Is your skin trying to tell you something?
Skin is the body's largest organ, covering around 1.8 square metres. Not only does your skin protect you from the elements, it also allows you to feel heat, cold and touch and it regulates body temperature. Skin is made up of three layers:
- Epidermis – the outermost layer of skin which creates your skin tone
- Dermis – the next layer, which contains the sweat glands, hair follicles and connective tissue
- Hyodermis – the deepest layer, which contains connective tissue and fat
Skin conditions or acne can often be an indication of an underlying problem, such as illness or allergies. If you suffer from breakouts in the same place or at a specific time of the month, this could be indicative of other health issues. Or your breakouts could be linked to your diet - eating processed and sugary foods or 'bad fats' can affect your skin, and there are steps you can take to satisfy your sweet tooth and banish your cravings.
Analysing the information
When you get a spot, redness, irritation or flaky skin, your skin is trying to tell you something – but what is it saying? To better understand the message being sent, you could use acne face mapping,a technique used by many dermatologists and alternative practitioners to analyse what your skin is saying about your overall health.
Read on to find out more about which areas of your face relate to specific conditions or problems.
Breakouts on your forehead can indicate issues with your digestive system. You may notice dry skin here if you're not drinking enough water, or spots if you have over-indulged in fatty foods or junk food. Add more fruit and vegetables to your diet and try to include more lean sources of protein such as chicken and eggs.
The area between your eyebrows is linked to liver function and breakouts here could indicate food allergies or over-consumption of alcohol or dairy products. Improve your liver function by cutting out or reducing your alcohol consumption. Try swapping cow's milk for almond or soya milk and make sure you get at least 30 minutes exercise a day – something gentle and de-stressing such as yoga is ideal.
Irritation or breakouts on your nose are linked to vitamin B levels and blood pressure. Eating spicy foods or high fat foods could cause spots here. Replace 'bad fats' with foods rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 such as salmon, avocados, nuts and flaxseed, which are great sprinkled on salads or baked into bread.
Your cheeks are the first place you'll see spots if you smoke or suffer from allergies of any kind, however breakouts here could also be indicative of your body overheating. Get plenty of fresh air, wash your bedding frequently and avoid meat, dairy, caffeine and sugar, which all make the body more acidic. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, which have an alkalising effect.
Your chin is the first place hormonal or stress-related spots will appear. Unfortunately, this often means breakouts in this area are hard to avoid completely, but there are things you can do to keep them at bay. Make sure you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep, drink plenty of water, use gentle, natural skin care products and eat green leafy vegetables to promote clearer skin. Drinking green tea can also be helpful, to eliminate toxins.
Listening to what your skin is saying can help you to enjoy clearer skin with fewer breakouts, but it can also benefit your whole body. If your digestive system or liver are not functioning as they should, your skin is often the first place to suffer. Pay attention to ensure you stay happy and healthy!