in the body, explains Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “The idea is that the skin could be used to map out sources below the surface that require medical attention,” she says. “For example, if you had blemishes on your forehead, perhaps a problem with the small intestine was to blame.”
While Western medicine doesn’t incorporate face mapping, Dr. Nazarian says your complexion can offer clues about what’s going on inside your body. Breakouts on the chin and jawline are often linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Dr. Nazarian says.
Source: Prevention – Can Acne Face Mapping Reveal the True Cause of Your Breakouts? By, Diana McKeon Charkalis