Everything you need to know about face mapping



Do you ever wonder why those breakouts of yours always pop on the exact same spot every now and then?

Well, according to the concept of face mapping, different flare ups of acne in certain locations have various causes.

In case you didn’t know, face mapping stems from an ancient Chinese belief that a person’s skin is a reflection of their inner health.

Say, for example, that pesky breakout in the middle of your forehead. Acne face mapping connects that specific area of your face to an organ or body part, which allows you to make the necessary changes to your diet or lifestyle to make it go away.

Intrigued? We were too, which is why we’re here to tell you how it works, and how to diagnose breakouts on different areas of your face.


In an interview with Refinery 29, Chapman Lee, a Chinese scholar and co-founder of the skin Baszicare said that if you’re experiencing breakouts around the forehead area, that typically means you’re stressed out in some way. He recommends exercising more, and not only going to bed earlier, but getting a better quality of rest.

If pimples are popping up between your eyebrows or nose area, “that’s sometimes associated with an imbalance in the kidney stomach, or spleen,” said Chapman. With this, he recommends cutting down on drinking and smoking, and upping your fruit and vegetable intake—focusing on foods that are high in fiber.

Chin and jawline

Chin and jawline acne is often caused by fluctuations in hormones, which means a disruption with your endocrine system. It’s typically a result of excess androgens, which overstimulate the oil glands and clog pores. Hormones can surge during a menstrual cycle (a week before your period) or maybe due to a switch or start with birth control medications.


According to Chapman, the cheeks are connected to an imbalance of your liver and lungs. He advises to cut back on drinking and guilty pleasure like cigarettes. Instead, spend your time working out in the gym—and avoid spicy foods.

If your breakouts are closer to the nostril area, this might be due to an imbalance of the small intestine. In this case, Chapman recommends avoiding cold drinks and only consuming those at room or ambient temperatures.

Mouth area

If you suffer from breakouts around your mouth area, your diet could be to blame. The area around your mouth is associated with your digestive organs, like your intestines and liver. In an interview with Byrdie, Dan Hsu, a New York City-based doctor who specializes in Eastern medicine, recommends cutting back on spicy foods and friend foods, while eating more fiber, fruits, and veggies.