Facial Blemish Map Reveals These Internal Health Problems

acne face map

By Jacob Levine

As the most predominantly visible organ of your body – your skin and its appearance are often directly tied to the condition of your internal organs and the overall state of your health.  When you live a healthy lifestyle that includes drinking lots of water, eating food that is better for you, and getting plenty of sleep each night, you skin tends to reflect this balance by staying clear of blemishes. On the other hand, if you are lacking in exercise, are prone to stress in your daily life, and frequently consume caffeine and alcohol, you’re much more likely to develop blemishes.

We may understand why we get break-outs, but where they materialize on our faces often appears completely random. At one point or another, they may occur on the nose, cheek, forehead, or chin for seemingly no reason at all.

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However, dermatologists can take a look at our faces and clearly see indications of what might be ailing us inside. Everything from our rollercoaster of hormone levels to dehydration is mapped out on our skin—especially if they arise on certain areas of the face.

What Blemishes Mean on Different Regions of Your Face – an Acne Face Map


It’s true that break-outs that develop on your forehead could stem from something as simple as forgetting to remove your makeup or having the sweat from greasy hair get onto your face. Yet your forehead also will develop blemishes when your body is having difficulty breaking down food, such as if you’re eating too quickly, have an unhealthy or malnourished diet, or even if you have a virus. Additionally, it can be a warning sign of bladder issues, dehydration, a lack of sleep, and stress.

The Fix:

  • Drink more water; the recommended amount is eight glasses per day. You should drink your first glass immediately after waking up.
  • Sleep for no less than seven hours each night.
  • Add fruits and vegetables that are rich in enzymes to your diet, such as avocado, mango, olive oil, papaya, and pineapple.

Between Your Eyes (T-Zone)

The area between your eyes, also known as the top of your T-zone, is especially sensitive to dehydration, oily and fatty foods, and the toxins from alcohol. The main perpetrators of blemishes in this area are fast food and alcohol.

Fast food is often cooked using fats and oils that throw your stomach into an unbalanced state, and the sugars in these foods mess with your insulin resistance and your hormones. Alcohol affects your stomach’s acid and forces toxins into other regions of your body.

The Fix:

  • Eliminate sugary and fatty foods from your diet.
  • Cut back on alcohol.

Under-Eyes, Temples, and Ears

Blemishes here can be related not only to stress and lack of sleep, but also to dehydration and the condition of your kidneys.

The Fix:

  • Get no less than seven hours of sleep each night.
  • Drink the recommended eight glasses of water per day and drink your first glass immediately upon waking up.


Your nose knows—that is, your nose knows whether you are experiencing grief, anxiety, repressed anger, or depression. Breakouts here are also indicative of excessive alcohol and bad fat consumption, an overabundance of stress, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol.

The Fix:

  • Substitute processed meats for peanut butter and avocadoes for more “good” fats and less “bad” fats.
  • Keep your cholesterol in-check by eating fiber-rich foods.
  • Lower inflammation by avoiding spicy foods.
  • Exercise the amount recommended by the American Health Association—at least thirty minutes of moderate to strenuous exercise on three days each week, with more exercise to increase circulation.


Your cheeks have ties to your respiratory system and can be irritated by air pollution, cigarette smoke, allergies, asthma, or not getting enough exercise. The upper portions of your cheeks give away the condition of your sinuses, while the lower portions of your cheeks are associated with your mouth. Your right cheek indicates your lung health, while your left cheek can reveal how your liver is doing. If you consume too much sugar or have gum disease, your cheeks can also be affected.

The Fix:

  • Eat less sugar and dairy.
  • Eat fruits like strawberries, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, and grapefruit, which are hydrating.
  • Try meditation and yoga, and engage in gentler forms of aerobic exercise.
  • Use a cleanser to eliminate bacteria, finding one that works for you.


The chin is the most common place for hormonal blemishes to occur, especially as a teenager, during your twenties and thirties as your body undergoes physical changes, or during your period. Unhealthy foods and dehydration also bring on breakouts here.

The Fix:

  • Drink the recommended amount of water—eight glasses—each day, drinking your first glass upon waking.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables like pineapple, olive oil, papaya, mango, and avocado, which are rich in enzymes.
  • In extreme cases, talk to your doctor about switching your contraceptive pill to balance your hormone levels.


The blemishes that develop here mainly result from an excess of unhealthy, greasy foods.

The Fix:

  • Reduce the amount of processed foods you eat, as well as the amount of sugar and dairy you consume.
  • Eat fruits like grapefruit, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, and strawberries, which are good for hydration.
  • Swap out processed meats and replace them with avocadoes and peanut butter for a shift toward “good” fats and away from “bad” fats.


The skin on your neck is mostly concerned with your thyroid health. If you have an under-active thyroid, you’ll likely have lower levels of progesterone—a key hormone in preventing acne—as there is less of the thyroid hormone available to transform cholesterol into progesterone.

The Fix:

  • Get more vitamin A in your diet
  • Talk to your doctor about taking a contraceptive pill that will raise your progesterone levels.

Source: Daily Mail

Jacob Levine is a writer and content specialist for the Skin & Vein Center, a leading Michigan dermatology center. For more information, visit our site today.

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