What does the location of your breakout say about your health? What does the location of your breakout say about your health?
They say your eyes are windows to your soul. Well, your face may just be a mirror of your health. Face mapping has been... What does the location of your breakout say about your health?

They say your eyes are windows to your soul. Well, your face may just be a mirror of your health.

Face mapping has been around for ages, a practice rooted in Ayurveda, a system of medicine developed by the sages of India, as well as ancient Chinese tradition. It believes that internal issues of the body manifest by showing up on the face. Face mapping, or mien shiang, can help us figure out what causes a breakout by correlating a point on the face to an organ or body part.

Cool. Interesting to know that our facial eruptions belie greater messages than simply the build-up of oil and sebum.

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Here are some of the zones typically mapped in mien shiang and what they can say about your body.

Outbreaks on the forehead

woman lying on brown surface

Breaking out above the eyebrows or on the forehead indicates poor digestive health. You may be eating too much of sugary or rich food, and your body is struggling to get rid of toxins that have been building up. It may also indicate liver problems, stress, or an irregular sleep schedule.

What you should do

Drink more water to flush out toxins in the body. Consume more whole foods and less sugary items. Drinking hot water with lemon in the morning, and switching from caffeinated drinks to herbal teas may also help. Make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

Outbreaks between the brows

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Pimples here means an overloaded liver. Greasy, fatty foods may be to blame here. Another possible cause may be too much alcohol. If you find yourself breaking out in between the brows after a night out where you consumed a few drinks, that may be your issue.

What you should do

A day of light exercise, plenty of water, and a good night’s sleep can help to ease the outbreak.

Outbreaks on the chin

Close-up Photography of Woman Wearing Red Lipstick

Breakouts can also indicate hormonal imbalance and stress. Chin pimples often come around because of changes in your hormones. You can identify the cause of the problem simply by noting whether the pimples tend to show up around that time of the month.

What you should do

As your period approaches, may more attention to skin care, and consume foods that help regulate our natural hormone cycles, such as salmon, eggs, broccoli, and almonds. Also try not to rest your chin in your hands as this can transfer oils from your fingers onto your chin, which then causes pimples.

Outbreaks on the cheeks

Woman Sitting While Holding Her Cheeks

Coming into contact with polluted air may be the cause of pimples showing up here.

If you find yourself breaking out on one side of the face only, your cell phone or your usual sleeping position may be to blame. Germs and dirt may have been transferred to your face when you put your cell phone against your skin while talking or when you press your cheek into your pillowcase.

In addition, acne here can be a symptom of too much sugar in your diet—cut back for a few days and see if that helps.

What you should do

Packing up and moving is not an option for most of us. However, you can try to improve the air quality in your homes by adding plants that clean the air to your homes.

Always wash skin thoroughly before bed to try to get rid of trace contaminants.

Wash your pillowcase and bedspread every couple of weeks. You may not be able to see them, but our bed becomes a haven for bacteria, dirt and other nasties to build up while we sleep. Upon coming into contact with our skin, dirty bedding can cause breakouts, skin irritations and even make us sick.

Wipe your cell phone regularly with antibacterial wipes to get rid of dirt and oil.

Pimples on your nose

Human Lips

Experts believe causes are linked to your heart, indicating problems of the cardiovascular system. The heart may lack vitamin B and protein. Also, you may be leading a very passive lifestyle. Your skin suffers from lack of nutrients and poor blood circulation.

What you should do

Cutting back on meat and spicy foods could reduce breakouts here. Consume foods that contain “good fats” like nuts, avocados, fish, or flaxseed. Make sure you are getting enough vitamin B and add more green vegetables and fruits, fish, various cereals to your diet.

Do morning exercises or work out at least one hour a day.

Pimples on your nose and forehead

Close-Up Photo of Woman's Face

The cause? Stress. Your fight-or-flight stress response is the most likely trigger for T-zone breakouts. When shit hits the fan, your body releases adrenaline that can increase oil production and increase the likelihood of breakouts.

What you should do

When knowingly advancing into a stressful time, apply a leave-on acne treatment to these areas or your entire face to be safe.

Pimples around your mouth

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If you don’t have a habit of wiping the area around your mouth after a meal, this may just be the cause. Acidic foods  (think lemon and vinegar-based dressings) can irritate your skin and cause inflammation, while oily fried foods can physically block your pores. Both types of food cause gnarly-looking zits around your lips.

What you should do

Use a facial-cleansing wipe to remove visible irritants around your mouth after a meal.


Next time you get a breakout, you’ll know what your body is trying to tell you!


Rachel Tay

Rachel Tay

With a cupcake in one hand, Rachel will ask whether the cup of tea you're proffering her has sugar in it. She tries to be healthy, but this is a world with carbs and chocolate galore, y'know? Ah, as they say...everything in moderation.

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