Complements What's your skin telling you?


By Lashelle Kuhlman, licensed aesthetician, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Have you ever wondered why you are breaking out in the same spot each month? Your skin may be trying to tell you something that’s going on inside  your body. Face mapping is a form of skin analysis that helps you  understand the causes of breakouts and spots on your face. Spots in different zones on your face correspond to different problems. You can address the underlying causes of blemishes and health problems by understanding the face mapping method.  Face mapping skin analysis divides the face into 14 distinct zones, each with its own set of potential problems and unique needs.

Zones 1 and 3 – These zones are related to the digestive system. If you break out more frequently in this area, try eating less processed and junk foods and reduce fat. Eat more whole foods, and drink more water. Your body may have a hard time breaking down certain foods, and it can show in this area.

Zone 2 – Breakouts between your brows are liver-related. This zone is a target for food allergies, and congestion can mean you are consuming too much alcohol and too many rich foods. Greasy, fatty foods may be connected to acne here.

Zones 4 and 10 – Your ears are kidney-related. If you are experiencing any abnormalities or redness, cut caffeine or alcohol, and drink more water.

Zones 6 and 8 – Darkening under eye circles is mainly hereditary, but this area is also related to kidneys. Try increasing your intake of water.

Zones 5 and 9 – Your cheeks are related to your respiratory system. Allergies that affect the respiratory system may be to blame, or if you press your cellphone against your skin while talking, germs may transfer to your face.

Zone 7 – The nose is related to the heart. If you are experiencing constant breakouts in this area, it may be a good idea to get your blood pressure checked.

Zones 11, 12 and 13 – Your chin goes straight to ovaries and plays a huge hormonal part. Breakouts on the chin normally show up during menstruation and hormonal imbalances that can be caused by stress.

Zone 14 - Adrenal stress – Just as your face is important, you should not forget your neck area. This area is often one of the first to show signs of premature aging. The application of sunscreen and moisturizers is a must.

With diet changes, exercise and plenty of sleep, you may see a significant change in your skin. Face mapping is a quick and easy method to reflect on your internal health and help you make healthy lifestyle changes!