Acne, being the most common skin condition in the U.S., one would think it’d be easier to deal with and overcome. Yet, despite all the information and treatments available, some may find that the right solution remains just out of reach. What’s up with that?!
The cause of acne according to the American Academy of Acne is straightforward enough: Pores get clogged with dead skin cells and oil, which then attracts bacteria and causes the pore to become red and swollen. So, if that’s the case, just scrub and squeeze the heck out of those pores and all should be good, right?
Just writing that makes me cringe! Luckily, we all know better by now. Scrubbing, over cleansing, poking and prodding all irritate the skin more and can cause more sebum (oil) to be produced, making the situation even worse.
Acne can be triggered by many factors, including: hormones, stress, genetics, diet and certain medications. This makes it harder to get to the root cause of the breakouts.
Searching for an answer, some acne sufferers have gone back, way back...about 3,000 years to a traditional chinese medical practice called Face Mapping. This refers to a diagnostic tool which consists of mapping out the face into zones. Each zone then correlates to certain organs of the body. The following table breaks it down:
|Area of the Face||Organs Affected||Possible Solutions|
|Middle of forehead||Small Intestine||Drink lots of water, get 8 hours of sleep, reduce refined sugar, reduce carbonated beverages, reduce stress|
|Temples||Liver||Reduce processed foods and unhealthy fat intake, eat cooling foods like cucumber|
|Between the Brows||Heart||Exercise-but nothing too strenuous, avoid alcohol and smoking, eat lighter foods|
|Nose||Gastrointestinal||Exercise everyday, eat less meat and salt|
|Left Cheek/Right Cheek||Liver/Lungs respectively||Left Cheek: Less junk food, be sure you’re sleeping 1-3am, eat more cooling foods, Right Cheek: Get more fresh air, less junk food, Avoid mango, taro root, wine and seafood|
|Chin||Gynecological Areas||Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, check hormones for imbalance, reduce stress, drink spearmint tea|
|Lip||Stomach and Intestines||Eat more fiber, fresh fruit and vegetables, eat less spicy and fried food|
You may be skeptical, but if you’ve had a hard time finding the right solution, it’s worth checking out. Remember, your skin is the largest organ of the body, so it makes sense that breakouts can be a symptom of something deeper going on.
As boring as it may sound, going back to the basics of proper nutrition, sleep, getting plenty of water and exercise is always a good place to start.
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