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Mar 27, 2013

Face Mapping: What Your Skin Is Telling You

Before I get started, I want to let any of my readers know that what I am sharing is based upon research and only research. It was consistent information, however, which is why I thought it would be interesting to tell you all about.

Have you ever wondered why you always seem to break out in certain areas of your face? There's a reason, and it correlates with your health in other parts of your body.

Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet by eating less processed foods and reducing the amount of fat in your diet. Also, increase you water intake (whether it be drinking another glass each day or eating water-based and cooling foods like cucumbers). 

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food, greasy food and dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.  

Zone 4 & 10, 6 & 8: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol. In general, anything around the eyes (including dark circles) points to dehydration. 

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here. If those don't seem to be the problem for you, try avoiding acidic foods (sugar, caffeine, dairy, alcohol, meat, tomatoes, citrus fruits, etc) and eating more alkaline foods (green vegetables, some fruits, healthy/organic grains). Lastly, dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two culprits in this area especially! 

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure, Vitamin B levels and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin (check ingredients and expiration date). Decrease the intake of spicy foods, cut back on red meat and look into ways to lower cholesterol. Replacing "bad fats" with "good fats" such as Omega 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. 

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet or drinking herbal teas to help with digestion. 

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Ladies, this one's for you! Stress and hormonal changes cause breakouts in this area, especially around that time of the month. I have found this to definitely be true for me, so I know not to freak out because it'll go away soon (if properly treated, of course). Try drinking more water and having a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side). 

Zone 14: Illness — Breakouts on your neck can be a sign that your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather (a nap or yoga/meditation) and drink plenty of water. 

You may have notice many repetitive elements to healing the skin that you should incorporate into your daily life if you don't already. They are:
  • Drink lots of water! It's the best thing you can do for every part of your body.
  • Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Exercise as well as yoga/meditation
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, vitamin or antioxidant-enriched foods and those with omega-3/6's
  • Avoid sugar, acidic, fatty/processed foods, alcohol, smoking, and sometimes dairy
  • Maintain good hygiene! Wash your face every morning and night, and be sure to completely remove any makeup. 
I hope this helps answer some of your questions as to WHY you start breaking out in certain areas of your face and to find ways how to prevent it.

xx, Ariana


  1. This explains SO MUCH. What a helpful post, I'm so glad you shared this! Dang me and my poor diet! I've bookmarked this :) xx

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

    1. Haha yay I'm so glad you found it interesting and useful as much as I did! :)

  2. Wow, I hardly EVER break out - but when I do it's always on my lower forehead and nose. I guess I should check my heart and stop drinking so much lol. :) Thanks for this great read!

    1. Haha it's worth a try! Interesting right? It explains so much lol. Hope all is well! :)