Acne Mapping: Understanding your Breakouts


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A large majority of those who suffer from acne and other skin conditions get medicinal help from doctors or try to get rid of them by using every skincare product they can find. There are also many others who don't suffer from cystic acne but from the random pimples that come and go every once in a while. What if I told you that there is a reason you breakout on certain areas of your face? What if you can pinpoint the exact causes for what makes you breakout and avoid them to begin with? Let me introduce you to... Acne Mapping. Acne mapping comes from ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Researchers suggest that specific factors can relate to acne on certain areas of the face. After much research on skincare and facial health, here is a complete breakdown to help you understand its locations and causes.



There are 14 zones on your face which indicate 14 organs and systems which can be the root cause for pimples in that area. The following content is written by Healthious.

Zone 1 & 3: Digestive System – If you constantly find pimples in this area (check image for small/ large intestine) this most probably means that you have to eat less processed food or junk food, reduce fats from your diet and drink plenty of water or eat fruits and vegetables rich in water, such as cucumbers or watermelon.


Zone 2: Liver – You have to consume less alcohol, fats and dairy products. This area indicates food allergies, so it would be indicated to make some analyses. Besides, you should exercise 30 minutes per day and sleep enough, so your liver may rest.


Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys – Make sure you’re sufficiently hydrated, and consume less sodas, coffee and alcohol, because they contribute to dehydration.


Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory Tract – Smokers or those who have allergies are mostly affected in this area where pimples appear. If you are not a smoker nor have allergies, and you still have pimples in that area, you have to reduce sugar consumption and take long walks. Also, try to keep your body as alkali, avoiding foods that make it unbalanced and acid (meat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar). Add as many alkaline foods in your daily menu, such as green vegetables or fresh wheat juice.


Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys – This area also indicate kidney problems. Any problem around the eyes (including dark circles) indicates dehydration. Drink more water!

Zone 7: Heart – Check your blood pressure and vitamin B levels. Eat less spicy foods, less meat and take long walks in nature. Also look for solutions to lower your cholesterol, such as replacing “bad” fats with “good” fats, like Omega 3 and 6, which are found in nuts, avocados, fish and flaxseed. In addition, given that this area has dilated pores, don’t use cosmetics that irritate your skin, or worse, over the expiration date.


Zone 11 & 13: Hormones – This is the representative area for stress and hormonal changes. And although sometimes you can’t avoid, you can diminish their effect if you get more sleep, drink plenty of water, eat green vegetables and keep your skin clean. Another interesting thing is that pimples in this area indicate the ovulation period and which ovary (left or right) is responsible for the process. Cool right? :)

Zone 12: Stomach – Eat more fiber, reduce toxins intake and drink herbal teas to improve your digestion.


Zone 14: An infection in your body – Pimples in this area indicate that your body is fighting with bacteria to prevent a disease. You should make some analyses, and sleep more, follow a course of yoga, breathe deeply several times a day, drink enough water and stop worrying!

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