Did you know that your feelings and emotions can contribute to your acne, just as your physical health does?
Defeating and preventing acne is not always as simple as just keeping a clean face. Truth be told, you can wash your face as often as you want- but if you’re not treating the real cause of your acne, it will never really go away.
Millions of people struggle with the frustration of break outs. Whether it be a singular zit or a plethora of blackheads, break outs can pave way for some serious self-esteem issues. Our doctors and physicians lead us to believe that we can only treat our acne effectively with medications or by maintaining proper hygiene, rarely ever educating us on ALL of the contributing factors to acne.
What many people don’t know is that our emotions and the health of our internal organs play a huge role in the development of acne.
Certain emotions induce certain hormones, and your hormones have a direct impact on the health of your internal organs, which ends up being reflected in the quality of your skin. This is your body trying to communicate with you.
By linking our physical and metaphysical health to specific parts of the face, you can begin to diagnose what is actually causing you to break out. You might be surprised what you find out.
FOREHEAD: Bladder and Intestines
The health of our bladder and intestines is directly linked to acne on our forehead. If this is an area you constantly struggle with, there are a few things that your body is trying to tell you. Irregular sleep patterns, toxin build-up in our digestive tract and our intestines, as well as poor bladder health can be correlated with these break-outs.
What might surprise you is that your third-eye chakra is also linked to your foreheads complexion. If you consistently feel trapped in your own mind, have pent-up anger, unresolved fear, confusion, or stagnation, these may be the emotions preventing you from having clear skin.
By focusing on the health of your digestive tract, intestines, and bladder, as well as being aware of your thinking process and managing your anger and fears, you can reverse the frequent arrival of forehead acne.
What past experiences are you holding on to and why? Ask yourself honestly. Listen to people when they speak and be receptive to what they have to say. Open all THREE of your eyes. Go sit outdoors and let your third eye feel the Sun. If you meditate, focus on your third eye chakra and the health of your bladder and intestines. Direct loving and healing energy to them, but don’t neglect your diet. You need real, nutrient-dense food to really maintain a good complexion.
Increase probiotic intake, drink more purified (not tap) water and less alcohol, and you can even take enzymes before dinner to assist your gut in breaking down food, especially if you have issues with indigestion. Brown rice, beans, and oatmeal are great for your bladder. Fermented plants, bananas, artichokes, and cruciferous vegetables will assist in the wellness of your intestines, too.
BETWEEN EYEBROWS AND AROUND EYES: Liver, Stomach, Kidneys, and Intestines
When we break out around our eyes and between our brows, our bodies are signaling to us that our liver, stomach, kidneys, or intestines need our attention. (Anything closer to the eyes is more likely in correlation with the kidneys and liver.) There are various ways to manage break-outs in this location.
If you frequently break out around your eyes and brows, your body is likely having a hard time eliminating any toxins you’ve ingested. Drinking sugary beverages and eating processed food plays a big role in the health of your liver and kidneys. Your body may also be dehydrated, and you may even be lacking sleep. (5-6 hours a night is not optimal. You really should strive to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.)
The emotions that correlate to acne around the brows/eyes are subconscious and conscious fear, weak will-power, poor self-discipline, and the inability to commit to a task/project. When you allow these to be your dominant feelings, you are more likely to experience break-outs in this location.
Dedicate yourself to a hobby or any sort of project that instantly causes your body to produce serotonin and dopamine. (like playing with cats!!) Integrate more fruit like blueberries, grapes, cranberries, and grapefruit to maintain a healthy liver. Some would say coffee and tea can aid in your liver health, but moderation is key, and obviously try to avoid sweetening these beverages too frequently. (I love sugary coffee.. yikes!)
LEFT & RIGHT LOWER CHEEKS: Liver, Stomach, Respiratory System, and Lungs
Just as the area surrounding your eyes are linked to your liver and stomach, so are your lower cheeks. Though there are slight differences, the same can be suggested in managing acne on your cheeks to heal the liver and keep a healthy gut. In addition to your liver and gut, your dental health is correlated to acne in this location, too.
If you experience frequent break-outs on the lower part of either cheeks, you may be overeating, or your body could be having a hard time with the uptake of nutrients and may not be absorbing them properly. Air pollution, too, can be linked to acne on our lower cheeks. If you noticeably don’t get much fresh air, this should be one of your top priorities.
When our respiratory system is struggling, or the quality of our lung function is compromised, our bodies communicate these imbalances via breakouts on the lower cheeks. If you are a cigarette smoker, it is recommended to at least try to cut down. Reducing any intake of unclean air can make a significant difference in the quality of your skin. Smokers age much quicker than non-smokers, as their skin is unable to retain moisture effectively, so in confronting this habit, you can literally lengthen your life span AND rehabilitate your skin.
The emotional imbalance which correlates to the lower cheeks are feelings of intense and consistent (or underlying) grief, sadness and depression, detachment from what you would normally enjoy, and a longing for an unknown desire.
First thing is first- make sure the air you breathe is clean. If this is not possible with the city or home you live in, I recommend that you seek a Himalayan Salt Chamber (look online for a location near you) to enhance your lung function. Maintain a consistent dental regiment with flossing, brushing, and oil pulling to remove any bacteria and repair your gums. Integrate ginger, turmeric, garlic and onions, as well as pomegranates into your diet. (Especially turmeric- this herb is great for anti-inflammation!)
What about the emotions you experience on a daily basis? Do you hold a sad demeanor and do you associate with your depression? It can be very difficult to do this in the moment, but try to take a step away from yourself and look at the whole. Where did the grief, sadness, detachment, and longing arise from? Write down the emotions you feel at the end of the day and determine a reason for them. Then, analyze each reason and determine why they trigger you. To repair any emotional imbalance, we have to know what exactly it is and where it came from.
Experiencing acne on the neck, which is usually one of the most painful locations, can be linked to a compromised thyroid. If our bodies are fighting a bacterial infection, or our immune systems are losing strength, our body will attempt to communicate this to us in many ways, one being the development of acne on the neck.
When our bodies cannot produce cholesterol from the saturated fats we ingest, it disables us from producing the hormone of pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is a hormone that can convert into many other vital hormones which are responsible for increasing our immunity. Without the production of this major hormone, the health of our thyroid diminishes and can result in bacterial infections/weak immune systems. Many people suffer from hypothyroidism, which is the result of hormonal and biochemical imbalances in the body.
What I find more interesting, though, is that the throat chakra is also correlated to break-outs in the neck area. The throat chakra facilitates communication, speaking the truth, and verbal expression. If you hold yourself from speaking the truth, or even speaking at all, you end up with an underactive throat chakra. If you are over-bearing, verbally aggressive, or do not speak honestly, you have an over-active throat chakra. Both can result in breaking out on your neck.
To manage any breakouts on your neck, you should absolutely avoid any meat or dairy that is produced with hormones. This means switching to grass-fed and free-range meat and diary products, especially if you eat meat or dairy more than once every couple days. Increase your omega-3 intake, as well as saturated fats. Eat foods like walnuts, chia seeds, wild rice, and spinach for omega-3’s. Coconut oil, coconut milk, and cocoa butter are great vegan options for saturated fat intake. (Honestly, I personally think these options are far better than eating lamb or pork for saturated fats.)
Also, don’t forget that your words matter and they hold meaning. Do not speak lies, not even small ones. Enhance your communication skills and be open to conversing with strangers. If you have a throat chakra imbalance, you more than likely are already aware of what the problem may be- these ones are very easy to diagnose!
NOSE: The Heart and Large Intestine
The heart and the large intestine can be linked to breaking out on your nose. When our bodies have a high level of acidity, if our blood pressure is increased, or when we have poor circulation, we are more prone to developing acne in this area. To know if it is your intestine causing this acne, observe whether you experience constipation, bloating, or indigestion frequently. Check your BP levels with your physician and test your acidity level with pH strips to know if this is the root of your nose acne.
If you eat a predominantly carnivorous diet, you are likely ingesting an excess of unhealthy animal fat AND the hormones that these animals are injected with. (If you are a meat eater- moderation is key.) This can cause our bodies to have trouble digesting our food and increase our acidity levels. The goal is to maintain a stable pH level. Your stomach is naturally at the pH level of 3.5, but the optimal pH for the rest of your body is 7. This is a more alkaline state that our bodies operate best at.
When our self-love and self-acceptance is down, we are more prone to developing acne on our faces, but especially the nose. This can also be connected to consistent feelings of shock, anger, and stress. These emotions induce a hormonal reaction in our bodies, releasing cortisol and adrenaline, and the frequent expression of these hormones is not healthy for us and cause a reaction– acne on our skin.
If you know you experience those emotions frequently, I recommend that you condition yourself and re-learn your beliefs and mental paradigms. Self acceptance and self love are not easy to learn if we have been conditioned all our lives (via media, shitty peers and family) that we are not enough.
To confront the physical aspect of acne in this area, the goal is to have an alkaline diet. Eat more garlic, greens, and raw & alkaline foods. Integrate reishi mushrooms into your diet, even as a supplement, and avoid eating grains too often. Sometimes eating foods that are too spicy can cause us to react with acne, too. If you eat a lot of spicy food, limit yourself. Moderation is key. If you frequently eat meat and dairy, aim to eat only grass-fed, range-free, hormone-free products. I promise, it makes the greatest difference.
AROUND LIPS: Hormones, Intestines, and Reproductive Organs
If our bodies have a hormonal imbalance, it is very likely that an individual breaks out around their mouth. The health of our intestines (just like most other areas of our face) and our reproductive organs are also in correlation with breaking out in this area. Frequent bloating, constipation, an irregular menstrual cycle, and irregular bowel movements are all symptoms you might experience as a result of non-optimal intestine & hormonal health.
As a female, it is quite easy for us to spot our hormonal imbalances due to the fact that our menstrual cycles assist in representing our hormonal health. When we are aware and pay attention to our cycles, we are able to determine what is “regular” for us and what is not. Being observant of our hormones is very important, as well as our ovulation cycles and the health of our reproductive organs. For men, it is not as simple, but that is where their skin is their key communicator.
As a man, if you notice you break out around the mouth frequently, your skin may be trying to communicate a hormonal imbalance to you. The easiest way to determine whether it is your intestines or your hormones is by paying attention to how your body reacts when you eat. If you experience indigestion, that could be the contributing factor to the acne around the mouth- but if that’s not what you experience, it is more than likely your hormones.
Emotions that make us vulnerable to breaking out around the mouth are anger, frustration, and constant irritability. (I know so many people with poor attitudes and a poor quality of skin to match it.) If you are always moody, hold resentment in your heart, or have a bitter attitude- don’t expect this acne to go away until you confront those emotions.
To manage break outs around your mouth, consider your hormones. If you want to know exactly which ones your body may be over or under producing, visit a physician and have them test your hormone levels. If you experience a lot of stress, focus on cutting anything out of your life that causes you unnecessary stress.
No job, no career, and no person is worth deteriorating YOUR health for their satisfaction and comfort. Frequent stress induces a chronic adrenaline and cortisol response, which results in insulin and blood sugar issues. Include more fiber in your diet to assist your digestive system and intestines, and as usual, eat more raw and fresh fruits and vegetables.
In knowing and understanding what is causing your acne, you are now much more prepared to confront your acne and make the necessary changes to your physical and mental state.
I do still recommend washing your face in the morning or at night. Exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells, giving new cells the chance to grow. This can assist with the prevention of developing wrinkles and makes your skin look and feel much smoother. By exfoliating, you are also removing any skin that may have bacteria trapped beneath it. To maintain this smooth feeling, moisturize!
Whatever you do- do not use lotions with sulfates and alcohol. This only dries your skin out more, causing you to reach for the same lotion and eventually getting your skin “addicted” to it. Instead, use shea butter, cocoa butter, or a small amount of coconut oil. Everyone skin is different, so be sure to look into which alternative would suit your skin type best. There are various natural alternatives that you could use, so just be sure to do your research and pay attention to how your skin may react.
Viola! You officially have the knowledge and tools necessary to create a new skin care regiment designed just for you.
I would love to hear what your skin care regiment looks like! Do you have great skin? If so, how do you maintain it? Share your tips!