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Do It Yourself: Face Mapping

Ever wondered why you only get spots on your chin or suffer from a lot of redness in your cheeks but not anywhere else? Well, skin mapping is a simple and effective way to find the answer to these complexion questions by learning how to read your skin. This ancient oriental art of skin health diagnosis is becoming increasingly popular amongst dermatologists and beauty experts. Breakouts in different areas of the face correspond to different problems. So, with this “map” as a guide, you can address the causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish, but also treat the underlying health problems in time. Here is what you need to know and how to do it yourself.

How To Do It At Home

There are 14 areas across the face and neck, so it is easy to determine where the health problem originates from. To help you understand Face Mapping, here are all the facial zones and what blemishes in these areas mean along with some possible solutions.

Zone 1 & 2 – Forehead

Chocolate and spots go hand in hand but, in general, high amounts of fat within your diet can lead you to breakout across your forehead. This means less processed food as well. Cleanse your diet with green tea and up your water intake to clear this area.

Zone 3 – Middle of the Brows

Alcohol and dairy are said to be the main causes for spots in the area between the brows, as well as reactions to food allergies. Consult your doctor first if you are worried about intolerance, but otherwise cut out alcohol and fatty foods and make sure you get enough sleep each night.

Zone 4 & 5 – Temples

Breakouts on the temples and dark circles under the eyes are linked to dehydration. Make sure you keep well hydrated throughout the day by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day and avoiding coffee, tea and salt whenever possible.

Zone 6 – Nose

Breakouts and congested pores on the nose link to the heart, but more commonly suggest a Vitamin B deficiency or high blood pressure. To combat this try swapping bad fats with fruits, vegetables, nuts and Omega-rich fish and limit the amount of spicy foods you consume. Consult your doctor if you have any further heart-related concerns. This area is full of dilated pores so make sure your make-up brushes and anything that you bring close to your face are kept clean

Zone 7 & 8 – Left and Right Outer Cheeks

The area on the outside of the face which is situated underneath the temples is another area that indicates kidney issues so make sure you up your water intake and cut out caffeine.

Zone 9 & 10 – Left and Right Apples of the Cheeks

The fuller parts of the cheeks often refer to respiratory problems so smokers or those who suffer with allergies or asthma might be more prone to inflammation and frequent breakouts in this area. However increasing exposure to fresh air with long and regular walks or other exercise can do wonders for your complexion.

Zone 11 & 12 – Around the Mouth

Breakouts, blocked pores and redness around the mouth are often caused by changing hormone levels and stress, particularly around a certain time of the month. While there is little to do that can prevent these changes, eating healthy with plenty of exercise will do more good than bad for your complexion.

13 – Chin

If you always get spots on your chin then it could be time to add more fibre to your diet. This area of the face is linked to the stomach and not getting enough fibre can lead to digestion issues. Consider a detox and try to eat more dark green vegetables, grains and fruit.

14 – Neck and Décolleté

Inflammation on the neck and décolleté can mean that the body is trying to fight off bacteria. Whether it be a cold or something more severe. Consult your doctor and keep drinking plenty of water and try to relax if you begin to feel unwell.

As with any of the elements of Face Mapping, they are to be used in conjunction with other knowledge in order to form a clearer view of what is going on within your body. Often the cause is nothing too serious, but if you have any concerns about your overall health or the condition of your skin, visit your GP for more advice.



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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