What do your spots mean?
I receive multiple messages a day about breakouts and so today, we’re looking at why they happen and what our body is trying to tell us.
To do this we’re going to use a technique known as face mapping, which is the facial equivalent of reflexology. It’s an ancient Chinese practice that links your internal organs to key locations on your face to try and determine what may be causing the breakouts.
As it’s not an exact science, I’m also going to share how modern medicine explains your blemishes in a practical sense too. To me, looking at the route cause from all angles ensures we can clear your skin asap 🙌🏼
So, let’s work from top to bottom…
Spots on your forehead and hairline
It’s thought that your forehead is linked to your digestive organs. This means if your diet is not as nutritious as it could be, you may experience a bumpy, uneven texture.
It’s also thought that stress shows up in this area too. Stress triggers production of the hormone cortisol which causes your body to produce excess oil. This then clogs your pores and causes blackheads and blemishes.
In this instance, ensure you’re consuming a healthy, balanced diet and making time for self care, in order to clear the area.
In modern medicine, spots on the forehead and hairline are called ‘acne-pomade’ as it’s thought that they’re closely linked to hair products.
This is why I always advise washing your face after you’ve washed your hair to get rid of any residue shampoo or conditioner.
My other top tips are to shield your face when spraying dry shampoo or hairspray and if you have a fringe, make sure to pin it back at night. This stops your natural hair oils getting trapped in your pores and causing breakouts.
Spots between your brows
This area is linked to your liver which explains why after a night of drinking, you often wake up with a big, red spot in the middle of your face.
To heal it quickly (or prevent it happening altogether), you want to flush your body of excess toxins. This means drinking plenty of water and eating antioxidant rich foods such as berries and green, leafy veg. If you can’t stomach that, a cup of green tea works wonders too!
This one is for the glasses wearers! Your specs often harbour millions of bacteria that when pressed against your face for hours at a time, make themselves at home within your pores. This creates the perfect, blemish breeding ground and before you know it, a spot arrives.
So, make sure you sanitise your glasses daily to prevent the transfer of germs and your skin will remain clear.
Spots on your cheeks
The upper half of your cheeks is thought to represent your stomach. It’s believed that if you eat large quantities of inflammatory foods such as sugar, dairy or red meat, you can experience breakouts in this area. So prioritising a healthy, balanced diet it essential.
The lower half of your cheeks is linked to your lungs. Allergies, pollution and even smoking can cause congestion here, so it’s important to ensure you’re getting plenty of fresh air and exercising regularly, to strengthen them too.
In modern medicine spots on the cheeks are simply linked to the transfer of bacteria, germs and oil from a particular item to your face.
This can happen when you don’t change your pillow causes regularly, lean on your hands during the day, don’t sanitise your phone or simply forget to wash your makeup brushes.
So, ensure you keep all your beauty tools and gadgets clean and your hands away from your face to reduce the breakouts.
Spots on your chin and jawline
Chinese and Modern Medicine
This blemish location usually has one trigger only…Hormones.
Whether it’s puberty, pregnancy, time of the month or menopause, major hormonal fluctuations going on in the body, are likely to show up on your face. As there’s nothing you can to do prevent the internal changes, you need to focus on treating your skin topically instead.
Using the Overnight Glow Drops before bed each evening lightly exfoliates your skin and stops blemishes in their tracks, before they make their way to the surface.
If you have a particularly angry one though, dab an extra drop over the specific location and within hours, the inflammation will start to subside and healing will begin.
You can use this technique on all the other blemishes we’ve covered today too 🥰
I hope this little guide helps you identify where any pesky spots may have come from and allows you to achieve clear, glowing skin as fast as possible 🥰
Amy is a qualified skin expert and founder of BASE. When she’s not writing about skincare, you’ll find her applying it, developing it or daydreaming about it instead!