What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition, very common among young people, that produces many pimples (= spots), especially on the face and neck.
According to Chinese medicine, the acne that pops up on the face could actually be directly linked to the health of a certain internal organ. So, it can be valuable for your health to note where your acne is showing up on your face, and pay special attention to the organs that correlate with that spot. This also correlates to the types of foods you are eating, and foods you should be limiting in your diet.
Below are the usual eight spots where acne appears. See also the map above:
1. Acne in the center of the chin
Acne in the center of the chin can be correlated to digestion problems and to problems with the stomach and small intestine. This can be directly caused by a poor diet and/or food allergies, for example allergy to gluten. You need to consider a cleansing program with whole foods for a week, to assist with movement in the intestines. If your gut is lacking probiotics, it won’t matter how much natural and healthy food you are eating, the nutrients will simply pass right through you. As always, getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, and meditating regularly are the key to maintaining good mental and physical health – don’t forget!
2. Acne on the side of chin
This spot is especially visible in women, as flare-ups on the sides of the chin are a good indication of a hormonal imbalance. Factors that can cause this include: menstruation, birth control, and a diet high in soy products. Emotional and physical stress can also cause hormone imbalances. Foods that can help to balance the hormones include: holy basil, liquorice, burdock, red raspberry leaves, milk thistle and green tea.
3. Acne on lower cheeks
Acne flare-ups on your lower cheeks may be correlated to gum or teeth problems. You may want to limit refined sugars and completely eliminate soft drinks. Also, consider implementing a practice known as ‘oil pulling’.
4. Acne on the upper cheeks
Flare ups on the upper cheeks are correlated to the lungs and respiratory system. This may happen often if you are a smoker, but also if you have a respiratory illness such as asthma. Living in a polluted area can also cause this and even worse lung infections.
5. Acne on the ears
If you tend to get large painful pimples on your ears, it may be a sign that your kidneys are not being taken care of. This could be as simple as not getting enough water and/or having too much sodium in your body that is taken in through processed and refined foods.
Some other kidney destroying habits include:
-frequently delaying the call of nature (that is urinating)
-drinking too much coffee or alcohol
-mineral deficiencies such as magnesium
-eating too much animal protein
-excessive refined sugar consumption
Consider cutting these back instantly!
6. Acne in the eyebrow/eye area
This area correlates to the liver. If you tend to often get acne in this area, it may indicate that your liver has been overworked and it is in need of cleansing. Try to eliminate or drastically cut back on fried, greasy foods, alcohol, and dairy. Some foods that can assist with cleansing the liver include: green tea, carrots, beets, lemons, limes, grapefruit, garlic, and leafy green vegetables. Try to purchase organic food whenever possible.
7. Acne on the lower forehead
This spot of acne correlates to the heart. Your heart is a massive organ that pumps the blood through your entire body organs. It is so important to keep your heart healthy. You can do so by participating in regular cardiovascular activity or adhere to a very healthy diet. You can also help clear up this type of acne by eating coconut oil and pomegranate.
8. Acne on the upper forehead
This pimple correlates to the digestive system and bladder. It is important to drink plenty of water and drastically limit greasy food and processed sugars. Consume large amounts of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Eat foods that are abundant in anti-oxidants and consider drinking warm lemon water and green tea regularly.
Be sure that you are getting a good amount of probiotics, which you can get from fermented foods such as: sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, or kefir. If you do not consume these foods, you should consider taking a probiotic supplement.