Face mapping and what those blemishes could really mean

Face MappingFace mapping – an ancient practice rooted in Ayurvedic teaching – connects a point on your face to an organ or body part, so you know what to treat internally for clear external results.

These days many aesthetic practitioners use this ancient wisdom with modern techniques to help clients deal with problem skin.

At The Private Clinic, we specialise in customised facials because every person’s skin condition is vastly different and unique to them.

However, if you are starting to get spots or blemishes in certain areas and it’s worrying you – here is our general ‘zone by zone’ expert advice:


In adults, blemishes or spots on the chin can reflect stomach issues or a bad diet. But in women it is also commonly caused by changes to hormone levels. In the days before your period, try to pay extra attention to your skin care. Consider eating foods that help regulate our natural hormonal cycles (Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, sardines, fish oil supplements – plus protein in cottage cheese, lean meats, and nuts) to balance your hormones. Also, be sure you’re not resting your chin in your hands when bored or tired, as this can transfer oils from your fingers onto your chin.


Blemishes or pimples on the forehead are usually linked to the digestive system, and may indicate that you’re having a hard time breaking down certain foods. It may also indicate liver problems, stress, or an irregular sleep schedule. Try using bitter herbs or digestive enzymes like bromelain and papaya before each meal to help break down foods, and make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you suspect liver issues, try some dandelion tea or some extra garlic and onions. Drinking hot water with lemon in the morning may also help.


If you’re a smoker you may find that you are more prone to acne along the tops of your cheeks. However, like most people, increasing your exposure to fresh air with long and regular walks can do wonders for your complexion.

For many women, blemishes on the lower cheeks near the jaw, is a key indicator of stress and hormonal imbalances particularly around a certain time of the month. While there is little to do that can prevent these changes, eating clean with plenty of exercise will certainly help your complexion. Processed foods can mean anything from ready meals to biscuits, so think about what you’re eating.


Breakouts around the neck area suggest that your body is fighting an illness. To combat this, it is important to rest and drink lots of fluids.

We suggest cleansing your face twice a day with a face wash designed for acne-prone skin. Products that contain salicylic acid and zinc may be beneficial. Exfoliate your skin weekly – this will remove the upper layer of skin cells, resulting in a brighter complexion and help reduce blackheads. Try over-the-counter acne treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to apply directly onto spots. And avoid heavy cosmetics and products that will block pores and choose items that are oil-free and non-comedogenic.


Blemishes on the upper nose area near the eyes are said to be caused by a reaction to alcohol and dairy as well – as well as reactions to food allergies.

The lower or tip area of the nose is full of dilated pores so make sure your make-up brushes and anything that you bring close to your face are kept clean. Try to reduce high blood pressure for an internal solution to clearing spots in this area. Replace ‘bad’ fats with more fruits, vegetables, nuts and Omega-rich fish and consult your doctor if you have any further heart-related concerns.

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If you want a skin overhaul simply because you feel your face doesn’t look it’s best, try a customised medical facial.

Using a clinical range of skincare products, these therapeutic custom facial treatments will leave your skin glowing and your mind at ease. The Private Clinic’s facial treatments are customised separately for environmentally damaged, hyper-pigmented, problematic and interactive skin classifications, and incorporate a targeted series of active rejuvenation treatments, Alpha Lipoic, Glycolic and/or TCA peels. We will utilise the latest ingredients and technology and the most up to date information to help improve skin elasticity, tone, texture, radiance and luminosity for your particular skin and requirements.

Call The Private Clinic today on 04 3956400 to make an appointment for a customised facial!

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