If you have ever contemplated why you always break out in the same area of your face, the art of face mapping may just help you to delve deeper. It is actually a fairly old Chinese medicine technique combined with today’s cutting edge dermatology that works together to connect spots on your face to other areas in your body. Essentially, your face is a map, and the acne is the big “X”. Different “X’s” on different areas correspond to other internal areas in the body. If you can address the underlying issue, you might be well on your way to solving your skin issues.

Zones 1 & 2: Digestive system
Breakout in this area can be due to eating too much rich or sugary food. Other culprits may be not enough sleep or high stress levels. Try watching what you eat and cutting back on sugar intake.

Zone 3: Liver
This area between your eyes can be indicative of a need to reduce alcohol, dairy or fatty food intake, as these items are hard for the liver to process. It can also be helpful to make sure to get at least 30 minutes of activity per day.

Zones 4 & 5: Kidneys
If you are getting dark, baggy or puffy skin, this could be related to some kind of stressor or lack of sleep, so make sure to get your eight hours, and drink plenty of water. Coffee, alcohol and carbonated beverages all dehydrate the body, so try and cut back on them if possible.

Zone 6: Heart
Breakouts on this part of your face could be due to high blood pressure, poor diet or possibly constipation. If you have broken capillaries on your nose, it may be a sign of congestion in your internal organs. Cut back on animal fats and proteins, and try incorporating good fats such as avocado.

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Zones 7 & 8: Gall bladder/Kidneys
This spot near the ears could be related to the way your body processes fats and oils. The ears are a very sensitive area and relate to the kidneys. If they are feeling hot, it could be an indicator of high stress levels. Drink a lot of water, and cutback on caffeine and alcoholic beverages.

Zones 9 & 10: Respiratory System
The cheek area is linked to the lungs, so you may find you breakout on your cheeks if you are a smoker. Smoking also reduces the amount of collagen in the skin, which leads to wrinkles. Breakouts could also happen here due to cell phone use or sleeping on your side.

Zones 11 & 12: Hormones
Many women break out on the chin and along the jawline, and these areas are related to stress and hormone levels.

Zone 13: Stomach
Breaking out in this area could be the result of eating too much greasy or heavy food. You can try eating more fibre in your diet, as well as upping your intake of fruit and vegetables.

Zone 14: Stress
Oftentimes, breakouts on the neck are caused by high levels of stress. You can try some methods that may reduce that stress including yoga, meditation or journaling.

Keep in mind none of this takes the place of advice from a doctor or dermatologist. These zones will not be true for everybody, as there are many different factors that can cause skin issues. The best start is to always make sure you are leading a healthy lifestyle: exercise, healthy eating and drinking plenty of water.