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What Your Acne Is Trying to Tell You About Your Health

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Chin acne is caused by hormonal imbalances like polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid problems, stress, and menstruation. Hormonal acne may also show up on the jawline, but pimples here are usually from digestive issues. Fiber and probiotics can help. Breakouts on the nose and T-zone point to liver problems, while forehead acne means poor kidney function. Avoiding dehydration will fix this. Poor lung health may cause cheek acne. If breakouts are on the lower cheeks, mouth and gum problems are likely.

There’s nothing worse than waking up with a pesky pimple. We’ve all been there! All acne is unwelcome, of course. But its specific location might be telling you something.

The Ayurvedic practice of face mapping links each of your face to a different internal system. In some cases, the location may be related to a certain habit. Knowing the location can be a game changer, though. It can help you zero in on a better treatment – beyond the face wash.

Here’s what you need to know if you breakout in these six spots.

6 Spots For Acne Breakout

1. Chin Acne Could Mean Hormonal Imbalance
Chin Acne Means Hormonal Imbalance

Acne on the chin is caused by hormonal imbalances. It’s common to see this crop up a week or two before a menstrual period. You can thank the fluctuating estrogen levels for that!1 Hormonal imbalances may also be caused by conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome.2 and thyroid problems. Even chronic stress can mess with your hormones, so try to take it easy.3

The best way to check your hormonal levels is through a blood test. So if you have chin acne, talk to your doctor about doing one.

2. Jawline Acne Could Mean Digestive Issues

Jawline Acne Signifies Digestive Issues

When your digestive system flares up, so does your jawline. This means that your stomach or intestines need extra attention. For good digestive health, consider eating more fiber from fruits, veggies, and whole grains.4 You can also enhance digestion by eating foods rich in probiotics.5 Yogurt and kimchi are yummy options. However, do keep in mind hormonal acne can also show up on the jawline.

3. T-Zone And Nose Acne Could Mean Liver Trouble

T-Zone And Nose Acne Signify Liver Trouble

This area is linked to the liver. In fact, a red nose is a sign of damaged liver in alcoholics. So if you constantly have acne here – or it has a reddish hue – there might be something up with your liver. Give your drinking habits a second thought. If you don’t think alcohol is the cause, get your liver function checked.

4. Forehead Acne Could Mean Kidney Distress

Forehead Acne Signifies Kidney Distress

If you breakout on the forehead, your kidneys may be in distress. Dehydration is a common cause, so do be sure to drink enough water. Stick to simple H2O instead of sugary drinks. Areas around the forehead – like under your eyes and the ears – can also signify kidney problems. From the outside, forehead acne may be simply caused by makeup, bangs, or hats. Keep the area clean by properly removing makeup at the end of the day.

5. Cheek Acne Could Mean Lung Issues

Cheek Acne Means Lung Issues

Your cheeks are connected to the lungs – that’s they turn red after a workout. Smoking and pollution can cause cheek breakouts, though. External causes might be dirty phones and pillowcases. So make it a point to clean both of these things often.

6. Lower Cheek Acne Could Mean Mouth Problems

Lower Cheek Acne Signifies Mouth Problems

This is the area just above the jawline. Breakouts here are related to mouth problems like gingivitis. To prevent them, practice good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing. Switching to more natural toothpastes and mouthwashes may also help.

Face mapping proves that acne isn’t a superficial problem. Pay attention to your pimples, especially if they show up in the same place. It might give you hints on better treatment.

References   [ + ]

1. Menstruation and the menstrual cycle. Office on Women’s Health, U.S Department of Health and Human Services.
2. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. John Hopkins Medicine
3. How stress affects your health. American Psychological Association.
4. Fiber. University of Maryland Medical Center.
5. Fernandez, Melissa Anne, and André Marette. “Potential Health Benefits of Combining Yogurt and Fruits Based on Their Probiotic and Prebiotic Properties.” Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal 8, no. 1 (2017): 155S-164S.