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Nobody likes to have skin problems. Traditional Chinese medicine face mapping can help remedy the problems that traditional dermatology and topical products simply can’t solve. Here’s what you need to know about Chinese face mapping and the insight it can offer into your health.

What is Face Mapping in Chinese Medicine?

Face mapping, also called mien shiang, is a 3,000-year-old practice included in traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese practitioners developed the practice of face mapping over thousands of years working with patience in a clinical setting, which is very different from how conventional medicine works today. Thanks to this unique approach, face mapping can be a valuable tool for evaluating your health, inside and out.


The general idea is that body imbalances inside the body are shown outwardly via pimples, redness, dryness, and other skin symptoms. The locations of these skin issues indicate the affected internal organs causing the problem. The foundation of these theories is based on the flow of qi through the body’s organs. In the traditional Chinese medicine school of thought, most skin issues can be tied to blood circulation, the kidneys, stress, or digestion issues.




Common Skin Conditions on the Forehead

Spots and blackheads around the temples, brows, and hairline are most common. This often includes pimples along and even inside the eyebrows.

The Underlying Issue

Skin issues on and around the forehead correlate to the spleen and brain function. Prolonged exposure to excess stress hormones like cortisol can cause blemishes and acne.

How to Remedy the Problem

If you’ve developed skin issues along your forehead, take that as a sign to put in some serious de-stressing time. If you can, take a few things off your workload or even take some time away from your regular responsibilities. Indulge in some relaxing activities. Or try yoga or meditation.



Common Skin Conditions on the Cheeks

The cheeks tend to be prone to redness, rosacea, inflammation, irritation, and general over-sensitivity.

The Underlying Issue

Skin problems on the cheeks are tied to diet. These can be due to food intolerances (often to gluten), too many histamines in your diet, or excess refined sugars.

How to Remedy the Problem

Dairy, fermented foods, fruits, and processed foods can all contain histamines. If these play a big role in your daily diet, try cutting them out for a while to see if you notice an improvement in your skin issues along your cheeks.

If redness and sensitivity are your biggest issues, gluten or excess refined sugars can very well be the source of the problem. Try eliminating them for a few weeks and see if that solves the problem.



Common Skin Conditions on the Nose

Dry, flaky skin or red inflammation along the sides or bridge of the nose. You may also see dark spots around your mouth. Clusters of blackheads along the nose, chin, and mouth are also common.

The Underlying Issue

Skin problems around your nose correlate to digestive issues. While these can be isolated incidents, they may also be an indicator of a more chronic condition like irritable bowel syndrome. Consider both if you’re dealing with this problem.

Redness or dry, flaky skin along the sides of the nose or dark spots on the sides of the mouth, if paired with blackheads or pimples on your chin, can all together indicate slow digestion and delayed bowel movements. This can often coincide with bloating in the stomach or the spleen.

The sides of the nostrils also correlate with the large intestine, which is a crucial part of your gut health. If that’s where most of your blackheads gather, consider taking steps to improve your gut flora (more on that in a second).

How to Remedy the Problem

Try adding nourishing, gut-healthy foods to your diet. Bone broth is a particularly good option, as it hydrates and heals at the same time. While you’re hydrating, however, avoid cold beverages. Instead, warm up with hot teas. Forego ice water for room-temperature water for a while. Avoid overly salty foods as well, as they can interfere with all that lovely hydration you’re working on.

It is very important to know how to identify each of these to apply the correct treatment.

In excesses, the strategy will be to remove the extra, and in the insufficiencies to give what is missing.


Common Skin Conditions on the Mouth

Small cracks around the mouth, dry lips, and acne around the mouth and jaw.

The Underlying Issue

Skin problems around the mouth have been linked to hormonal issues like PCOS, the liver, intestines, and the bowels.


How to Remedy the Problem

If you’re noticing cracks around your mouth, that’s an indicator of dehydration. If left unchecked, it often affects intestine function. Drink lots of fluids to get your bowels moving and to reduce dryness.


Hormonal issues like PMS or PCOS are often associated with red, hot, red, and inflamed acne around the mouth and jawline. These can be pus-filled, but don’t necessarily have to be. This also often comes along with painful periods and excessive PMS symptoms. The solution to this is to get your liver energy moving and to rejuvenate your blood energy, as hormonal imbalances and menstruation can throw both of those systems off. Shortly before your period starts, indulge in a glass of red wine and a steak to help prevent these problems and revitalize your body.



Common Skin Conditions on the Jawline

Blackheads, whiteheads, collagen issues, and skin textural issues.

The Underlying Issue

Skin problems on the jawline are correlated to the gallbladder, testosterone, fatty foods, and alcohol consumption. Imbalanced testosterone levels can also throw estrogen out of whack, affecting collagen and skin issues.

How to Remedy the Problem

Blackheads along the jawline that extend onto the neck and throat can indicate a testosterone hormone imbalance. In traditional Chinese medicine, this is linked to the gallbladder system. Add steamed leafy greens, animal proteins (for the B vitamins), and salt to help fix this issue.

If you’re noticing inflamed whiteheads along your jawline, that can indicate you have too much alcohol and fatty food in your diet. Try cutting back on those. Add in steamed vegetables and healthy amounts of ginger to repair and recover.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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