Face Mapping: understanding your acne
03 Apr 2015
Research has shown that a staggering 85% of people aged 12 - 24 have experienced acne, and these unsightly blemishes can often have a detrimental effect on the way you feel, causing unhappiness and discomfort.
There are numerous ways that acne can be treated to great effect, but prevention is also a great method of overcoming troublesome pimples, and that's where face mapping comes in. Your spots actually try and let you know why they’re appearing – there’s a science behind the location on the face and the cause of acne appearing – and understanding what areas are affected by what can help you reduce these sores.
Your forehead has a lot of contact with your hair and clothing, so often you will find that dirty hats or unwashed hair can be a trigger. Alternatively, digestive and liver issues could be the cause. Forehead acne is also linked with stress and a poor sleep pattern, so try to relax more and get plenty of rest.
Temples and brows
Acne in these areas could be attributed to poor circulation or a weak heart, however, most of the causes are lifestyle related. Foods high in fat, tobacco, alcohol and processed foods are all triggers.
If the skin on your nose is peeling, you are likely to find that your nose acne is caused by poor circulation. Alternative reasons could be a poor diet, indigestion, bloating, constipation, or even a gastrointestinal imbalance.
Irregular bowel movements have been linked with acne around the mouth, so increasing your fibre intake could help. You may also find that toothpaste, food, or evenm make-up are the reason for lip acne.
Acne on the chin is most often associated with hormonal imbalances, and women may find that their skin worsens during ovulation. Your chin also experiences a lot of contact from hands, and other external causes, such as toothpaste and make-up, can be key players in chin acne.
Believe it or not, the reason for acne on your cheeks varies depending on the side! Spots on your left cheek could be linked with liver problems, overeating, nutritional imbalances, or stomach problems. The right cheek responds to problems with the lungs, allergies, stress, and increased sugar intake. It is worth noting that the most frequent causes of cheek acne include dirty mobile phones, unwashed pillowcases, unclean make-up brushes, and large amounts of bronzer or blush.
Identifying why your acne has arisen is key to understanding how to combat it. If you’re uncertain, or would like further advice about your skin, contact a dermatologist for more information