Facial Mapping: What Your Acne Is Telling You?

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Have you every wondered why you only get acne on specific locations on your face? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), these spots on your face do not just show up randomly. In TCM different areas on your face is related to certain TCM organs. Each of these organs are relatively connected to body systems that need strengthening if a weakness (appearing as spots) is evident. Our face is like a mirror to the interior of our body.

Keep in mind that when I talk about TCM organs like “Kidney” or “Liver”, I don't mean the Western anatomical organs you are familiar with. They do have the same names but they relate to theoretical TCM "organs.” TCM theory is based on years of observation rather than hard scientific facts. Being open minded about TCM theory and diagnosis can lead to some interesting realization about yourself and your current health state.

Heart and Intestines area:

Patient may have:

  • Digestive issues (ex. constipation, loose stool, bloating after meals)

  • Random palpitations

  • Insomnia, or irregular sleep schedule

  • Bitter taste in mouth

  • Emotional sweat (ex. sweaty palms when nervous)

  • Excessive body heat

Tips:

  • Ensure 7-9 hours of sleep a night

  • Try dandelion, chamomile, green tea, or even hot water with lemon & honey

  • Add tomatoes, papaya, cherry, red beans, radish, rhubarb, red dates to diet

  • Maintain cholesterol level

  • Keep blood pressure in check

Kidney and Bladder area:

Patient may have:

  • Urinary issues (ex. poor urinary output, hesitant or difficult flow)

  • Reproductive issues (ex. infertility, irregular menstruation, PCOS)

  • Bone health issues (ex. osteoporosis, brittle bone, cavity prone)

Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water as you may lack water intake

  • Stay away from sweetened/caffeinated beverages and alcohol

  • Switch table salt to sea salt

  • Add vegetables such as endive, asparagus, quinoa, oats to your diet

  • Add fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, melons, potatoes to your diet

Hormonal area:

Patient may have:

  • Reproductive issues (ex. acne may occur before or during cycle, infertility, irregular menstruation, period pain, PCOS, menopause)

Tips:

  • Be extra cautious with skin before period

  • Drink lukewarm-hot tea or water before cycle

  • Try raspberry leaf tea

  • Prioritize sleep

  • Add avocado, almonds, broccoli, salmon to diet

Lung

Patient may have:

  • Immunity issues (ex. prone to coughs, cold, and catch everything flying around)

  • Respiration issues (ex. asthma, allergies, breathlessness, often contact with polluted air)

  • Skin issues (ex. other then acne: eczema, psoriasis)

  • Irregular sweat (ex. excessive sweat during physical exertion, sweat without exertion)

Tips:

  • More exercise

  • Stay away from polluted air

  • Quit smoking

  • Try adding green plants to clear the air in your home

  • Cut back on sugar intake

  • Add tofu, beans, white meat, white mushrooms to diet

  • Start day with warm breakfast (ex. even hot soup can be an option)

Spleen and Stomach area:

Patient may have:

  • Digestion issues *note: a bit different then heart and intestine area* (ex. IBS, bad breath, poor appetite)

  • Dampness: exposure to damp environment

  • Low energy at all times

  • Blood circulation issues (ex problems with bruising, anemia, dry skin or mouth)

  • Prone to mouth/lip issues (ex. cold sores, cracked lips)

Tips:

  • Eat at regular hours (ex. don’t eat before you sleep, while you work, chew food thoroughly)

  • Avoid uncooked, cold, dairy, sweet food (ex. ice cream, chocolate)

  • Avoid fried, greasy, spicy food

  • Cut back on seafood

  • Add coconut oil, olive oil or nuts to diet

  • Try peppermint or tangerine peel tea

  • Try exercising in the AM

Liver area:

Symptoms:

  • Emotional problems (ex. excessive anger, suppressed anger, moodiness, irritability, stress)

  • Eye problems (ex. dry eyes, blood shot, seeing spots randomly)

  • Excessive consumption of toxins (ex. in food or environment)

  • Frequent headaches, migraines, dizziness

Tips:

  • Know when to take time out from busy life to relax

  • Add carrots, celery, lettuce to diet

  • Less meat

  • Try lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in water as beverage

  • Cut back on alcohol, smoking etc

For acne prone patients, a comprehensive consultation is required at their initial visit. The theory of facial mapping is used as part of our diagnosis. Our clinic will tailor your acupuncture treatment and prescribe herbal medicine for your needs. 

Our main goal is to treat the root cause of acne. That way, we get keep the acne gone for good.