Are there certain areas of your face that you always feel you need to color-correct or hide? If your face had a “trouble spot,” what would it be? Sometimes, those areas that consistently bug you could offer clues about your overall health, according to Chinese medicine.
Breakouts and Acne
Acne may have you feeling a little nervous right now, but where are the breakouts?
Hairline acne probably has more to do with what’s in your shower or bathroom cabinet than what’s going on in your body. In this case, it’s possibly your hair care products. When you use sprays (anything from hairspray dry shampoo), block the product from your skin with your hand, a piece of paper, or a towel. As a side note, your back can also suffer from shampoos and conditioners. If you’re experiencing acne there, try soaping up after you’ve rinsed the conditioner out of your hair.
Acne on your cheeks? You may just need to clean your pillowcase and cell phone more often. Eat more fresh, watery foods, like cucumber (if it’s your left cheek), and be sure to get regular cardio for lung strength (right cheek).
If your breakout is just above your eyebrows or between them, track what you eat throughout the day. Acne above the eyebrows suggests you might be consuming too many processed foods or eating too much fat, while acne between the brows says you may be eating too many rich foods or enjoying too many drinks. Forehead breakouts are usually linked to digestion.
If the breakouts are around your mouth, you may need to increase your fresh fruit and vegetable intake to get your digestive system moving at a healthy pace again.
Acne on your chin and jaw could hint at a hormonal imbalance or problem with your gut health. (If you ran out of your probiotics a little while ago, this could be an easy fix.) Even in these areas, it’s still not necessarily a reason to worry. Is your period starting soon? That can cause a breakout here.
How has your diet been? High-carb and sugary foods could be the culprits, and cutting back may clear your skin right up. If the breakouts are hanging around or keep coming back, consider having your hormone levels checked by a doctor. In the meantime, cut back on caffeine, eat nutrient-dense foods (including healthy fats), exercise regularly, and make sure you’re giving yourself plenty of time to sleep.
Persistent acne on your nose could be linked to high blood pressure, circulation trouble, or even grief. Create and maintain a consistent self-care routine and get moving—at least for a few minutes—each morning to get your blood circulating. Also look at your red meat, spicy food, and salt intakes and decide if those could be contributing.
You could simply be touching your face too much, introducing oil and bacteria to your skin. Do you massage your forehead, rub the bridge of your nose, touch your skin, or rest your head in your hands when stressed or in deep thought?
If you find yourself covering red cheeks with full-coverage foundation, your digestive system may be a little sluggish. Have you been eating foods that feel heavy in your stomach and leave you feeling full longer than you think they should? Is your diet pretty low in fiber, or have you stopped taking your probiotics? Try adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and drink plenty of water.
Does it seem like even the opaquest concealers don’t cut it when it comes to your undereye circles? Problems under the eyes could mean you’re overworking your kidneys and/or liver (with stress, diet, or smoking).
Dark circles could also be a lack of sleep (which gets in the way of the skin’s ability to repair itself) or genetics, but you could be low in iron, stressed, or your skin could be thinning due to age.
If it’s puffiness in the eye area that you’re trying to defeat or at least mask with your makeup arsenal and allergies aren’t to blame, take a look at your diet. Alcohol and excess salt are the most likely culprits. You may need to set a reminder on your phone to go to bed at an earlier time, too.
Not every issue indicates a serious problem – so don’t stress out – but do see a doctor if you’re concerned. If it’s something serious, it’s better to address it as soon as you know, but maybe you really do just need more sleep. (You’ve been telling yourself that for years, right?)