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Face Mapping: The Holistic Approach To Reading Your Skin

Have you ever heard of face mapping?

Face Mapping is an ancient technique still utilised nowadays by Skin Therapists to identify what imbalances in the body are causing the skin to flaw.

Originated in China over 3,000 years ago, face mapping comes from 'mien shiang', which directly translates to “face reading”. The ancient Chinese believed that a person’s skin is a reflection of their inner health.

Chinese diagnosis viewed the face as a "map", where each section was connected to a different organ in the body. When there's a bodily imbalance, it's said that the skin will show this via skin concerns or conditions - blemishes, congestion, acne, redness, dryness, rosacea and eczema - which will indicate which organ is affected.

How are the sections of your face broken down to different organs in the body?

ZONE 1 and 3: The forehead

pimples in the forehead

Body part: Any skin issues in this area indicate a potential problem with the bladder or digestive system.

Other causes:
Pimples in the forehead can also be caused by a poor diet, lack of water and poor elimination.

Congestion in this area can also signal improper makeup or shampoo removal, or products that are clogging your pores and poor hygiene.

ZONE 2: Between the eyebrows

face mapping between the eyebrows

Body part: The middle of your forehead is linked to your liver.

Other causes:

Blemishes or oiliness in this area can also suggest your diet is out of balance. Over-indulging in unhealthy food choices and drinks can be a cause of that imbalance. Looking into your diet to avoid excess alcohol, rich foods, and late-night eating is advisable, along with checking for food allergies.

ZONE 4 and 10: The ears

flushed hot ears

Body part: Kidney issues can be seen in the ears.

Flushed, hot ears are advised to up their water intake and reduce caffeine, alcohol, or salt consumption.

Other causes:
Those irritations may be related to cellphone use or jewellery allergies as well.

ZONE 5: The cheeks

congested skin in the cheeks, pimples in the cheeks

Body part: The upper cheeks can be linked to the respiratory system.

Those who smoke or have allergies may notice broken capillaries, hyperpigmentation, or general congestion.

Other causes:

These may also be a result of comedogenic cosmetic ingredients, gum or tooth problems, or bacteria from cell phones.

Body part: The middle to lower cheeks is linked to the colon, liver, kidneys, and stomach.

Those who have stomach issues like IBS, constipation, SIBO, bloating, and food allergies find they will either breakout, have dryness, uneven skin tone, or redness in this area.

ZONE 5: The eyes

face mapping the eye area

Body part: Kidneys are also linked to the under-eye area.

Other causes:
Dark circles and puffiness can be a sign of dehydration, a sluggish lymphatic system, iron deficiency, or an imbalanced diet. Allergies, poor lymph flow, and kidney stress can also be contributing factors.

ZONE 7: The nose

face mapping nose

Body part: Broken capillaries around your nose can be linked to allergies like sinus, hay fever, heavily squeezing pimples, environment, or genetics.

If your nose is red can be linked to the heart, and high blood pressure may be the cause.

ZONE 12: The chin center

face mapping chin

Body part: Either side of your outer chin is linked to hormonal breakout. For females, it is related to your ovaries. This breakout can be related to a hormonal imbalance or a menstrual cycle.

The middle of your chin also corresponds with the small intestine, poor elimination, dietary problems or food allergies.

ZONE 12: The upper lip

face mapping upper lip

Body part: Your upper lip is linked with the reproductive system.

Pigmentation, excessive hair growth, and breakouts on the area can be a result of a hormonal imbalance like polycystic ovaries.

Changing hormone levels can affect melanin production, leading to hyperpigmentation. Increased production of hormones called androgens can result in unwanted hair growth.

ZONE 11 and 13: The jawline

face mapping the jawline

Body part: The jawline is mainly related to hormonal imbalances and stress.

Other causes:
Blemishes here can also be influenced by poorly removal of makeup, irritating or pore-clogging ingredients in cosmetics, and constant touching of the area. They could also be can be a result of dental work.

ZONE 14: The neck

face mapping neck

Body part: When you feel stressed, your adrenal glands release a bunch of hormones, including adrenaline. This can result in redness in your neck and chest area.

Other causes:
Skin issues here can also be a sign of irritation caused by a fragrance or sun damage like hyperpigmentation.

Book your Free Skin Mapping Consultation (face to face or via zoom). Our Skin Therapists will be happy to help you understand what is causing your skin concerns and how to treat them.

About The Author


My name is Sari Pols,

I have been in the skin care industry for over 15 years. My passion lies in ‘Health’. Health for the skin and body. My philosophy is if we have a good well being on the inside, then it shows our vitality on the outside.

I have furthered my knowledge in Skin Anatomy, Skin Concerns and Fitness. I am a true believer in how to make my clients feel their best both inside and out. My emphasis is on guiding my clients through their personal journey of skin concerns and conditions. I do not like to bandaid a concern or condition but want to get down to the root of the cause. I aim to give personalised consultations with treatment and correct prescribed skin products.


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