What Do Different Facial Breakouts Mean?

Mien Shiang, also known as face mapping, is an ancient Chinese technique used to understand facial acne. We’re using the system to get to the bottom of breakouts.

Acne always feels like a personal attack.

Picture this. You’re getting ready for the fall dance at school. You’ve bought your ticket, you’ve picked out a themed outfit and begged your mom to buy it. You’ve been keeping an eye on your school ID all week so you can present it at the dance. Everything seems perfect—until you notice the large zit that’s taken up residence on your forehead.

When you’re faced with acne, it’s important to resist the urge to cover it with makeup. You also have to force yourself to avoid picking at it. The best you can do is get into a skincare routine (if you don’t already have one), use the acne’s location to get an idea of the root cause, and treat zits accordingly.

We made a acne analysis based on face mapping, and included a few solutions. Check it out below.

Forehead Acne

If you’re breaking out along your hairline, there’s a pretty serious chance that your hair products are the reason why. If you’re using a lot of oil or moisturizers, make sure that you’re keeping your hair out of your face. Or, you can switch to non comedogenic products, which are products that don’t block your pores.

When your hair isn’t the culprit, your diet may be. If you’re not getting enough water and your diet is made up of processed foods exclusively, then your forehead may breakout as a result. As always, hydration helps.

Stress can also cause forehead pimples. If you’re constantly in overdrive, it’s imperative that you come up with ways to help yourself unwind. Activities like writing, reading, exercise, and hanging out with friends help melt stress away.

Chin Acne

Impending periods may lead to chin acne. This means that they are more closely linked to hormones than bad habits. This type of acne can also be present along your jawline. Up to 85% of people will have heightened acne right before their period.

A product with salicylic acid will help zits dry up, as acne in this area are also connected to oiliness.

Cheek Acne

Do you clean your phone screen on a consistent basis? If not, you’re putting grime and bacteria on your face every time you answer a phone call. Also, your face’s oil glands are prompted to create more oil when your phone is pressed against your face. This is the the underlying cause of a lot of people’s breakouts on their cheeks.

Cheek acne can also be attributed to sugar intake, according to Health. So again, be sure to balance out what you eat. Sugar isn’t a bad thing, you just have to watch how much you’re taking in.

We hope these tips help you glow up, sis!

Image Credit: Getty Images/Brooklyn White

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