When a new pimple pops up, we tend to blame it on the same things. Lack of sleep, sloppy makeup removal, filthy makeup brushes—everything, really, except what our bodies might be trying to tell us.
Apparently, there’s much more to recurring acne than clogged pores and hormonal glitches. According to the ancient Chinese practice of face mapping, your breakouts are often trigged by a very specific bodily issue. Monster zits on your forehead? Your digestive system might be acting up. Spots all over your cheeks? Those post-lunch cigarettes could be the culprits. Basically, different body parts are delicately interconnected to your skin condition. When one part goes out of whack, your face eventually shows it.

So, where have your zits been surfacing recently? Learn how to interpret your bodily signs with our quick guide to Face Mapping 101!

THE CULPRIT: Too much junk food

Forehead breakouts are often the result of a struggling digestive system. Since processed foods are more difficult for the body to break down, it’s common to see spots above your brow after one too many Cheetos.

THE FIX: Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. These vitamin-rich foods promote a happier tummy and help heal your skin from the inside out. Like the health gurus always say, you are what you eat!

THE CULPRIT: Excessive alcohol and tobacco intake

Your between-the-brow breakouts could indicate an impaired liver function. Drinking and smoking, in particular, trigger liver inflammation. This wreaks havoc on your internal organs—and consequently, your skin.

THE FIX: Skip happy hour for a solid gym sesh. Regular exercise relieves inflammation and flushes out harmful toxins. Oh, and don’t forget to stay hydrated!

THE CULPRIT: Stress and fatigue

Any basic anatomy diagram will show you that your nose is connected to your heart. So, when your blood flow or blood pressure changes due to stress, expect your schnoz to show the damage.

THE FIX: Make sure to get plenty of rest. Your body needs time to recover from everyday fatigue, but the recommended eight hours of sleep should be enough. Besides that, avoiding coffee also prevents caffeine from messing with your blood pressure levels.

THE CULPRIT: Pollution and allergies

Since pores are usually the largest on your cheeks, they’re more vulnerable to external pollutants. This directly affects your respiratory system. And that causes allergy breakouts, lack of oxygen, and impaired breathing.

THE FIX: Do keep your surroundings as clean as possible. This includes wiping down your phone and washing your linens, since these often touch your face. Eventually, you might even want to invest in an air purifier.

THE CULPRIT: Hormonal imbalance

Is it that time of month already? We’re sure you already know the struggles of PMS. But if your chin is spottier than usual, expect a visit from Auntie Flow very soon.

THE FIX: While there’s not much you can do to prevent hormonal breakouts, eating clean and managing stress efficiently is your best bet. Why not invest in a few yoga classes? Not only does this form of exercise clear the mind, but it also restores balance to unstable hormones.

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