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Every single day I get someone asking me about acne and/or breakouts and how to prevent or get rid of them, so today I thought I would share with you a little snippet knowledge. 

So why do we get breakouts? Because I understand now that most illness has at least something to do with trapped unresolved, or unexpressed emotion I believe that outbreaks of acne indicate an “eruption” of pent-up emotions. Our emotions are closely linked to the nervous system. These emotions can be stress related having to do with your current lifestyle or they can be emotions that are surfacing after years of pushing them down.

On a deeper level, breakouts can mean that you are not accepting yourself. The incorporeal cause of your breakouts can be altered by changing your negative thought patterns, accepting yourself as you are and learning to love yourself for your innate inner beauty.

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There are those of you reading this rolling your eyes about now but have you ever noticed breakouts happening about the time you are going through a very stressful period, having past patterns rear their ugly heads, and your inner critic being more vocal than normal?  

Breakouts are the ultimate signposts trying to tell you something. They’re telling you that there is something wrong and that it needs rebalancing – this could be emotionally or physically (and, quite probably, both). If you choose to ignore what they are saying, they will simply keep showing up until you finally listen and deal with the situation. 

Want to learn more about how to decode your breakouts and as a result allow yourself to recharge, purify and maintain balanced healthy, glowing skin?

Keep reading!

Forehead or between the eyebrows

Physical / Diet – Outbreaks on your forehead (Zone 1) can be caused by a build up of toxic material in the colon, bladder and digestive system. In other words, your intestines are struggling to cope with their responsibilities because your diet is, most likely, dominated by unhealthy fats, soft drinks and conventional meat and poultry. You need to: increase your water intake, eat more fresh fruits (helpful in liver detox) and consume plenty of vegetables. Tip: make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours sleep each night and, if you are eliminating properly, try some dandelion tea to support your liver.

Breakouts, redness, flakiness, or excess oil between the brows (zone 2) can relate to a stressed liver and possible allergies. If you have problems in this area, it’s wise to cut back on alcohol, non-essential medications, and fatty foods, which are particularly hard for the liver to process. Avoid eating late at night as well. Tip: try drinking warm water with a squeeze of lemon and some ginger in the morning. Also consider cutting back on pasteurized dairy. Breakouts in this area can also relate to stress on the liver and stomach, therefore they are hinting at the need to relax and slow down.

Emotions / Energy –  Metaphysically the breakouts on your forehead and between the brows are trying to show you that your third-eye chakra (forehead meridian) might have become unbalanced, because you’re not liking what you see in your own life. Intellectually, it’s trapped anger, fear, confusion, and stagnation. As a result, you may be feeling bombarded with you’re own thoughts, unable to process them effectively and you may even feel stuck in a rut due to the fact you can’t see ahead. When this meridian, you can become closed off to new ideas, incredibly self-critical, can’t deal with conflict and feel as though you have fallen off the paths of your true destiny because you’re simply not trusting life’s process. In order to rebalance you need to get out of your head and back into your body, release competition and comparison, exercise in a non–aggressive way (yoga, ballet, tai chi), embrace solitude while supporting the brain with lots of Vitamin D (from the sun when possible), healthy fats and antioxidants. Once rebalanced, you will feel a great sense of understanding, clarity and vision.

Side note: Before you Botox, think about that little vertical line that we assume will only deepen with age.  It always appears as a resort of a grimace and usually happens as a result of a negative emotion!  The liver is where most anger, fear, and stagnation occurs so, if you deal with the root trapped emotion many times that wrinkle will reduce.  

Around the eyebrows or around the eyes

Physical / Diet – Spots around the eyebrows and eyes (zone 3) are incredibly complex, but they may simply be indicating that your kidneys and liver are not eliminating all the toxins that have accumulated in your body correctly. They can also indicate congestion in your spleen (which could mean a Qi deficiency in TCM) which can happen due to fatty liver or other liver congestion or viral infections.  Anything close to the eye area has a deep connection with the kidneys and liver. Dark circles around the eyes can signify that you are not drinking enough water. Also, your liver can be overburdened with toxins or unable to process certain foods. Tip: Try to eliminate fried foods from your diet, as well as reducing your intake of coffee.

Emotions – The outbreaks around your eyebrows and/or around the eyes can also surface when you are experiencing one or all of these emotions – fear issues, willpower issues or self-discipline troubles.

Upper cheek area and nose

Physical / Diet – These types of breakouts are connected to the heart and large intestine. Often breakouts in these areas are caused by a congestion in the internal organs due to a diet that is too acidic and high in conventional animal fats and hard to digest protein. Your blood pressure could be elevated. Your salt intake must come from fish, seafood and high quality sea salt (with small amounts of Himalayan salt if desired), as well as avoid very spicy foods. Spicy foods can irritate the intestines and can also aggravate your blood pressure / nervous system, causing acne on the upper cheeks (zone 5 ) and/or nose (zone 4). You will want to cut back on grains (even pseudo grains), beans, and nuts if you are experiencing breakouts in this area. Tip: try to engage in a light form of exercise on a daily basis, or at least three times a week. It is also a good idea to check your B vitamin levels.

Emotions – Breakouts on your nose and/or upper checks can also surface when you are experiencing one or all of these emotions – a lack of joy, a lack of self-love and esteem, a lack of self-acceptance, stress, anxiety, anger, grief or even shock (PTSD type symptoms are often experienced in those who have experienced trauma in childhood or adolescence such as abuse, physical, sexual or chronic emotional.) .

Lower cheeks

Physical / Diet – Redness, puffiness and breakouts around the lower cheeks (zone 6) can be related to the lungs and the stomach. If you have breakouts and broken capillaries in this area of your face, it might be due to the fact you are breathing  in polluted air. So, for example, if you smoke / are exposed to passive smoke a lot or you are living in a highly polluted area like a city, you are more likely to break out in this area. Also, if you sleep on the side of your face or use your mobile phone, the germs and dirt breeding on these things can be transferred to your face and will clog your pores, causing breakouts. To prevent this, change your pillowcase regularly and wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days. Tip: stop smoking, cleanse your skin thoroughly am and pm and make sure you are eating foods that are great for healthier lungs such as kale, sprouts and pumpkin.

In addition, breakouts on your lower cheek can be an indication of poor dental hygiene. So, if you have any infections in your mouth, especially involving your gums, this will show on the outside too. Always keep on top of your dental health – brush and floss twice a day and considering oil pulling daily.

Emotional level – The outbreaks on your lower checks can also surface when you are experiencing one or all of these emotions – grief, sadness, detachment and longing.

Around the mouth

Physical / Diet – These types of outbreaks are related to the stomach, spleen and large intestine. When breakouts appear anywhere around the mouth they are often due to the accumulation of toxins and  undigested fats that have become stagnant within the stomach, spleen and/or large intestine. It is time for a cleanse and a detox to rid the body of those nasty toxins and fats and increase cellular metabolism.

Blemishes on the corners of the mouth in particular (zone 7) link to hormonal imbalances. It is here that your ovaries connect with the skin and thus the reason you may experience spots around that time of month. Tip: Eat more fiber rich veggies, fresh fruit and after a meal have a nice cup of green, peppermint, or chamomile tea and support your liver with dandelion and nettle root or other liver supplement.

Emotions – The outbreaks around your mouth can also surface when you are experiencing one or all of these emotions – anger, frustration, irritability, moodiness, bitterness, resentment, strong powerful emotion or stress.



Physical / Diet – Breakouts on your chin (zone 8) are usually associated with hormonal acne, and for good reason. The chin is connected to the kidneys and the bladder. Kidneys are associated with the water element, so not drinking enough water could be one of the reasons for getting acne on the chin. However, the kidneys are also related to some hormonal activity, so getting acne on the chin can simply mean that you are experiencing a hormonal imbalance – usually before and after your period. Tip: you can almost tell which ovary (left or right) you are ovulating from according to which side of your chin your breakouts appear on.

Stress can also influence chin acne, as the stress hormones can influence the kidneys. The first step towards getting rid of chin acne is to try to balance out your hormones.  Getting enough rest and managing stress issues is also very important along with making sure you are taking the right hormone balancing supplements, if needed.

Emotions / Energy – The outbreaks on your chin can also surface when you are experiencing one or all of these emotions – fear of security, feeling aloof, more stressed than usual, sluggish and tired. The chin is also aligned with the heart meridian. When the heart meridian becomes unbalanced it can ever become overstimulated or congested. When it is overstimulated you will become ruled by your emotions and as a result, you become a people pleaser because you’re afraid that you will not be liked or accepted by others. When your heart chakra is  congested you will most likely be very negative in your thinking. You may feel unloved, unworthy, undervalued or unappreciated. In order to rebalance love is the answer (your own and others) and because the heart  element is air so just head outdoors and breathe (too often we forget to do this simple act). Once rebalanced, you will feel a great sense of positive energy, unconditional love, joy, and feel completely at ease with yourself.

On the neck

Physical/Diet -Breakouts on the neck (Zone 9) almost always indicates a bacterial or viral infection due to a compromised immune system or a chronic inflammatory response.  Try getting extra rest, make sure you are cutting back on grains and other digestive stressors and getting to the root of any dis-ease in the body such as gut dysbiosis, adrenal fatigue, or other immune imbalances.

Emotions/Energy – The neck is the throat meridian and is often the seat of unexpressed emotion.  This is something you are not saying or not living authentically because you are stifled or not allowing yourself to speak your truth.

You may be thinking that your emotions can’t possibly affect your face but, if you think about it scientifically, all emotions elicit a physical response.  Positive emotions (like falling in love) make your skin and hair glow and brighten your eyes.  Negative emotions cause stress which is proven to cause numerous chemical reactions, a strong one being chronic adrenaline/cortisol response which can contribute to insulin and blood sugar handling issues.  

If you have ever heard the expression “It’s written all over your face” then this article will change your life!

Wishing you health, beauty, and balance,

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