The eyes never lie & the face tells all. Do you ever wonder whether those breakouts that somehow always pop on the exact same spot on your face? The skin is the biggest organ in our bodies. If something is affecting the skin, it might mean something internal is going on. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the face is the map which decodes its silent language. We’ve all experienced this in some way or another; non-verbal exchanges to others passing by, tired eyes exhibiting a sleepless night, & the basic idea of body language. We all know that the face is, in one way or another, a mirror to the outer world which showcases our inner realm.
If one part of the body is hurting, this problem may show up someplace else. This is the theory behind Chinese Face Mapping. If something is affecting the skin, it might mean something internal is going on. Afflictions to look for include, pimples, rashes, or change of skin color/tone. Any of this could signify an internal issue that needs to be worked on for the skin & the body to be at optimal health.
By looking at the skin condition & changes, we can see what imbalances are occurring in our bodies. In Chinese Medicine, there are many philosophies which break this idea down. They include the basic law of Yin & Yang, the Five Elements, the Organ Systems & the Meridian Channels. Face mapping looks at each part of the face that is linked to a certain part of the body; in general, red, pustular breakouts are indicative of Yang-type energy, & oily, whitehead or blackhead prone breakouts are indicative of Yin-type energy. Lines indicate a long-term imbalance or stress, while breakouts indicate a more short-term imbalance or stress. The unifying principle of these philosophies is that everything in the body is interconnected.
Face Mapping runs on the understanding that everything on the outside is a direct reflection of what is going on inside. If we consider the connections between our organs via meridian channels, & the fact that our bodies have a self-regulating system, it makes sense that what affects one organ affects another.
With all of this being said, let us take a look at how we can utilize this profound wisdom in everyday life to bring about balance & healing while improving physical beauty. Below are the specific areas of the face and their corresponding internal organ systems. I will also cover what negatively affects these areas, what each condition represents, & how to balance them.
Forehead – Small Intestine/Bladder:
If you break out a lot on your forehead, it probably has something to do with your digestive system. It could mean that you’re having a hard time breaking down certain foods or it may indicate liver problems, stress, or an irregular sleep schedule. Consider using bitter herbs or digestive enzymes before meals to help breakdown foods. If you think it could be your liver, try dandelion tea or drinking warm lemon water in the morning (I know a lot of people who swear by this).
Between The Brows – Liver:
Breakouts here are usually linked to eating unhealthy food. Another reason could be excessive alcohol consumption. If you wake up from a night out after consuming one too many alcoholic beverages, this could be an indicator. The liver is working too hard to remove toxins from what is being eaten, or the pollution you’re exposed to. It may be possible that you are eating too much meat or dairy (foods high on the food chain), or food sensitivity (allergic to). Eat less or no meat & dairy. Select healthy foods including lots of organic fruits & vegetables. Get plenty of fresh air, meditate, take fast walks, & practice yoga.
Eyebrow Arch – Kidneys
Dehydration affects the kidneys. There are some things that cause dehydration: smoking, alcohol, poor quality salt consumption & a lack of water intake. The kidney system is ruled by the water element; it manages all fluid within the body. It’s also responsible for our stress response – when the body is dehydrated from poor habits or high stress, it adversely affects the kidneys & shows up in the form of under-eye bags, dark circles, puffiness, or inflammatory issues around the eye brow ridge. Eat mineral rich foods, get good sleep & handle your emotional stress responses. Drink plenty of water, stay away from sweetened & caffeinated beverages, & alcohol. Also, make the salt switch: switch from table salt to sea salt (I love Himalayan pink salt).
Nose – Heart
Issues with the nose indicate problems with the heart. The left side of the nose corresponds to the left side of your heart, & vice versa. The whole area tells us a lot about the condition of the heart. Blackheads mean heart congestion, redness indicates blood sugar/blood pressure issues from excess alcohol, sugar & processed foods. Anger, grief, & stubbornness all damage the heart. You can help the heart by opening your heart emotionally, forgiving, & being understanding to others. Also, improve cholesterol levels by lowering sugar & refined carb intake & eat healthier cholesterol. You can lower inflammation with omega-3 fatty acid foods like anchovy, sardines & cod liver oil. Great herbs for the heart include Reishi, Pearl & White Peony. Try exercising, removing toxins with green tea & chlorella & keep blood pressure in check with cayenne, garlic, & reishi mushroom.
Cheeks – Lungs & Kidneys
Pollution, smoking, & asthma will damage this part of the skin. Poor food choices, & high stress may affect this area of the face also. Make healthier food choices & exercise. When the kidneys are involved, this indicates a deeper level of aging & stress. Nourish the kidneys (& lungs) with proper hydration: sea salt & pure water. Also, cucumber & other members of the melon family are kidney friendly (loaded with water). Try to keep some air-purifying plants in your home, & always make sure to properly cleanse your face with a good, natural cleanser to keep further breakouts from happening.
Mouth and Chin – Stomach
Eating too much fat & sweet food can cause problems in this area. This is also true of caffeine & alcohol consumption. Try to maintain a balanced diet & eat plenty of fruits & demulcent fiber (chia, marshmallow, slippery elm, aloe vera) to improve stomach health. When the cheeks are red, it is an indication that the stomach is experiencing inflammation. However, there are a few imbalances that can occur in this area. Most can be remedied by mastering the emotions & surprisingly by drinking enough fluid.
Jaw, Chin & Neck – Hormones
Consistently eating the wrong foods, being under artificial lights, always being disconnected from a skin-to-skin connection with Mother Earth, as well as eating hormone-injected meat & dairy along with not drinking enough water can disturb healthy hormone levels & balance. Get grounded (connect to the Earth with walks on the sand or in the grass). Enjoy connecting with the sunset the last 4 minutes of each day (I love the sky at this time) barefoot on stone, the grass or sand. Eat less food & more of the correct saturated fats (especially organic ghee to provide more good cholesterol production that is the precursor of our most important hormones). Avoid hormone contaminated meat & dairy products as well as chicken. Avoid artificial lighting as much as possible. Consider eating foods that help regulate your natural hormonal cycles.
The secret to true beauty comes from within: emotionally, mentally, physically & spiritually. There truly is no beauty treatment that compares to good health, a good heart & a clear mind. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
Till next time………..