Face Mapping: Skin Defects That Point to Internal Health Problems

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Face mapping is an ancient Chinese technique that tells a lot about internal health and offers tips on what can be done to improve it.

Modern X-Ray and MRI machines haven’t been around that long, but health problems precede them by centuries.  Ancient medical practitioners turned to observational diagnosis to squeeze symptoms to specific imbalances, and the same techniques can be still used to read them on the face to determine what is causing acne breakout, cracked lips, or excess hair.

Excess Hair on the Face

For some people, excess hair is a result of a condition known as hirsutism. In Chinese Medicine, the chin is associated with the reproductive organs, meaning that excess hair on the face could point to hormone imbalance or a hormonal change in life, such as pregnancy, post-childbirth, or menopause.

Acne Breakout on the Chin

As mentioned above, the chin is associated with reproductive organs, so a breakout on the chin is often a result of the menstrual cycle.

Cracked Lips

While cracked lips which are result of exposure to sun are normal, cracking and dry lips are also associated with gastric/ stomach stress, according to Chinese medicine.

Butterfly Rash on the Cheeks

A small rash on the face is often caused by a bad cosmetic product, climate change, or excessive consumption of sweets. And, it disappears when you eliminate the provoking product. However, if the rash doesn’t go away for an extended period of time, it may be a sign of lupus.  Other symptoms of lupus include fever, fatigue, joint pain, and chest pain.

Forehead Acne

According to Ayurveda, the forehead relates to the digestive system.  Specifically, the lower forehead relates to the intestines and the upper forehead is associated to the bladder. In most cases, acne on the forehead indicates that the digestive system is having trouble processing the food eaten.

Dark Circles and Bags Under the Eyes

Puffiness under the eyes is harmless, as it is usually a result of aging.  The muscles and tissues under the eyes weaken with time, forming mild swelling.  Other factors that might contribute to the development of dark circles include lack of sleep, allergies, dermatitis, and water retention.

Yellowish face and eyes

This problem is a result of waste accumulation in the body and it is typically seen in babies born before 38 weeks in which the liver doesn’t function properly. As for adults, jaundice can point to serious problems like alcohol abuse.  Tip: Check the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.


Cracked lips, rash, acne, excess hair, and other symptoms can have other reasons to appear than the ones listed above. We collected the most common but only a doctor can spot the real cause.