What Causes Pimples? Pimple Remedies Through Skin Mapping

Did you ever wonder what causes pimples and acne outbreaks?  At Jessa Skin in San Rafael, CA, one of the top questions we are asked by our clients is “why do I always get pimples in the same spot or on certain parts of my face?”  Face mapping can help you analyze the underlying problems and help you understand what your acne is telling you about your overall health.

Breakouts on the hairline are commonly caused by improper or incomplete removal of make up, infrequent hair and scalp cleanliness or use of hair products that block pores.  Solutions are washing your hair regularly or, if frequent washing dries your hair, using a medicated shampoo.  Apply products primarily to the ends of the hair and not close to the roots.

Breakouts on the forehead or above the brows are related to the digestive system.  Due to toxin build up, the intestines struggle with their responsibilities.  If your diet is dominated by fats, soft drinks and red meat, you are likely to see acne in this area.  By eating less processed and fatty foods, increasing water intake and eating more toxin-eliminating foods such as boiled cabbage and baked apples, you can help eliminate these breakouts.

Acne between the brows is related to the liver.  This is also the area where food allergies show up first so, be sure to check the ingredients in the products you eat.  The best way to get rid of these breakouts is to cut out greasy foods, alcohol and dairy.  It is also important to get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.  The liver is at its strongest between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. so, it is very important to rest during those hours.  The liver is its weakest between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. so, it is ideal to schedule difficult work for the morning.

The nose area is effected by the heart.  If you frequently have acne issues in this area then you may want to have your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels checked.  Decreasing the intake of spicy food or pungent food, cutting down on meat and getting more fresh air can be very beneficial.  Additionally, look into ways to lower cholesterol, replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omega 3 and 6 found in nuts, fish, avocados and flax seed.  This area is also full of dilated pores so, check that your makeup is not expired.  The sides or wings of the nose however, can also be an indicator for changes in the reproductive system or ovaries.

The upper cheek area is linked to the respiratory system.  If you smoke or have allergies, this is likely a problem area for you.  If not, sleeping on your sides, using a cell phone frequently and pollution in the air can cause problems here.  The best ways to improve acne in this area is to eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar intake and get more fresh air.  Keeping the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol and caffeine) and upping your intake of alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice can make a big difference.  In addition, keep cell phones clean and change your pillowcase often.

Any problems around the eye area, such as dark circles, are related to the kidneys.  The best thing to do is to increase your water intake.

The mouth and chin are the signature zones for stress and hormonal changes.  Although these seem to be unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping your skin clean.  Breakouts in this area can also indicate when you are ovulating and on which side.  If your diet is dominated in soy or dairy, you will often see breakouts in this area as well since they contain hormones. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of female sex hormones and can also affect this area.

Poor lymphatic drainage or hormonal imbalance will show up on the jaw line.  The best remedies are to avoid eating before bed, getting more rest and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.  Getting your hormonal levels checked an also be beneficial if this is a problem for you.

For additional help with pimple and acne breakouts, contact Jessa Skin at 415-342-3413 for a consultation.

Written by Mikayla Doerfler, Jessa Skin Esthetician

Mikayla has been passionate about skincare and beauty. She originally got into esthetics because of her desire to help a family member who suffered from acne. She quickly fell in love with esthetics. She enjoys connecting with a variety or people every day and sharing her knowledge. She has a very nurturing and positive attitude. Some of her specialties are microdermabrasion and hair removal.

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