What You Skin Is Trying To Tell You

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each area of the face is associated with different organs. Face mapping is traditionally used to pick up on imbalances within the body and each organ has both emotional and physical signs and symptoms that may be occurring along side acne, rashes and skin colour changes.

Lung area: on the lower cheek

On an emotional level

Grief & sadness

Not letting go

On a physical level

  • Difficulty keeping immunity up

  • Easily catching coughs and colds

  • Excessive or lack of body hair

  • Breathlessness

  • Occipital headache

  • Fatigue & tiredness

  • Excess sweat or lack of sweat

  • Asthma

  • Weak or excessively loud voice

  • General elimination troubles

Liver area: middle of the eyebrows & under the eyes

On an emotional level

Excessive or suppressed anger and/ or frustration


Bitterness & resentment


Strong emotions or stress

On a physical level

  • Menstrual issues: PMS, period pain and irregular periods.

  • Constipation

  • Ligament and tendon issues: sprained ankles, injury-prone joints, neck and shoulder pains.

  • Eye problems: dry gritty eyes, seeing spots, and blood-shot eyes.

  • Excessive consumption of toxins: either in food or in the environment

  • Headaches

Heart area: above the eyebrows & tip of nose

On an emotional level

Blockage of joy

Issues with self love, self acceptance, stress and being wound up

Long-term experience of strong emotions of any sort

Experiencing shock

Tendency to have an imbalanced sense of enthusiasm: may be either deficient (as in depression) or excessive (as in manic states)

Experiencing inappropriate emotional responses

On a physical level

  • Eye Problems: Ranging from dull, lifeless eyes, to “crazy eye”, to more physical eye problems. It also includes problems with keeping eye contact.

  • Issues with speech: stuttering, stammering, speech impediments and fear of public speaking. Talking excessively or too little.

  • Excess heat

  • Issues with emotional sweating: sweaty palms when nervous and breaking out into a whole-body or localized sweat in response to emotional stress.

  • Being startled easily

  • Palpitations, tachycardia & chest pain

Bladder area: Forehead above eyebrows & chin

On an emotional level

Excessive fear

Irrational Fear

Lack of decision making

Radically-changing moods

On a physical level

  • Dehydration

  • Incontinence

  • Frequent and urgent urination

  • Painful urination, dark or bloody urine

  • Occipital headaches

  • Stiff neck

  • Diabetes

  • Prolapsed uterus in women

  • Swollen prostate in men

  • Frequent urinary infections

  • Arthritis

  • Obesity

Spleen & stomach area: area above the lip, top lip, on cheek under the eyes and on the nose

On an emotional level

Worry, over-thinking & general excessive mental exertion

On a physical level

  • Digestive issues: IBS, dysbiosis, bloating, bad breath, problems with appetite (excessive or deficient) and poor stool movements

  • Dry skin and mouth

  • Low energy issues

  • Weak muscles, limb issues and muscle cramps

  • Problems with things being “held in place”: prolapses, varicose veins and haemorrhoids

  • Yellowish skin tone

  • Blood & Circulation issues

  • Other blood-related issues relating to spots in this area could include: bruising easily and poor healing, menstruation issues, anemia

Large intestine area: line from nose to jaw & lower lip

On an emotional level

Not letting go



Control issues





On a physical level

  • Colitis

  • Constipation & diarrhea

  • Diverticulitis

  • Slow metabolism

  • Swollen gums

  • Smelly or bloody stools

  • Bloating

  • Lack of energy

  • Tends to gain weight

  • Food allergies

  • Edema

  • Foul breath

  • Thin hair & hair loss

  • Colon cancer

Small intestine area: middle of forehead

On an emotional level

Lack of discernment





Moodiness & irritability



On a physical level

  • Abdominal pain

  • Bloating & gas

  • Gut inflammation

  • Inability to focus on a single task

  • PMS

  • Constipation & sluggish gut

  • Congestive Heart Failure

  • Intestinal permeability and bacterial imbalance

  • Leaky gut

Kidney area: under eyes, chin & ears

On an emotional level

Excessive fear

Security and isolation issues

On a physical level

  • Reproductive health issues: reproductive hormones, issues around fertility, menstruation in women, and conditions like PCOS.

  • Willpower issues. Feeling aloof or apathetic, or having trouble with self-discipline could be behind these spots.

  • Bone health issues: osteoporosis, teeth problems like cavity-prone teeth and brittle bones.

  • Urinary issues

  • Hair health issues

Gall Bladder area: corner of the eyes

On an emotional level

Not having the courage to do the things you want to

Shyness & timidity

On a physical level

  • Problems in accessing inner wisdom and judgement

  • Difficult making decision

  • Sluggish digestion

  • Blurred vision

  • Craving greasy foods

  • Bloating

  • Dizziness

  • Gallstones

  • High cholesterol

  • Flatulence

Tips for creating more balance & harmony in your body and skin:

  • Stay hydrated

  • Remove excessive toxins from your life such as smoking, cleaning products & skin products

  • If your signs and symptoms are ongoing or you are concerned seek professional help from your preferred practitioner

  • Eat a whole foods unprocessed diet

  • Get enough sleep and don't go to bed too late (sleeping before 12am is ideal)

  • Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake

  • Change/ wash your pillow cases regularly

  • Cleanse your face every morning and night (always remove your make up)

  • Relax (reduce stress)- meditate, get in nature, ground yourself

  • Get moving! Walk, yoga, weight lift etc

  • Remove any food allergies or reduce inflammatory foods all together

  • Take herbal products to assist with detoxification and balance

  • Eat meals slowly and do not over eat

  • Allow yourself to feel and then let go of emotions