Ever wonder why sometimes your breakouts appear on different areas of your face and body? Well it turns out there is an underlying cause within the body. Chinese medicinal practitioners believe that whenever something is going on within the body that needs some “health help” it will be directly reflected on your skin. Let’s get right into the areas of the skin that may experience breakouts and what you can do to nourish your body from within, ultimately healing your skin as well.
Please note: The acne problem areas listed for each facial area are general guidelines and do not apply to everyone. For example, a breakout on your forehead doesn’t automatically mean there’s something severely wrong with your digestive tract or your liver. Always consult your physician for a proper diagnosis.
Causes: May stem from digestive problems meaning certain foods can have a difficult time being broken down; Small intestine problems; Liver problems; Poor sleeping patterns; Overloaded with stress; Toxic chemical build-up; High sugar consumption; Hair Products and/or bangs which transfer oil to the forehead causing acne.
Solutions: Depending on what issue is causing your acne, there are several solutions that can clear up your forehead acne though some may have a longer time properly diagnosing and healing their forehead acne. We recommend making an appointment with your doctor to see if you have any allergies, stomach problems, or possibly a gluten, sugar, or dairy intolerance that can be causing your acne. Get good quality sleep at night, around 8 hours uninterrupted is best. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to flush out toxins from the body. Work out 5 days a week to sweat out toxins. Eat healthy foods, avoiding any type of processed food. Wash hair product out at night before bed and change your pillow cases every couple of days. Find ways to de-stress like practicing yoga, meditating, going for long walks, etc. Drink peppermint tea to aid in healthy digestion as peppermint is antifungal and antiviral. Take a daily probiotic to kill candida in the stomach and to increase good bacteria.
Chin and Jaw Acne
Causes: Usually correlated with hormonal issues; Women, it can be related to gynecological issues; The kidneys may be imbalanced; Can be from touching your chin, resting your chin or jaw in your hands, or touching your face with your cell phone while you talk on it; If you have long hair, the oils may be transferring to your jaw line and chin causing oil build-up thus causing acne to form. May be allergic to the brand of toothpaste, mouthwash, or lip product you are using.
Solutions: Make an appointment with your doctor to have your hormones checked (for any imbalances) and to get tested for allergies. Change your toothpaste, mouthwash, and/or lip product. Get quality sleep every night that is undisturbed. Drink peppermint tea to aid in healthy digestion. Add Omega-3 foods to your diet. Eat whole foods while minimizing your intake of processed foods that are high in salt, sugar, fat, and dairy. Sanitize your cell phone daily.
Left Cheek Acne:
Causes: It can be caused by liver problems; Malnutrition due to digestive issues; Excess eating; Dirty cell phone, pillow cases, and/or makeup brushes and sponges; Stress; Cosmetics
Solutions: Make a doctor’s appointment to get your liver and stomach checked to make sure everything is functioning properly. Add beets and detoxifying foods to your diet that will strengthen your liver. Drink plenty of clean water daily, preferably 8-10 cups a day, to flush toxins out of your body quickly. Add leafy greens to your diet. Avoid processed foods – Eat more natural, healthy foods. Sanitize your cell phone daily to remove bacteria. Change your pillow cases every couple of days and sanitize your makeup brushes every week to remove residue, oil build-up, and bacteria.
Right Cheek Acne:
Causes: Upper respiratory and lung issues; Allergies (seasonal or food-related); Digestive issues; Stress; Consuming too much sugar (mainly refined and processed sugars); Dirty cell phone, pillow cases, and/or makeup brushes and sponges; Cosmetics
Solutions: Get tested for allergies. Avoid all junk food and processed foods whenever possible and opt for healthy whole foods. You may have food sensitivity to any of the following: mango, wine, seafood, taro root, and more – avoid if you notice flare-ups when you eat these foods. Practice yoga to strengthen your entire body and lungs to breathe more deeply and steadily. Yoga will also help you to de-stress. Sanitize your cell phone every day, change your pillow cases every other day and sanitize your makeup brushes every week. Removing unwanted bacteria and residue will greatly improve the quality and appearance of your skin.
Causes: Digestive issues that include constipation and bloating; Gastrointestinal imbalances; An unhealthy diet; If the nose also peels, it could be that you have poor blood circulation.
Solutions: Eat less salt, meat, and spices as these foods can cause your skin to flare up with pimples. Eat lukewarm foods that are neither too hot nor too cold. Work out every day – do something physically active to improve blood circulation. Increase your intake of Vitamin B foods and eat a healthy diet. Get monthly massages to improve blood flow and make sure to get plenty of fresh air.
In Between the Brows Acne:
Causes: Consuming too much alcohol; Tobacco use; A weak heart or an indication of a heart problem.
Solutions: Minimize alcohol consumption and quit smoking and/or chewing tobacco. If you get chest pains or feel like you may have a heart condition, make an appointment with your doctor but remember as we stated above, the causes listed doesn’t mean every person has the health problems listed so don’t be worried!
Hopefully the causes and solutions listed will help you determine why your acne settles where it does and you can begin to find resolutions to heal your acne from within. Good health always starts with a healthy diet, plenty of exercise, and good quality sleep so do yourself a favor and start taking care of yourself. You will feel so much better – mind, body, and soul!