According to Chinese medicine, the acne that shows up on the face could actually be directly linked to the health of your internal organs. It can be beneficial for your health to note where your acne is showing up on your face, and pay special attention to the organs that correlate. This also relates to the types of foods that you are eating, and foods that you should be limiting. See map below
The Upper Forehead
Correlates to the digestive system and bladder. It is important to drink plenty of water and drastically limit greasy food and processed sugars. Consume large amounts of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Eat foods that are rich in anti-oxidants and consider drinking warm lemon water and green tea regularly. Be sure that you are getting a good source of probiotics, which you can get from fermented foods such as: sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, or kefir. If you do not consume these foods you may want to consider taking a probiotic supplement.
The Lower Forehead
Is said to relate to the heart. Your heart is a massive organ that pumps the blood through your entire body. It is so important to keep your heart healthy; you can do so by participating in regular cardiovascular activity. You can also help clear up this type of acne by eating coconut oil and pomegranate.
This area relates to the liver. If you tend to get acne in this area often, it may indicate that your liver has been overworked and is in need of a cleanse. Try to eliminate or drastically cut back on fried, greasy foods, alcohol, and dairy. Some foods that can assist with cleansing the liver include: green tea, carrots, beets, lemons, limes, garlic leafy greens, and grapefruit. Try to purchase organic whenever possible.
If you tend to get large painful pimples on your ears it may be a sign that your kidneys are not being taken care of. This could be as simple as not getting enough water and/or eating too much sodium, specifically that found in processed foods. Other factors that lead to unhealthy kidneys include: eating too much animal protein, being deficient in magnesium and other minerals, not getting enough sleep, and excess sugar consumption. Consider cutting these back.
Flare ups on the upper cheeks are related to the lungs and respiratory system. This may happen often if you’re a smoker, but also if you have a respiratory illness such as asthma. Living in a polluted area can also cause this and even lung infections.
Acne flare-ups on your lower cheeks may be related to gum or teeth problems. You may want to limit refined sugars and completely eliminate soft drinks. Consider implementing a practice known as Oil Pulling into your daily routine.
Side Of Chin
This is especially for women, as flare-ups on the sides of the chin are a good indication of a hormonal imbalance. Factors that can cause this include: menstruation, birth control, and a diet high in soy products. Emotional and physical stress can also cause hormone imbalances. Foods that can help to balance the hormones include: holy basil, liquorice, burdock, red raspberry leaves, milk thistle and green tea.
Center Of The Chin
Acne on the center of the chin can be related to digestion and to problems with the the stomach and small intestine. This can be directly caused by a poor diet and/or food allergies such as one to gluten. You may want to consider a whole foods cleanse for a week to assist with movement in the intestines. If your gut is lacking probiotics it won’t matter how much good, clean healthy food you are eating, the nutrients will simply pass right through you.
As always, getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, and meditating regularly are key for maintaining good mental and physical health – don’t forget!