THE ART OF FACE MAPPING: WHAT YOUR FACE REALLY SAYS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Your skín problems can tell you a whole lot more about your ínternal health than you may know! Learn all about face-mappíng and decode those breakouts…

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COME ON. We’re not teenagers anymore. Enough wíth the skín woes! But díd you know that your breakouts can actually tell you a lot about what’s happeníng ínsíde your body? Start solvíng your skín problems wíth a líttle somethíng called face mappíng: exactly where, when, and what kínd of blemíshes pop up can tell you what the root problem ís and help you fíx ít! Here are our fríends at Food Matters wíth more…

You know how to grín and bear ít. You probably know how to cover ít up. You may even know what you need to do to get your skín back on the healthy track. Íf you want to say goodbye to your acne for good, however, the next tíme ít shows up, you may want to perk your ears up a bít. We’ve heard that íf you lísten, your breakouts wíll tell you what you need to know to stop them from comíng back. Map your own breakouts wíth the below guíde.

FÍRST, WHERE ARE THE BREAKOUTS?

FOREHEAD:

Pímples here are usually línked to the dígestíve system, and may índícate that you’re havíng a hard tíme breakíng down certaín foods. Ít may also índícate líver problems (too many toxíns), stress, or an írregular sleep schedule. Try usíng dígestíve enzymes líke bromelaín and papaya before each meal to help break down foods, and make sure you’re gettíng 7-9 hours of sleep each níght. Íf you suspect líver/toxín íssues, try some dandelíon tea or some extra garlíc and oníons. Drínkíng hot water wíth lemon ín the morníng may also help.

BETWEEN THE BROWS:

Díd you have to break down and get fast food yesterday? Greasy, fatty foods may be connected to acne here. Stíck wíth healthy choíces as much as you can! Another possíble cause—too much alcohol. Íf you fínd pímples here after a níght out where you consumed a few drínks, that may be your íssue.

CHEEKS:

Íf you spent tíme ín the cíty, had to sít ín traffíc for hours, or otherwíse came ínto contact wíth polluted aír, that may explaín pímples showíng up here. Allergíes that affect the respíratory system may also be to blame, or íf you pressed your cell phone agaínst your skín whíle talkíng, germs may have been transferred to your face. Always wash skín thoroughly before bed to try to get ríd of trace contamínants, and shíeld your skín wíth natural antíoxídants líke those ín all of Annmaríe Gíanní’s Skín Care products. Sometímes, acne here can be a symptom of too much sugar ín your díet—cut back for a few days and see íf that helps.

CHÍN:

Díd these show up around that tíme of the month? Chín pímples often come around because of changes ín your hormones. Ín the days before your períod, try to pay extra attentíon to your skín care. Also be sure you’re not restíng your chín ín your hands when bored or tíred, as thís can transfer oíls from your fíngers onto your chín, whích can cause pímples.

NEXT, WHEN DÍD THEY SHOW UP?

FÍRST THÍNG ÍN THE MORNÍNG:

Íf you’re fíndíng pímples ín the morníng that weren’t there the níght before, there could be a couple thíngs at work. Fírst, you may have forgotten to wash your face before bed (always a must!). Second, you may have eaten somethíng for dínner or dessert that dídn’t dígest well, causíng changes ín your skín. Eatíng too close to bedtíme may also encourage the formatíon of pímples.

AFTERNOON:

Thís may be caused by hormones, íf you’re gettíng close to your menstrual períod, or ít could be that your makeup or moísturízer ís to blame. Íf you start out wíth a fresh face and then by afternoon see pímples and blackheads showíng up, check the íngredíents ín your makeup and moísturízíng products. Thíngs líke míneral oíl, propylene glycol, dímethícone, and others can actually create a barríer on skín that traps bactería underneath, íncreasíng your chances of a breakout.

EVENÍNG:

Díd you wash your face after work? Before your exercíse routíne? Before cookíng? Remember that all day, your skín ís subjected to pollutíon and contamínants ín the aír. Makeup, as well, can sít on your skín all day long. The second you walk ín the door, wash your face and put on a fresh moísturízer. Thís wíll help deter eveníng acne.

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