Have you ever had an important day and then wake up, look in the mirror and then you see this huge, ginormous acne on your cheeks? As it turns out, the spot where your acne shows up can tell you more things other than just oil and skin buildup.
Scholars in India, where Ayurveda medicine is practiced, use the face map for acne to tell which part of our internal body has issues that need to be addressed. Even now, thousands of years later, we can use this face mapping technique to tell what’s causing that zit on your face. Let’s find out.
Acne on your forehead tells you that you may be eating a diet that is high in sugar, processed, or fatty foods since this part of the face is connected to the digestive and nervous system. Having frequent all-nighters and overtime work may also cause your forehead to breakout often. It would be best to switch your diet to a healthier one. Eating more fruits and vegetables and opting for proteins and whole grains can help minimize your breakouts.
Also, try to have a regular sleeping pattern. Get six to eight hours of sleep as often as you can. Loosen up a bit by taking regular breaks during school or work or have leisurely walks to the park every now and then. This can help lower your stress levels and therefore lessen the chances of having breakouts in this area.
Using a gentle face cleanser like our Acne Cleanser. It has organic aloe vera and tea tree oil that will help get rid of acne-causing bacteria and dissolve excess oil that can clog your pores.
Your hairline is the small part of your skin where your head and face are connected. When you use hair products or makeup that contains oil or harsh chemicals, your pores can get clogged up with the layers of products that may have been left even after washing. This causes what is called “pomade acne”.
The best way to take care of this issue is to cleanse your face up to your hairline and use a mild cleanser that won’t irritate your skin. Make sure to follow up with our Charcoal Skin Clearing Mask for a gentle deep cleansing action that detoxifies your pores and draws out acne-causing bacteria and other skin impurities.
Don’t you ever get bothered about that one stingy acne on your cheek that, for some reason, has already made a home in that area? Don’t you want to just pop it and forget it ever happened? Well, you better resist the urge to do so as touching your face and popping that pesky pimple can actually just make things worse.
What you can do instead is to check up on all the things you get close to your face frequently. Your cellphone, pillowcase, or makeup brush can be breeding grounds for dirt and bacteria that’s accumulated and can transfer to your skin when you use them. This type of acne is what dermatologists call “acne mechanica” and is caused by dirty stuff you hold close to your face.
Experts recommend keeping your hands away from your face (yes, we know it’s hard, but trust us on this). Change your pillowcase with a fresh one every two to three days. Also, don’t forget that pillows are very porous, meaning they have spaces and holes where air carrying dirt and germs can pass, so be sure to throw them in the laundry every six months.
If you wear makeup, invest in a good quality makeup brush that is soft and non-irritating. Brushes that are often used on your face itself should be cleaned at least once a week, while eye brushes must be cleaned at least twice a month.
Your cellphone should also be clean before you put it on your cheeks, so make sure to bring a clean cotton to wipe it up before saying “hello” to your caller, or use earphones instead.
Blemishes that show in these two areas may indicate a few things. Aside from giving you a heads up about your monthly “red days”, it may also be caused by other hormonal changes in your body due to puberty, pregnancy, or stress. This type of acne is called “hormonal acne”.
Indulging in sweet guilty pleasures and dairy products is not bad once in a while, but too much of these can also increase your risk of having acne in the chin and jaw area. So hold off on that chocolatey goodness over vanilla ice cream and opt for non-dairy health snacks and nuts like almonds and peanuts instead.
Avoid products that can irritate your skin or clog your pores. Look for skincare products that have aloe vera, tea tree oil, or green tea in the main ingredients. Viva Glow’s Green Tea Cleanser is rich in antioxidant ingredients and vitamins that will strip away makeup and grime off your skin. Our Restore and Protect Moisturizer is rich in aloe vera to maintain your skin’s moisture. Use these two in combination to give your skin a fighting chance at preventing acne.
Using face map to identify your acne triggers can help you understand what’s happening to your body both inside and out. Know what these are and follow our recommendations so you can rescue your skin even before those breakouts begin.