Skin Mapping

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for so many years (and even sometimes to this day) I’ve struggled with skin sensitives. From pimples and acne to enlarged pores and rashes, it’s something that has definitely impacted my confidence and self-esteem. I’ve come along way and I put Ayurveda and meditation as my cure.  

But rewind to before I discovered Ayurveda, I tried absolutely everything to fix it. From trendy diets to every painful beauty treatment you can possibly imagine. I floated between the department store cosmetic counters and tried many expensive products and still had no luck.

Then I learnt to meditate. It calmed me down, and it also calmed my skin down.  

Over time through my daily meditation practice, my awareness around myself began to increase and I began to realise the incompatible, stressful and somewhat yo-yo diet and lifestyle I was living was the root cause of my skin condition. 

I learnt through Ayurveda that I was a pitta, and pitta types are prone to inflammation and skin disease, so all of the stress, alcohol and coffee really wasn’t doing me any favours as these all increase pitta.

BUT, I didn’t know. And still so many people don’t know what ‘Ayurveda’ is. 

Cut a long story short, cool your pitta, and you cool your skin. 

 WHAT IS PITTA?

Pitta (fire and water) is principle of heat, digestion and all transformation in the body. Pitta is the acid secretion from the stomach, bile from the liver, and inflammation.

The qualities of pitta are hot (stimulates digestive fire, improves digestion), sharp (promotes absorption and assimilation), oily (supports movement by imparting softness), light/moderate (reduces body bulk) and penetrating. 

Physically, pitta-types have a well-developed physique, muscular, strong with a precise and convincing voice. Their skin is soft and warm with some freckles, moles and a tendency to redness, rashes and pimples. 

Mentally, their mind is alert, focused, often discriminating and judgmental. 

Emotionally, they tend toward anger, irritability, and jealousy. 

They have a good appetite and are always hungry. In fact, they get angry when they’re hungry. 

Factors that impact PITTA

High pressure jobs, working long hours, hot climates, hectic/busy lifestyle, lack of sleep, suppressed anger, regular use of coffee, eating too much hot, oily foods, seafood, alcohol, eating acidic foods like tomato and soy sauce. 

This translates into the common PITTA symptoms

Yellow skin, boils, rashes, pimples, hyper-acidity, red eyes, headache, anger, frustration, impatient, short-tempered, inflammation, high blood pressure, gallbladder problems, liver disorders, gastric ulcers, mouth ulcers, psoriasis, eczema, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and hot flushes. 

So how to balance PITTA? Moderation is the key.

  • Keep cool. Avoid hot temperatures and hot food.

  • Avoid stimulants. 

  • Avoid pungent, sour, salty tastes and oily foods.

  • Avoid red meat, tomato, soy sauce, alcohol and coffee.

  • Allow for leisure. Do not overwork.

  • Eat regularly, especially lunch. 

  • Daily body massage with cooling oil such as coconut. Massage removes excess body heat.

  • Walk barefoot on the grass. It’s super cooling. 

  • Look after your eyes. Apply rose water to cool them.

  • Apply stress-release techniques to your life. Deep breathing, yoga and meditation are a good place to start.

  • Topically, neem, sandlewood, turmeric, and aloe vera andall good for pitta skin for their cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. 

our skin is reflection our inside. Follow a Pitta balancing diet and lifestyle, and like me you might notice and incredible improvement. 

It will calm the skin, so that when you go to the beauty or laser clinic, you will actually see results. Modern technology and products are amazing and they do work, but only when you are looking after your insides as well. Your skin will heal faster from the procedures because you are healthy and in balance. 

Skin mapping, also known as face mapping, is a technique originally used in ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The idea is that the face is a mirror of your health – various areas, or “zones,” of the face correlate to specific organs and reveal their condition. Face mapping guides you to look beyond the surface and treat the underlying cause of a skin condition.

The below information is curtesy of my college, The Institute for Integrative nutrition:

Forehead   The forehead is a window to theliver and gallbladder. Excessive fat consumption and/or too much alcohol may cause breakouts in this area.  Balance your system by minimizing rich foods and alcoholic beverages and drinking plenty of herbal tea and fresh water. Milk thistle and burdock root are often used to help support liver and gallbladder health.

Forehead

The forehead is a window to theliver and gallbladder. Excessive fat consumption and/or too much alcohol may cause breakouts in this area.

Balance your system by minimizing rich foods and alcoholic beverages and drinking plenty of herbal tea and fresh water. Milk thistle and burdock root are often used to help support liver and gallbladder health.

BETWEEN THE EYEBROWS   The area between your eyebrows, also known as the “third eye,” is said to be connected to your stomach and liver. Poor digestion and toxic buildup may lead to blemishes in this area.  Try an elimination diet to rule out any allergies or intolerances and consider a gentle cleanse. Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can also improve digestive health.

BETWEEN THE EYEBROWS

The area between your eyebrows, also known as the “third eye,” is said to be connected to your stomach and liver. Poor digestion and toxic buildup may lead to blemishes in this area.

Try an elimination diet to rule out any allergies or intolerances and consider a gentle cleanse. Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can also improve digestive health.

TEMPLES AND BROW LINE   The temples and brow line correlate to the kidneys. Issues in this region could indicate dehydration and/or overworked kidneys. Low back pain typically goes hand-in-hand with these symptoms.  Try drinking more water and including superfoods, such as kale, spinach, berries, and algae, in your diet.

TEMPLES AND BROW LINE

The temples and brow line correlate to the kidneys. Issues in this region could indicate dehydration and/or overworked kidneys. Low back pain typically goes hand-in-hand with these symptoms.

Try drinking more water and including superfoods, such as kale, spinach, berries, and algae, in your diet.

UNDER THE EYES   The area under your eyes represents the condition of the stomach, kidneys, and liver.  If you’re experiencing puffiness or dark circles under your eyes, consider reducing or removing alcohol, caffeine, and sugar from your diet. Drink plenty of water and detoxifying tea and make sure you to get enough quality sleep.

UNDER THE EYES

The area under your eyes represents the condition of the stomach, kidneys, and liver.

If you’re experiencing puffiness or dark circles under your eyes, consider reducing or removing alcohol, caffeine, and sugar from your diet. Drink plenty of water and detoxifying tea and make sure you to get enough quality sleep.

BRIDGE OF NOSE AND UPPER AREA OF CHEEKS   The bridge of your nose and upper area of your cheeks is said to be connected to the heart. Rashes like rosacea commonly appear in this area.  Try replacing unhealthy saturated fats with healthy fats loaded with omega fatty acids to boost your HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol). Opt for raw nuts, avocado, salmon, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.

BRIDGE OF NOSE AND UPPER AREA OF CHEEKS

The bridge of your nose and upper area of your cheeks is said to be connected to the heart. Rashes like rosacea commonly appear in this area.

Try replacing unhealthy saturated fats with healthy fats loaded with omega fatty acids to boost your HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol). Opt for raw nuts, avocado, salmon, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.

MIDDLE REGION OF THE CHEEKS   The middle region of the cheeks is a window to the stomach and lungs. This area of the face is notorious for rosacea as well as breakouts and hyperpigmentation.  Consider common allergens like wheat and dairy. Try alkalizing your body by eating plenty of green vegetables and reducing acid-forming foods like alcohol, caffeine, and sugar.

MIDDLE REGION OF THE CHEEKS

The middle region of the cheeks is
a window to the stomach and lungs. This area of the face is notorious for rosacea as well as breakouts and hyperpigmentation.

Consider common allergens like wheat and dairy. Try alkalizing your body by eating plenty of green vegetables and reducing acid-forming foods like alcohol, caffeine, and sugar.

LOWER CHEEKS AND NOSE   The lower cheeks and nose get bossed around by the liver and stomach. This area is prone to wrinkles and breakouts and can usually be blamed on food intolerances and toxic buildup.  Clean up your diet and add in some cleansing vegetable juice. Experiment to see what type of eating approach is sustainable for you and optimizes your baseline.

LOWER CHEEKS AND NOSE

The lower cheeks and nose get bossed around by the liver and stomach.
This area is prone to wrinkles and breakouts and can usually be blamed on food intolerances and toxic buildup.

Clean up your diet and add in some cleansing vegetable juice. Experiment to see what type of eating approach is sustainable for you and optimizes your baseline.

MOUTH REGION   The mouth region is also connected to the stomach.  Consider food sensitivities and toxic buildup. You may want to try a gentle detox or an elimination diet and add more green vegetables and fiber to your meals.

MOUTH REGION

The mouth region is also connected to the stomach.

Consider food sensitivities and toxic buildup. You may want to try a gentle detox or an elimination diet and add more green vegetables and fiber to your meals.

JAWLINE   The jawline is a window to the ovaries and/or colon, and breakouts here can be triggered by hormonal stress, especially in women. A consistent menstrual cycle can help keep hormones and circulation healthy.  While menstruating, women should include a lot of greens and hydrating foods. Try a balanced, low-glycemic diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Keep stress levels under control and ensure that you are getting quality sleep.

JAWLINE

The jawline is a window to the ovaries and/or colon, and breakouts here
can be triggered by hormonal stress, especially in women. A consistent menstrual cycle can help keep hormones and circulation healthy.

While menstruating, women should include a lot of greens and hydrating foods. Try a balanced, low-glycemic diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Keep stress levels under control and ensure that you are getting quality sleep.

LYMPH NODES   The lymph nodes can gauge stress levels and can often determine if the body is trying to fight off illness. Our glands swell when they are fighting off bacteria – a good sign that our bodies are working to process the bad stuff.  If your glands feel irritated or swollen, take the time to unwind by practicing self-care. Extra rest, a balanced diet, yoga, breathing exercises,  and meditation can all help reduce emotional and physical stress that interferes with your body’s natural healing process.

LYMPH NODES

The lymph nodes can gauge stress levels and can often determine if the body is trying to fight off illness. Our glands swell when they are fighting off bacteria – a good sign that our bodies are working to process the bad stuff.

If your glands feel irritated or swollen, take the time to unwind by practicing self-care. Extra rest, a balanced
diet, yoga, breathing exercises,

and meditation can all help reduce emotional and physical stress that interferes with your body’s natural healing process.