Your skin is trying to talk to you, and if you pay close attention, you’ll notice it has a lot to say. Contemplate this: Do pimples consistently crop up in the exact same spot? “If something is happening in the body, it results in inflammation on the skin,” says facial therapist Noelle Simons, the educational manager at True Botanicals. More often than not, that means blemishes—but don’t rule out redness and dry patches either. By monitoring your skin’s signals using the ancient practice of face mapping, you can uncover the root cause of these imbalances.
What is face mapping?
Face mapping stems from Ayurveda and Chinese medicine and draws on the notion that we have pressure points and meridians that run through the face and body. Every meridian is linked to a different internal organ. Before the advent of MRIs and X-rays, doctors used this methodology to diagnose internal health problems, but it’s still as relevant today to identify the health or lifestyle factors that may be bringing on the breakouts and more.
Forehead & T-zone
Linked to: gallbladder and liver
The forehead is ruled by Vata, one of Ayurveda’s three doshas. It’s an air sign that represents restlessness and anxiety. (The other two doshas, or energies, are pitta and kapha.) “Dehydration, mental stress, and digestive issues typically manifest on the forehead and between the eyes,” says Simons. Cut down on processed food and those notorious moisture-sappers: caffeine and alcohol. And add a clarifying treatment to your routine, like the Clear Pure Radiance Oil, which will balance the skin while moisturizing.
Linked to: stomach and heart
This area is governed by the Pitta dosha, known for its fiery nature. The nose is closely related to circulation (just think of how red hot your nose gets after eating Szechuan chicken or throwing back a few glasses of red wine). “Pitta has a hard time digesting pungent spices like garlic, cumin, or horseradish, and spicy ingredients,” says Simons, “which means more sensitivity for the skin.” Monitor your reaction to foods, and reach for a soothing skincare formula, like the Calm Nutrient Mist, to alleviate visible redness.
Under the eyes
Linked to: kidneys
Not surprisingly, this area is also Pitta. This is the first place you’ll notice puffiness, redness, and water retention from alcohol, salty food, allergies, or a sluggish circulation. Drink more water, and place cold compresses on top of your eyes—over a circulation-boosting treatment, like the Deep Repair Eye Serum.
Linked to: lungs
With its Ayurvedic connection to the body’s respiratory system, environmental pollution like smoke, smog, and recycled air, bear some responsibility for blackheads and angry, inflamed blemishes in this area. But your cell phone may also be the culprit—and when was the last time you washed your pillowcase? Be mindful of hygiene habits and mindless gestures like resting your face in your hands. On the skincare front, slough away the clogged pores and buildup with a gentle exfoliator, like the Resurfacing Moisture Mask, twice a week.
Chin & Jaw
Linked to: hormones
Simons calls this area the “U-zone,” emphasizing its hormonal nature is triggered by menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or menopause. Kapha’s earthy nature is known for its sluggishness which makes these stubborn blemishes harder to treat. If they happen monthly, like clockwork, use the Clear Collection daily to support skin clarity.