One common statement I tend to hear from clients is that they are using all of these great skin care products but their skin is still breaking out. The answer is because what is going on inside of your body is a reflection of what is happening through your skin, the skin on your face is an expression of your internal health.
Traditional Chinese medicine suggests that a weakness or toxicity in a certain organ or gland in the body can result in acne showing up in certain areas of the skin.
Our daily lifestyle, food intake, and stress levels all factor into how our skin looks, and when we are not properly nourishing our bodies and organs our skin suffers.
The small intestines, liver, and heart also known as the Tzone, are connected inside the body when it comes to breakouts. If you find yourself breaking out in these areas some of its main causes can be stress, toxins, too many sugary drinks, irregular sleep, processed foods, and alcohol. Cutting back on fatty foods such as cheeses, milk, and hydrogenated oils can help clear up breakouts in this area. Blemishes found on the nose are connected to the heart which could indicate high blood pressure or circulation issues. Decrease your intake of coffee, meats, alcohol, and spicy foods. To clear up the Tzone increase your intake of essential fatty acids (Omega-III), as well as digestive enzymes and probiotics. *Everyone should take these products to maintain healthy skin.
The bladder is connected to poor digestion, breakouts are commonly found on the sides of the forehead, and temple area. The body can have a hard time breaking down certain foods, incorporate more raw fruits and veggies to your diet. Try eliminating wheat and dairy while stepping up your water intake, and consume more cool foods like cucumbers and melons.
The ears and eyes are connected to the kidneys and liver. Drink more water while cutting down your coffee and alcohol intake, which is dehydrating and causes dark circles and bags under the eyes.
The cheeks and lips are connected to the Stomach. The two most common reasons for breakouts on the cheeks are dirty cell phones and pillowcases. Make sure to clean your pillowcases every week and wipe your phone screen with some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel to kill any bacteria that has been left on your screen. Polluted air is another cause for cheek breakouts, especially in individuals who smoke or are around individuals who smoke. Get more fresh air, cut down on acidic foods (meat, dairy, caffeine, sugar), add more foods that contain fiber and are alkaline (dark greens).
The chin is connected to the kidney and bladder. Stress, hormones, and sugary foods can cause more inflammation in this area. For woman, your monthly cycle and a change in hormones (new birth control) can cause breakouts here on it’s own. *Breakouts here can also indicate when you are ovulating and on which side. Increase your water intake! During hormonal changes it is important to cut down on creamy, starchy, fried foods, as well as wine, gluten, soy, and peanut butter. Products containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can help calm and prevent these breakouts.
There are times that you may find a breakout on your neck or chest, this is usually an indication that there is a lot of stress going on inside the body or a possible illness. Breakouts can indicate the body is fighting bacteria. Take a nap and drink more water. Antibiotics can cause breakouts in these areas as well, it is important to take probiotics daily. Make sure to wait 3 hours before taking your probiotic after a perscribed antibiotic.