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Face Mapping 101

Ancient medical practitioners have used nuanced observational diagnoses to quickly narrow down symptoms to specific imbalances within the body and upon the skin to help identify and subsequently prevent future disease. These techniques, refined over millennia, can still be used today in your very own bathroom mirror to 'read' the skin on your face and its unique problem-areas, which can help to both estimate and determine what's causing specific flare-ups or blemishes and potentially, why. Enter, "Face Mapping".

Face mapping is an ancient practice rooted in both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In short, face mapping is predicated upon the theory that the skin can reflect our internal health. Just as traditional reflexology attributes zones of the feet to internal organs and meridian theory, face mapping also argues a similar method of zoning points on the face, and attributing them to be 'read' in relation to an ascribed organ or body part.

The art of face mapping can be understood as a skin-decoding enterprise. By identifying both the type and location of symptoms upon the face, this 'reading practice' empowers the practitioner to interpret the messages that our internal body is communicating, so that consequently one can know what to address internally for clear external results. 

Read on for our beginners introduction to face mapping...



According to Ayurveda, the forehead is ruled by the Vata dosha (keep your eyes peeled for a future instalment on our blog regarding doshas!) and relates to the nervous system, liver and digestive system; meaning stress and internal stagnation are probably causing breakouts here. Conditions like IBS can show up here via breakouts or lines. We prescribe a detox fast or consuming lots of dietary fibre, along with several doses of meditation to remedy this trigger.

Also, try Evolve Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum. With the key ingredient of willow bark - which is a natural source of salicylic acid that helps to boost cell turnover and exfoliate without irritation - that provides a smooth and healthy looking complexion. Plus, this product contains Amazonian blend of acai and copaiba, which are proven to decrease sebum production and reduce the appearance of blemishes and open pores, leaving skin clear, calm and matte.


Under the eyes is linked to bodily fluids. Stress or a lack of water can lead to puffiness, eye bags, or dark circles. Plus, puffiness and swollen lower eyelids are said to indicate impaired kidney function. Either increasing, if you drink too little, or decreasing, if you drink too much, water will help, as will measures that kindle the body’s digestive fire, such as adding more spices to your recipes and making sure to thoroughly masticate your food.

Also, try Lernberger Stafsing Eye Cream: eye-deal for waking up sleep-deprived eyes, this featherweight cream features a high concentration of caffeine and green tea to provide a powerful blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to the delicate eye area. 


The cheeks relate to the stomach, spleen, and respiratory system. Patchiness or discoloration on the cheeks can indicate sluggishness of metabolic rate and low absorption of nutrients. Red cheeks may be a sign of stomach inflammation. Additionally, cheeks are linked to lung function (think about how red your face gets during a strenuous workout that has you breathing hard), so pay attention to the quality of your breath and consider yogic breathing exercises. Breakouts in this area may be linked to allergies or sinus issues.

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Both the cheeks and nose are governed by the Pitta dosha (the fire element), thus breakouts here can indicate internal inflammation. The nose is closely related to your circulatory system, so if you find yourself breakout out there, it might indicate a blood pressure issue. To counteract inflammation, we prescribe a Mediterranean diet (and significantly reduce refined carbs and all kinds of processed foods!) - Up the amounts of essential fatty acids in your diet as your body metabolises these fatty acids into compounds called resolvins and protectins, which have anti-inflammatory effects. Skin issues around the nose could also allude to heart-related blockages, showing up in the form of redness or blackheads and oiliness or breakouts, which could be a signs of blood pressure of cholesterol problems. 

Also, try Oskia Floral Water Toner: infused with fresh, hand-harvested petals from rose hydrolat distilled water, as well as a MSM, black carrot juice, hibiscus and vitamin B5 this hard-working yet gentle toner will do wonders to your skin. While rose water rejuvenates, hydrates, softens and calms skin, hibiscus helps to keep skin firm and supple, while it’s natural AHAs help speed up cell turnover for more even looking skin tone and texture. Rich in antioxidants, this formula effectively protects from free radical damage while MSM and vitamin B5 work together to sooth and calm redness, irritation and promotes healing and a strong skin barrier. 


The jawline and chin are a Kapha dosha ruled area. Ever noticed that when your moon is due you get spots on your chin? Well, tale-as-old-as-time across the board, in face mapping the jawline and chin are said to correspond with the hormonal and reproductive system. Thus this area is most likely to allude to hormonal imbalances, which obviously also means you're more likely to break out here around your menstrual cycle. Reducing stress as much as possible, getting adequate sleep and exercising will help banish blemishes around this area.

Also, try Sirocco's Red Kiss Tea: The rounded, full-bodied notes of red berries dominate this fruity mix. It is, however, based on hibiscus blossoms, which not only give the tea its acidity and colour, but also has been known to prevent hypertension, lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar levels, keep your liver healthy and help with menstrual cramps. The power-house ingredients in this tea - hibiscus, rose hip, apple pieces, elderberry, orange peel - are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system and thus nourish the hormonal system. 

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