What’s that pimple doing there?

I used to manage this blog many years ago, at the time it was called We’re With Her. When I started blogging again I archived all my old posts, looking to start a fresh. Now that I have been up and running for awhile, I have decided each week I’m going to bring you a (slightly edited) blog post from the archives. So please enjoy this post, which was originally made on June 12, 2014 — what’s that pimple doing there?

In recent years, I’ve become fascinated with the Eastern tradition of face mapping. What is face mapping you ask? It is the idea that there’s a correlation between your internal organs and different zones of your face.

When you consider the fact your skin is the largest organ in your body, the idea of face mapping makes a lot of sense. Educating yourself on it, can help you understand the cause of breakouts and begin to find the remedies which will clear them up. While some causes can’t be avoided there are some diet and lifestyle changes that can help to clear up your skin.

There are so many different factors that can cause pesky pimples and it can be hard to know where to start. Lucky for us Dennille Ludenau, National Corporate Training Manager for Dermalogica, knows skin from the inside out and is here to explain how the position of breakouts on the face can be a big clue towards the cause.

Breakouts on the forehead

“The forehead is linked to digestion and the bladder, so breakouts in this area can be a sign of improper diet, food intolerances, insufficient water and bladder infection,” explains Dennille. “Comedogenic ingredients in hair care products (such as shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and dry shampoo) can also contribute to forehead breakouts.”

Breakouts above the brow line

“Breakouts in the eyebrow and around this area can be caused by improper removal of make-up or a lack of exfoliation, which leads to a build-up of dead skin cells,” says Dennille. “Breakouts in this area can also be a sign of adrenal stress.”

Breakouts in between the brows

Dennille says: “Breakouts in between the eyebrows are linked to the liver, so eating a lot of rich foods, eating late or a possible lactose intolerance could be possible causes for breakouts in this area.”

Breakouts on the chin

Dennille explains: “The central part of the chin is linked to the small intestine, meaning diet, food allergies or digestive problems could be the cause. The outer sides of the chin are linked to the ovaries in a female and the testes in a male, therefore hormonal imbalance, particularly during certain stages of a woman’s cycle, can cause breakouts to appear in this area.”

Breakouts on the cheeks

The cheeks are linked to the respiratory system, meaning that pollution in the air and smoking can contribute to pimples in this area. Danielle says: “Those that smoke a lot tend to experience under-surface congestion on the cheeks.”

Thanks so much for stepping back in time with me to read what’s that pimple doing there?

Until next time,

Melissa Jayne


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