Posted on: November 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm
Last updated: November 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm

One of the last things you want to see in the morning is a new pimple poking it’s way out of your skin. Unfortunately, if you’re one of those people who find that they always seem to have acne cropping up in the same place every few weeks, it could be an indication of an underlying health problem. Luckily, traditional Chinese medicine has a solution: face mapping.

What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is a set of healing modalities that believe that all things in nature are interrelated, interconnected, and possessed an energy force called Qi (pronounced Chi) [1]. In TCM, it is believed that there are 5 different pillars of health in the body[2]:


Our life force, it directs and determines the body’s energy state, and it is predominantly either Yin (passive) or Yang (active) in nature. It flows through the entire body via the meridian network.



It nourishes and maintains the body.


Translated as the essence of the body, it is the basis of reproduction, growth, ripening and withering. Ongoing development through life corresponds to changes in the body’s Jing.


Also known as the spirit, which is the capacity to form ideas and the desire to live life. Shen is Yang in nature.


These are bodily liquids other than blood and include sweat, urine, gastric juices and saliva. Their function is to moisten and lubricate the hair, skin, membranes, orifices, muscles, organs and flesh.

Western medicine considers every organ to be individual and separate from the other organs in the body. TCM, however, sees the body as a whole. TCM also doesn’t look at just the physical causes, but also examines the spiritual and mental health of the patient as they are all connected [2].

Face Mapping

In TCM, the face is one of the biggest indicators of what is going on with our bodies. By looking at the skin condition and changes, we can see what imbalances are occurring in our bodies. Face mapping looks at each part of the face is linked to a certain part of the body; in general, red, pustular breakouts are indicative of Yang-type energy, and oily, whitehead or blackhead prone breakouts are indicative of Yin-type energy. Lines indicate a long-term imbalance or stress, while breakouts indicate a more short-term imbalance or stress [2].

Looking to find out what your breakouts mean? Here’s what your face may be trying to tell you [3].



If you break out a lot on your forehead, it probably has something to do with your digestive system. It could mean that you’re having a hard time breaking down certain foods or it may indicate liver problems, stress, or an irregular sleep schedule. Consider using bitter herbs or digestive enzymes before meals to help breakdown foods. If you think it could be your liver, try dandelion tea or drinking warm lemon water in the morning.

For a great bitter herb supplement before meals, try this Certified Organic Digestive Bitters or these Digestive Enzymes PLUS Prebiotics & Probiotics to help your digestive system and prevent any future breakouts.

Between The Brows

Breakouts here are usually linked to eating unhealthy food. Another reason could be excessive alcohol consumption. If you wake up from a night out after consuming one too many alcoholic beverages, this could be an indicator.



Breakouts on your cheek can be caused by a number of reasons. If you spend a lot of time in the city or sitting in traffic, polluted air could be one of the causes. Allergies that affect the respiratory system may also be to blame, or if you pressed your cell phone against your skin while talking, germs may have been transferred to your face. Another possible cause could be too much sugar in your diet. Cut back for a few days and see if the breakout reduces.

Try to keep some air-purifying plants in your home, and always make sure to properly cleanse your face with a good cleanser to keep further breakouts from happening. Try this Coconut Milk and Honey Face Cleanser to clean your face after a long day facing the elements.


If you breakout here, it could be due to hormonal changes in the body, especially around the time of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Consider eating foods that help regulate your natural hormonal cycles. Also be sure you’re not resting your chin in your hands when bored or tired, as this can transfer oils from your fingers onto your chin, which can cause pimples.

There you have it; now those mysterious breakouts aren’t so mysterious anymore all thanks to TCM and face mapping.

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