Education, Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

The real reasons your Face is breaking out

words by: Natasha Marsh
Nov 16, 2020

Hopefully, you’ve been able to manage your maskne with our helpful tips. But just in case you still can’t keep acne at bay, before putting on cream, read this. Not all pimples are created equally. Yes, most are from oily skin and clogged pores but some could be from underlying health and lifestyle decisions that will only clear up once you address the issue. For that reason we will now refer to face mapping.


This Eastern technique is used by dermatologists across the board to determine best treatment. It is the act of spilling the face (with paper and pen, don’t worry) into zones that correspond with specific lifestyle triggers. Which basically means, watch what you consume and do to your body. Below we address why you receive acne on specific spots of your face.



Chinese medicine references the forehead as a direct link to the digestive system. So if you’re breaking out on your forehead, it could be poor diet, irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive imbalances. To help, avoid caffeinated drinks and if you usually keep hair on forehead, try to stay away from oils.



Associated with the kidneys and bladder, inflammation in these areas can cause temple acne. To reverse this, be mindful of your alcohol intake and fast food consumption. 



If you live in a city or like to take drives with the windows open, this might be causing you acne as cheek acne is related to the respiratory system. Try using an air purifier to combat this. Also make sure things that frequently touch your face (sheets, pillowcases, cell phones) are cleaned, this can also cause pimples. 



Hormonal imbalance can cause chin acne, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. If this is happening, make sure you are getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep and maintain a healthy diet. 



This usually has to do with the products you are using. Generally speaking, products that are heavily oil-based are not good for your hairline acne – opt for a lightweight oil or fragrance-free product. 



The most oil glands on your face are on your nose, making it prone to breakouts. Use products that unclog pores.