What your acne looks like and where it is can tell you what's causing it

Why is that you always tend break out in acne over and over again in the same areas of your face?

Why do you get cystic acne along your chin and jaw, but only blackheads and whiteheads on your forehead? Why do you have acne even though your skin isn’t oily at all? Why are your cheeks a mess, but your T-zone is pristine?

It seems to be that where you get acne on your face, and what type of acne you get can give you some clues about what the root cause of it may be. If you know the root cause, you can treat your acne more effectively.

In this article, I’m going to introduce you to three different resources I’ve come across that relate to this concept.

The first one is Chinese face mapping, the second is a chart that Fran from High on Health came up with, and the third is a chart from the acne ebook ‘Diagnose Your Acne’.

Keep an open mind about these things – none of them are 100% accurate, conclusive, or true for everyone. They’re just guidelines that may or may not be accurate for your particular case of acne. I hope you find them interesting and enlightening nonetheless!

Chinese Face Mapping

Now, in your travels around the internet looking for a cure for your acne, you may have already come across something called Chinese face mapping.

Chinese face mapping is part of their ancient medicine system and is based on years of observation. It brings forth the idea that different parts of your face correspond to specific organs and body systems. So checking out your problem areas could give you some clues to what the underlying imbalances are.

This is an extremely popular concept right now amongst beauty gurus. And it seems like everyone on the internet has already written about it, but of course, all the interpretations seem to be slightly different. I have noticed a trend though, and one that goes best with my experiences. Example: chin and jawline = hormonal acne, forehead = digestion etc.

I will share with you one example of a an acne face map that seems to fit well with this general theme that I’ve noticed. If you’d like more examples to compare and contrast, just google “Chinese Face Mapping” … you’ll come up with plenty!

This is from Piece of Chic:

And this is Piece of Chic’s analysis of what breakouts on these areas of the face might mean:

Fran from High on Health’s Analysis

Fran is a blogger who has been working in the field of natural acne treatment for years.

I found one of her older posts where she describes acne types matched with possible root causes. This is based on her personal experience, research, and from talking to her readers.

Ananda Mahony’s take on the matter

The following information is from the acne ebook Diagnose Your Acne, which is written by Australian naturopath and nutritionist Ananda Mahony.

It’s an in depth guide that helps you do exactly what we’re doing in this article – figure out the root cause of your acne so that you can treat it more effectively!

(Note: it was a great book, but unfortunately no longer available!)

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Do any of these interpretations match up for you? Tell us in the comments below about the wheres and whats of your acne and what you think the root imbalance is.