Chinese Face Mapping: Chinese Medicine for Great Skin

The saying “great skin starts from the inside out” is true, especially when it comes to Chinese face mapping! In this post, we will learn how Chinese face mapping can help treat acne, uneven redness or textures, rashes, and skin dryness.

A Centuries-Old Practice

Chinese face mapping is a unique system is based on Chinese Medicine, a centuries-old medical practice where the body’s organs are linked to meridians (or channels) that interconnect with and regulate each other.

When an organ or organ system is not in balance, it will show through signs or symptoms in the body. Sometimes these signs can manifest on the face. Chinese medicine can use the face – as well as other microcosms on the body such as the ear, the stomach, and the scalp – to diagnose and even help internal issues in the body.

Main Shaing: Chinese Face Mapping

With Chinese face mapping (or Mian Shiang in Chinese) your face is divided into zones that correspond to your body’s vital organs. Keep in mind that these zones can differ from map to map, though many of these zones frequently overlap.

This ancient “window into your health” uses acne, uneven redness or textures, rashes, skin dryness, or other problems within the zones on your face suggest internal health issues depending on where these blemishes show up. It is believed that these imperfections reveal where toxins or organ weaknesses or excesses reside in the body.

Another take on face mapping is the use of lines to reveal a history of illness or chronic emotions such as joy, sorrow, or anger. In this regard, facial mapping can give us clues into your personality, your past, and even your future.


Discover What Your Face Is Saying About You

A graphic of a womans face that indicates the pattern of Chinese face mapping for great skin.

Upper Forehead/Hairline – Large Intestine and Urinary Bladder

Problems in the upper forehead indicate that the body is having a hard time breaking down food. This is your cue to drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins. Eat more antioxidant foods like berries and consume green tea, matcha tea, and lemon water. Digestive enzymes such as those found in papaya and pineapples also help.

Stress can show up here too, as the intestines are linked to the nervous system; deep horizontal lines on the forehead can be a sign of anxiety, overthinking, or unresolved trauma. Meditation or yoga can calm down the nerves and improve gut function.

Lower Forehead – Mind and Spirit

Stress, depression, poor sleeping habits or even poor circulation can pop up in the lower forehead. Go to sleep earlier, meditate, immerse yourself in an enjoyable show or book, or practice self care such as a massage or long bath. Grab a pen and paper and start a gratitude journal. Reach for nuts, avocado, blueberries, leafy greens, and dark chocolate (yes, dark chocolate!).

Corners of Forehead – Kidney and Urinary Bladder

Issues in the corners of the forehead point to dehydration and/or a diet high in salt and caffeine. Increase your intake of herbal teas and healthy waters such as spring and raw coconut water. Choosing tea over coffee and using sea salt instead of iodine salt will also help. Be mindful of carbonated drinks, as these beverages can be high in sodium. Be aware that many medications can also negatively affect the kidneys over time.

Between the Eyebrows – Liver

This is a signal to cut down on fatty foods, dairy, and excess alcohol consumption. Try healthy swaps such as almond milk in place of cows milk, and fresher fast-food alternatives like Chipotle instead of Wendy’s.

The liver is also the organ that processes your emotions. It is common for people who are chronically angry, impatient, or frustrated to develop a deep, vertical crease or groove between their brows. If this is you, try to get out in nature more, learn to let go, and to not take things too seriously.

The eyebrows themselves have a lot to say! Full, wide, or long brows suggest a strong liver, and a person who can handle toxicity and physical demands well. Smaller, finer brows indicate a person with an easy-going demeanor. Curved brows indicate an ability to handle difficult people.

Eyes – Kidneys

In Chinese medicine the kidneys manage bodily fluids and stress responses. Dark circles or puffiness under the eyes suggest dehydration or poor elimination. Make sure you are drinking plenty of quality water. Bone broth, black seeds, and mineral-rich foods such as nuts, dark leafy greens, and mushrooms are also beneficial.

Crow’s feet, or lines that slant upward, indicate those who tend to laugh and smile a lot; really deep crow’s feet can suggest a history of making difficult decisions. Lines that slant downward from the sides of the eyes can reveal a person who has dealt with a lot of crying and grief, especially if the lines seep over the cheekbones.

Nose – Heart

Stress, hypertension, and poor blood circulation are the common culprits here. The presence of blackheads can indicate heart congestion. Redness or puffiness can be linked to issues with blood pressure or blood insulin levels. Again, try to reduce stress with meditation, yoga, or writing down your feelings. This would be a good time to add more heart healthy omega 3-rich foods such as nuts, avocados, fatty fish, chia seeds, and cacao. You might also notice some abdominal bloating or indigestion too; some maps link the nose to the stomach and digestive issues.

Ears – Kidneys

Dehydration or a diet high in salt or caffeine can impact the ears. Increase your intake of quality water and reduce caffeine, salt, and alcohol – particularly if your ears feel hot. Interestingly, a deep crease on the earlobe can point to possible heart problems.

Cheeks – Lungs

Allergies and respiratory issues are common contributors, as well as smoking or smoky areas. This is the time to get out into the fresh air and to up your dusting and vacuuming game. Change your air filters regularly. And if you smoke, this would be a good sign to quit. Redness in the cheeks can be connected to an inflamed stomach; increase your fluids to quell stomach heat.

According to some maps, the right cheek is connected to heat in the lungs while the left cheek is connected to heat in the liver. Other maps might link the upper cheeks to the lungs and the lower cheeks to the mouth. In Chinese medicine, grief is associated with the lungs, therefore lines or marks on the cheeks can point to a long period of grieving or unresolved grief.

Mouth/Upper Chin – Stomach and Small Intestine

Fast food and constipation are the usual instigators here. Time to bump up your intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, and high-fiber foods. Issues inside the mouth such as ulcers are considered stomach heat in Chinese medicine, and you just might experience corresponding ulcers in the stomach. Small cracks around the mouth can suggest a problem with the intestines. Dry lips can reflect a problem with dryness in the body. Try eating more cooked instead of raw vegetables and limit sweet foods to reduce heat and moisten the dryness.

Lines around the mouth are typically related to smoking but can be common among caretakers, as the stomach is associated with nurturing. These lines suggest over nurturing others at the expense of caring for yourself. Deep vertical lip lines are a big red flag for some much-needed self care.

Marionette lines, or lines that extend from the base of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth, are known as purpose lines. Faint lines suggest one has a purpose but has not committed to it, while strong lines indicate a person living fully in their purpose.

Chin and Jawline – Small Intestine and Gall Bladder

Acne develops here due to hormonal issues such as high testosterone. Fast food can also contribute to the breakouts, as well as irregular bowels. Increase high-fiber foods such as vegetables, chia seeds, and flaxseed to help with constipation. Fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha can also help gut health.

The jawline connecting to the gallbladder makes sense as fatty foods can contribute to gallstone formation. Reduce your consumption of fried, greasy, or oily foods to help avoid this. The gallbladder is the organ of indecision, so a tight jawline can reveal a person who waffles with self expression or holds onto resentment.

Sides of Chin – Kidneys and Reproductive Organs

Extreme stress or hormonal imbalances are frequently to blame for issues. Increase your water and leafy greens, calm your mind, and make sure you are getting at least seven hours of sleep. Adaptogens such as maca powder or rhodiola can help even out mild hormonal imbalances.

An Important Thing to Remember About Chinese Face Mapping

Occasional blemishes, redness, or lines in any of these zones is no reason for panic! If you do have skin issues or deep lines that concern you, consider Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is great at reducing stress and facial lines as it improves your body’s circulation and promotes collagen production. Chinese herbs are a great complement to strengthen organ function and regulate hormones.

Call us today to learn more and find out how we can help you.

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