Chinese facial mapping is an ancient method of analyzing the face to determine internal health conditions. It is still being used centuries later across the globe, especially in Eastern-based therapies and alternative or naturopathic medicine. By assessing different regions of the face and recognizing the changes, one can address minor imbalances before they become major health concerns, just by paying attention to the clues your body is giving you. Each area of the face corresponds with an organ and each organ when imbalanced may show signs of distress on the skin.
There are a few common areas where people with skin of color may, more often than others, notice changes. They include the skin of the under eye area, the neck, and the space between the brow, called the glabella. Women in particular may notices skin concerns on the forehead, upper lip, and the jawline. Some of the contributing factors precipitate the occurrence of these undesirable skin changes include genetic pre-disposition to certain health conditions, alcohol intake, dietary and water intake, elimination habits (that's right... I'm referring to your boo boo and I don't mean your sweetheart), hormones, and medication side effects, just to name a few.
The forehead can show imbalances linked to digestive problems, irregular sleep patterns, poor diet, and insufficient water intake. Wrinkles across the forehead typically show worry and anxiety. You may notice dehydrated skin, breakouts, and horizontal lines.
The glabella (space between the brows) corresponds with the liver. when the diet is too rich in fat and sugar, or when alcohol is consumed in excess, skin issues may appear here. You may notice clogged pores, flakiness, redness, and vertical lines between the brows which represent concern, anger, and stress. A horizontal line across the nose between the eyes can show a pre-disposition toward diabetes, since excess fat and sugar are stored in the liver. This is especially noticeable in African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians, who more often are afflicted by diabetes.
The eyes may show milia (tiny, hard, white bumps), fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, sensitized skin and irritation. The eyes correspond with the kidneys and allergies. These changes may be occurring due to poor water intake, dietary deficiencies, kidney stress, allergies, and poor elimination.
The nose and upper lip represent the heart. You may notice dark pigmentation on the upper lip, hair growth on the lip, broken capillaries on and around the nose, clogged pores and blackheads. The pigmentation and hair growth on the lip may be due to hormonal imbalance. Redness and broken capillaries on and around the nose may be due to high blood pressure. People with severe allergies may even develop a dark line across the nose due to inflammation cause by chronic allergic rhinitis.
The cheeks are divided into upper and lower sections. The upper cheek area corresponds with the lungs and may show lung stress from pollution, smoking, or asthma. The lower cheek represents the teeth and gums and may show skin changes due to dental problems. You may observe vertical lines from long term lung stress, redness, broken capillaries, sensitivity, hyperpigmentation or dark spots, and breakouts may also occur on the cheeks.
The center of the chin is linked to the small intestines and may show signs of digestive problems, poor diet, or food allergies when breakouts and clogged pores are present. The left and right sides of the chin represent the ovaries. Women may notice breakouts prior to menstruation in this area when there is a dramatic shift in hormones. This area may also indicate an imbalance or overactivity of the hormones, such as with polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS.
The neck corresponds with the pancreas as well as the adrenal glands. Dark discoloration of the neck may show signs of long term increased blood sugar, which can indicate a person being pre-diabetic. This is most often seen in individuals who are overweight. While overeating in general and consuming too much of certain foods can make a person overweight, so can the stress hormones created in the adrenal glands. Breakouts on the neck and chest can be a direct result of a long term stress response.
While there may also be traditional rationale for the occurrence of skin changes, it would be foolish to ignore the fact that our body is connected both inside and outside. Taking note of these observations and making the necessary adjustments, through both Eastern and Western approaches, can lead to healthier skin, a healthier mind, and a more balanced body.