Sometimes we travel through the day, oblivious to what’s going on inside our bodies. Sure, if there’s pain or discomfort, we can get a sense that there’s a problem, or maybe inflammation.

But because our skin (our largest organ) is visible, we get the opportunity to check on its health every day. Furthermore, the medical art of “face mapping” suggests that through studying our skin, we can tell more about what’s going on with our internal organs as well.

Face mapping can be traced back to China from almost 3,000 years ago, practiced by Taoist monk healers. Similarly, Ayurvedic medicine also practices face mapping. Ayurveda is a medical form that began over 5,000 years ago in northern India.

Basically, the face is mapped out into sections, which correlate to internal organs and other body parts. By pointing out a blemish, dark spot, acne, etc. on the face, you are able to connect it to its root cause inside the body. Then, the doctor offers guidance on treating the internal to help clear the external.

This is a fascinating concept, especially if you’re not hip on the idea of taking medicine or using chemicals on your skin. Mind you, although millions of people around the world and throughout history have practiced face mapping, it’s not to say that the big pimple on your chin isn’t simply from your greasy hands touching your face.

Additionally, we have to take into consideration genetics and hormones—especially during puberty, menstruation, and menopause. One thing eastern and western doctors will agree on, however, is that the skin reflects your diet and lifestyle. So with that, we can explore face mapping as a medical concept without debunking any western beliefs.
Here is an abbreviated list of facial areas and correlating organs. If you have a breakout, discoloration, darkness, spots, here are where possible problems could be lying:

Forehead– gall bladder, bladder, digestive system
Lower forehead, middle – stomach, liver
Eyebrows – kidney, liver
Upper cheeks and bridge of nose – heart
Cheeks, middle – colon
Cheeks, lower – stomach, lungs
Lips– stomach, intestines
Jaw line– stomach, colon
Chin– kidney

Granted, just because you have a whopper of a zit smack between your eyes, doesn’t mean you’re at risk of having a heart attack. You might just need to de-stress, placing less pressure on your nervous system, and relax your heart.
That brings us to another crucial level of this ancient practice. Healers believe that organs can become unhealthy from emotions as well as lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise.

For example, it is believed that the liver stores anger and resentment. So a breakout around your eyebrows may correlate to your liver, but it also may signify that you are holding onto negative feelings.
In such an instance, the doctor may prescribe a diet with less processed foods, fats, and alcohol, but also getting out into nature and suggest a meditation for peace and release of anger.

Other aspects are also considered, such as the “color” of your skin. If the skin has bluish hues, there may be too much stress on the kidneys and adrenals. The doc might prescribe gallons of water and taking off from work for a few days. A red hue presents gallbladder irritation; perhaps too many oily or processed foods.

Besides just reading skin, the practice extends to exploring the outer health of the eyes, tongue, and also fingernails. Poor absorption of nutrients, lack of hydration, excess sodium, iron deficiency, and a host of other particulars can be read from external body sources.

Face mapping must hold some validity if it’s been around for thousands of years. Finding an expert who practices this medical art in the western world, may be a bit of a challenge.

However, there is a boat-load of information on the topic online. When one avenue of effort doesn’t always pan out, opening our minds to other philosophies can’t hurt. And, of course, a simple recipe for clear skin begins with hydration, eating well, getting ample rest, and chilling your mind…