Did you know that your face is a picture representation of what is going on throughout your body?
The Ancient art of face mapping is a theory with thousands of years of history rooted in both ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic (Hindu) medicine. Techniques of face mapping can pinpoint ailments like acne and redness of the skin on the face to health and functioning of major organs in the body. Allergies, stress and hormone variances can manifest themselves in lines, puffiness, redness and sagging of the skin.
Chapman Lee, a Chinese scholar and co-founder of the skincare line Baszicare, explains “Face mapping is the ability to see the reflection of the body’s organs on each part of the face by observing the face’s complexion — such as luster, dullness and color [and breakouts!] — as well as the tongue and face expression.”
Dermatological science notes that skin conditions manifesting on the face can have their root causes in one or more of the following:
- Poor sleep
- Over exposure to artificial light
- Hormone imbalances
- A compromised immune system
- Poor gut health
- Environmental exposure to irritants such as suncream and cosmetics
- Underlying diseases e.g. diabetes
- Poor hygiene
So how is face mapping of benefit to us?
As with many approaches to our wellness and thriving, we need to take a holistic view of our health. Utilizing this wisdom of face mapping can be an extra indicator to enlightening an awareness of our inner health and wellbeing.
Face mapping specialists divide the face into 10 different zones that may reveal underlying conditions:
- Poor kidney function can manifest itself with puffiness under the eyes
- Stomach irregularities and dysfunction of the liver and lungs may result in red cheeks
- An immune system that is under severe stress may result in a red rash or irritation around the neck
- High blood pressure, inflammation or heart related issues may reveal themselves with a reddened nose or breakouts/ lines above the eyebrows
- Imbalances in the reproductive system or colon and stomach may manifest with an acne-type break out around the mouth and on the jaw/ chin area
- Kidney, bladder, spleen and stomach imbalance may represent itself with a breakout above the eyebrows or nose area
- Unmanaged stress, poor digestion and lack of sleep may evidence itself as blemishes on the forehead
Whilst empirical scientists may argue that there is no evidence to support face mapping, there is research showing that certain types of skin conditions on the face can be representative of hormonal issues, stress and immune reactions. A 2019 study revealed that parts of the face are impacted by lifestyle changes.
So, if we are passionate about living a life of thriving, ancient wisdoms such as these can be:
- useful and insightful conduits for us to
- engage more deeply with our bodies,
- listen to what they are revealing to us from the inside out,
- and potentially take heed of the signs our body is giving us
- to change small aspects in our lifestyles and
- yield visibly improved results.