What Your Skin Is Telling You About Your Health
You may have heard that your skin is a reflection of your health. When a blemish appears on your face, it may be a sign of an imbalance, whether it is related to nutrition, hormones, genetics, or environmental factors. Skin is the body’s largest organ, and it communicates with the internal organs, ultimately dictating what shows up – or doesn’t – on our faces.
Improve Your Skin Health
Do you want to know how you can improve your health for radiant skin? Skin mapping, also known as face mapping, is a technique originally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. The idea is that the face is a mirror of your health – various areas or “zones” of the face correlate to specific organs and reveal their condition. Face mapping guides you to look beyond the surface and treat the underlying cause of a skin condition.
The forehead is a window to the liver and gallbladder. Excessive fat consumption and/or too much alcohol may cause breakouts in this area. Balance your system by minimizing rich foods and alcoholic beverages and drinking plenty of herbal tea and fresh water. Milk thistle and burdock root are often used to help support liver and gallbladder health.
Between the Eyebrows
The area between your eyebrows is said to be connected to your stomach and liver. Poor digestion and toxic buildup may lead to blemishes in this area. Try an elimination diet to rule out any allergies or intolerances and consider a gentle cleanse. Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can also improve digestive health.
The temples and brow line correlate to the kidneys. Issues in this region could indicate dehydration and/or overworked kidneys. Low back pain typically goes hand-in-hand with these symptoms. Try drinking more water and including superfoods such as kale, spinach, berries, and algae in your diet.
Under the Eyes
The area under your eyes represents the condition of the stomach, kidneys, and liver. If you’re experiencing puffiness and/or dark circles under your eyes, consider reducing or removing alcohol, caffeine, and sugar from your diet. Drink plenty of water and detoxifying tea, and make sure you are getting enough quality sleep.
Nose and Cheek Bones
The bridge of your nose and upper area of your cheeks is said to be connected to the heart. Rashes like rosacea commonly appear in this area. Try replacing unhealthy saturated fats with healthy fats loaded with omega fatty acids to boost your HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol). Opt for raw nuts, avocado, salmon, flax seeds, and chia seeds.
The lower cheeks and nose get bossed around by the liver and stomach. Wrinkles, breakouts,
and redness abound in this area and can usually be blamed on food intolerances and toxic buildup. Clean up your diet and add in some cleansing vegetable juice. Experiment to see what type of eating approach optimizes your baseline and is sustainable for you.
The mouth region is also connected to the stomach. Consider food sensitivities and toxic buildup. You may want to try a gentle detox and/or an elimination diet and add more green vegetables and fiber to
The jawline is a window to the ovaries and/or colon, and breakouts here can be triggered by hormonal stress, especially in women. A consistent menstrual cycle can help keep hormones and circulation healthy. While menstruating, women should include a lot of greens and hydrating foods. Try a balanced, low- glycemic diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Keep stress levels under control and ensure that you are getting quality sleep.