Where your pimples appear says a lot about what’s going on in your body. By Dawn Chen
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In an ideal world, acne would be relegated to awkward, teenage years. But in reality, even adults struggle with bumps and pimples. Before you blame a spotty complexion on poor hygiene, muggy weather, or just bad skin genes, take a closer look at your face and identify where the pimples are sprouting. Doing so can actually give you clues about your body’s health, says Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) physician Jeffrey Ong from the Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic at Harbourfront.
“Our skin is not only a protective barrier to the environment, but also a mirror to our internal health. In TCM, imbalances in our body often manifest themselves as skin disorders,” says Jeffrey. He adds that in TCM, acne is often associated with heat and damp heat lingering in the organs and meridians. Below, he explains the possible causes of your acne, and what their positions on your face mean.
On the Forehead
Possible causes: Accumulation of liver heat within the body. Accompanying possible symptoms include irritability and a flushed appearance. This can be due to too much stress and too many late nights.
Recommendation: Learn to relax by listening to music and doing regular exercises. Always keep emotions in check.
Between the Eyebrows
Possible causes: Deficiency of ‘heart yin’ within the body. Accompanying possible symptoms include palpitations, chest tightness and arrhythmias. This can be due to insufficient sleep or rest.
Recommendation: Avoid late nights and have ample rest.
On the Nose
Possible causes: Excessive ‘stomach fire’ within the body. Accompanying possible symptoms include digestive problems. This can be due to eating too much fried or spicy food.
Recommendation: Cut down on fried and spicy food, avoid cold drinks, and consume more fresh fruits and vegetables. Stay hydrated as well.
On the Left Cheek
Possible causes: Weakness in the liver function or the accumulation of heat toxins within the liver. This can be due to over consumption of alcohol.
Recommendation: Avoid smoking and alcohol.
On the Right Cheek
Possible causes: Weakness in the lung function. Accompanying possible symptoms include cold limbs, sensitive skin and flu. This can also be due to a weak body immune system.
Recommendation: Exercise more regularly and avoid seafood.
Around the Lips
Possible causes: Problems with the intestinal function. Accompanying possible symptoms includes constipation. This can be due to a poor digestive system.
Recommendation: Keep to a simple, balanced diet. Consume more fruits and vegetables with high fibre.
Possible causes: Deficiency with ‘kidney yin’. Accompanying possible symptoms include irregular menstruation. This can be due to an imbalance of hormones within the body.
Recommendation: Avoid cold food and drinks.
*NOTE: The above are just possible interpretations based on the location of facial pimples, and should not be used to make a full conclusion of one’s body problems. Beyond the location of acne on the face, it’s also important to consider the colour, severity and texture of the acne, as well as other physical symptoms to get a better diagnosis of the overall body constitution. For more information, visit www.euyansangclinic.com.