Acne Mapping: Pimples Aren’t Just There to Embarrass

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Could a pimple on your face be a sign of something more serious?

Well, the answer is "yes" if you believe in traditional Chinese medicine, and something called acne mapping.

According to the alternative practice, pimples do not pop up randomly. They are a map to what's going on inside your body.

"Think about it, if you have waste products toxins or anything in your blood, where are they gonna come out ... your pores," said Manjit Judge.

A face map shows acne on the forehead is linked to the gall bladder, the cheeks are connected to the heart and lungs, pimples around the mouth might mean an issue with the spleen, stomach and intestines, and the chin and jaw are associated with hormones, kidneys and bladder.

Experts say although it doesn't necessarily mean a medical condition, the heart breakout could be from sadness, or a chin blemish caused by stress and hormonal imbalances.

In Chinese medicine, the solution to acne is a well-balanced, well-rested, joyful mind, body and diet.

Western medicine doctors say that's true, but they don't believe in any face mapping link to zits.

"There is no scientific evidence that face mapping can be correlated with outbreaks," MetroHealth Medical Center Dermatologist Dr. David Crowe told Fox 8 News. "In general, acne is caused by both hyper secretion and increased stickiness of the corneocytes, which are the cells that make up the skin."

A person's hair follicles, family history and some environmental factors also contribute to breakouts.

The only face-mapping trigger Dr. Crowe agrees with is the chin and hormones.

"We have noticed some correlation with the chin and jaw-line acne with hormonal changes; in particular, with adult acne, but that's about the only instance where changes in the body have much of an impact in terms of location of the face and where acne comes up," Crowe said.

Dr. Crowe says to manage breakouts, exercise good hygiene, a good diet, get enough sleep and try not to stress out.

*For more information on acne mapping, click HERE.

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