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Understanding Your Skin Through Face Mapping

Acne, a common skin condition, often leaves individuals feeling self-conscious and frustrated. While it's typically associated with teenagers, adult acne is a reality for many, especially women in their 30s. One approach to understanding and treating acne is through the ancient practice of face mapping. This article delves into the concept of face mapping and how it can provide insights into the underlying causes of acne.


An illustration of various types of acne and skin problems on the face

Understanding Acne Face Mapping

Face mapping is a technique that associates different parts of the face with various internal organs or systems. The premise is that the location of acne on the face can provide clues about underlying health issues. For instance, acne on the forehead might indicate dietary imbalances or stress, while acne on the jawline and chin might be linked to hormonal imbalances.

The Science Behind Acne

Acne is a complex condition influenced by several factors. Skin pores and oil production play significant roles in acne development. When pores become clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells, it can result in acne. Hormonal imbalances, particularly prevalent during teenage years and in women experiencing menstrual cycles or pregnancy, can also contribute to acne.

Skin hydration is another crucial factor. Poor skin hydration levels can lead to excessively oily skin, which in turn can exacerbate acne. Therefore, maintaining proper skin hydration is an essential step in managing acne.

An illustration of a doctor examining a woman suffering from cheek acne

The Impact of Lifestyle and Diet on Acne

Our lifestyle and dietary habits can significantly impact our skin health. For instance, a diet high in processed and fatty foods can potentially trigger acne. On the other hand, a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help maintain healthy skin. Similarly, adequate water intake and sufficient sleep are beneficial for overall skin health.

A picture of various vegetables in a bowl

Case Study: Acne on the Jawline and Chin

Acne on the jawline and chin is often indicative of hormonal imbalances. This type of acne is particularly common in women during times of hormonal fluctuation, such as during menstruation and pregnancy. Conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome, which results in the production of high levels of male hormones, can also contribute to acne in these areas.

Interestingly, the chin is one of the most prominent parts of the human face and experiences much more variance than other facial areas. This variance can be attributed to several factors, including hormonal changes. For instance, in the case of acne that covers the face, the most targeted areas are the cheek and chin. Itching may occur along with peeling and other skin distresses.

A close up of a woman's chin, jaw and cheek acne

Moreover, the chin is also an oily region of the face, similar to the T-zone (which includes the forehead and nose). This oiliness can contribute to the development of acne. As a person ages, the chin's average Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) content, a measure of the skin's barrier function, increases. This increase in TEWL could potentially exacerbate skin issues, including acne.

In light of these findings, it becomes clear that managing acne on the jawline and chin requires a comprehensive approach. This includes understanding the role of hormones, maintaining proper skin hydration, and making necessary lifestyle and dietary adjustments.


Understanding acne through face mapping can provide valuable insights into potential underlying causes and help in formulating effective treatment strategies. However, it's important to remember that face mapping is not a definitive solution to all skin problems. Always consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist for persistent acne issues.

Schedule a consultation today and start your acne recovery journey today.

This blog post was medically reviewed by Dr Summer Zhang.


Chirikhina, E. (2021). Human Face Mapping Based on TEWL, Hydration and Ultrasound. London South Bank University.


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