Face Mapping : What Does Your Acne Tells You About Health

face mapping

Face mapping is a technique developed by The International Dermal Institute for Dermalogica , where face is divided into zones and using Dermalogica Face Map as a guide , the therapist analyses your face and prescribes treatments according to your skin analysis.


Face mapping is based on the principle that your skin reflects the internal health, and that how certain parts of your face are connected to other internal areas of body. By the study of each skin zone, you can find out the root cause of your skin problems which not only helps in treating particular skin problem but also the cause of underlying health condition too.

face mapping forehead



Outbreaks on your forehead can be caused by a toxin build up, usually related to poor digestion and lack of water. Drinking water helps to flush out the toxins in your body, so boost your water intake and have a look at the foods you are eating.


Remember, you should be having at least 8 large glasses of water every day. Minimise your intake of fizzy drinks and high caffinated drinks. Also look at switching to herbal teas, especially green tea! Keep a food diary and see if you can pinpoint what food groups cause your skin to break out, for example if you consume a lot of dairy and breakout, you could have a form of lactose intolerance, affecting your digestion.

face mapping nose


What goes on, on your nose, is linked to your heart. A swollen and bulbous nose can be an indication of high blood pressure, so if you are someone who drinks many energy drinks throughout the day, cut back! (you should cut back on these anyway for your overall health) Eat slow energy releasing foods such as nuts and oats instead. To reduce your blood pressure eat less salt, more fruit and veg, maintain a healthy weight and active lifestyle, as well as reducing your alcohol intake.

That area above your nose,  between your eyes.

Any redness and flakiness of the skin in this area is linked to your liver. If you are someone who enjoys eating out a lot, then you will be consuming many rich ingredients used in the food. Try to avoid the likes of cheese, butter, cream and oils when ordering. Why not make eating in the new eating out? In addition, do not eat late at night! Studies have shown that the body’s metabolism starts to slow down into the evening, preparing for the nights rest. Try to avoid eating late at night; especially right before bedtime as your body will not break down the food as effectively, leading to a toxin build up. If you have regular meal times set, try to keep your evening meal before 9pm, though some say avoid eating after 7pm. Love your liver by maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, eating leafy greens, avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking, and reducing your fat intake.

Upper Cheek

Your upper cheek is linked to your lungs. If you have breakouts and broken capillaries in this area, this can be caused directly by smoking and passive smoking. The air you are breathing will show in this area of your face, so if, for example, you are living in a highly polluted area, you are more likely to break out in this area. However, if you sleep on the side of your face, or use your mobile phone on this side, the germs and dirt can be transferred and will clog your pores, causing breakouts. To prevent this, change your pillowcase at least once a week, and wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days. Foods great for healthier lungs include, kale, sprouts and pumpkin.

face map cheek

Lower Cheek

Breakouts on your lower cheek can be an indication of poor dental hygiene. If you have any infections in your mouth, especially involving your gums, this will show on the outside too. Always keep on top of your dental health, brushing, mouthwash and flossing twice a day and regular check ups at the dentist at least twice a year! Don’t just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment. Reduce fizzy drinks, sugary snacks, and check your getting enough calcium in your diet.


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