Face mapping, an archaic diagnostic tool, stems from ancient Chinese medicine.
It was believed that the face represented the fortune, health, and energy of a person
and that close examination of a person’s skin condition and facial shape, one could
discern their mental and emotional state.
These days, face mapping is a common practice among skin care aficionados striving
for the perfect complexion. However, face mapping is valuable for more than just
achieving flawless skin.
The face is divided into three primary zones – upper, middle, and lower. Any
malfunctions within the organs and/or the systems – immune, excretory, endocrine,
digestive, circulatory, nervous, and respiratory – will show up on the face in the form of
breakouts, redness, dryness, or irritation.
Initially, it was believed that if the energy of a person was optimal, their complexion
would be impeccable. Any weakness or affliction would be reflected by a change in their
skin’s colour, texture, and/or appearance.
Below are the different areas of the face that are examined during face mapping as well
as the corresponding concerns and corrective measures:
Forehead: Bladder and Intestines
The upper part of the forehead reflects the bladder and the lower part reflects the
intestines and digestion. Issues in this area could relate to constipation, irritable bowel
syndrome, and/or urinary tract infections.
To correct these issues, try things like changing your sleep cycle, increasing your water
intake, consuming less alcohol, and taking probiotics.
Ears and Temples: Kidneys
Dehydration, poor lymphatic circulation; when kidneys are involved, it indicates a deeper level of stress.
To correct these issues, avoid smoking, cut down on caffeinated beverages, decrease
your intake of processed foods, and drink plenty of water. Need help quitting smoking?
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Between the Eyebrows: Liver and Stomach
The results of a fatty liver, gallbladder problems, and/or dehydration can show up here.
Acne in this area can also be the result of eating too late at night. Flaking and dry skin
are linked to dehydration and overworked kidneys.
To correct these issues, increase your weekly physical activity, cut back on dairy, cut
down on alcohol consumption, and get plenty of fresh air.
Nose and Upper Cheek: Heart and Cardiovascular System
Acne and oiliness can be connected to the circulation, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Skin
conditions like rosacea tend to show up in this zone. Indoor and outdoor air pollution,
bad circulation, and high blood pressure can all wreak havoc on this area of the face.
To correct these issues, decrease your salt intake, have your vitamin B levels checked,
and massage the area around your nose to improve circulation. You should also ensure
you are undergoing regular physicals with your family doctor. Call one of our clinics to
make sure your annual check-ups are up to date!
Mouth and Lips: Endocrine System
Breakouts are associated with hormonal imbalances and issues. Menstrual problems or
increased stress levels will trigger the release of cortisol.
To correct these issues, eat more fibre, switch to an organic lip balm, and avoid fried
Chin and Jawline: Stomach, Kidneys, and Reproductive Organs
Breakouts in the middle of the chin are associated with the digestive system. Eating too
much fat and sweet food can cause problems in this area as well as excessive caffeine
and alcohol consumption.
To correct these issues, avoid processed sugars, get adequate rest, ensure you’re
exercising regularly, and avoid eating before bed.