Following on from my post about my wedding skin prep (you can see my post here) I wanted to look further into acne and what your spots mean.
What are comadones & cystic acne?
Comodones = Black Heads & Whitheads
Cystic Acne = Spots that are more like lumps that you can feel under the skin. When they are visible can look red, swollen and are generally quite painful.
What does Noncomedogenic mean?
This is a term applied to oils, lotions, and skin creams that do not block pores. Noncomedogenic products are also sometimes referred to as non-occlusive. The theory behind using lotions that are noncomedogenic is that it won’t block pores, and won’t cause spots.
Have you ever wondered why your spots appear in certain areas and what this means? The ancient art of Face Mapping can help identify the cause of blemishes by splitting the face into zones.
Zone 1 & 2 Forehead
Spots on the forehead tend to indicate a stressed bladder or digestive system.
To help ease this, try increasing your intake or water, green tea and fibre-rich foods that help dispel toxins and excess waste. Contact spots are also common in this area where grease or products from the hair can creep onto the face, so try and keep your hair up and out of the way.
Alcohol and dairy are said to be the main causes for spots in this area as well as reactions to food allergies. This is t-zone acne. More sebaceous glands in this area means bigger pores which can lead to excess oil production, comodones and inflamed spots.
Zone 4 & 10, 6 & 8
Spots close to your ear and even dark circles around the eyes can be caused by dehydration. Make sure you keep well hydrated throughout the day by drinking, at least, eight glasses of water a day and avoiding coffee, tea and salt whenever possible.
This area is skin is full of dilated pores so make sure your make-up brushes and anything that you bring close to your face are kept clean and products are noncomedogenic. Try to reduce high blood pressure for an internal solution to clearing spots in this area.
Zones 5 & 9
Stress, too much sugar and sometimes dirty mobile phones can be the cause of cheek spots. Spots plus a red flushing on the cheeks may also be a sign of Rosacea.
Zones 11 & 13
Typical for us ladies, this is the area that will be most affected because of our hormones. In these areas you will have more lumpy cystic spots that will linger and sometimes leave a bit of scaring. Another interesting point, breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).
Stomach, if your diet has been loaded with rich and heavy foods then consider a detox or adding more fibre to your diet.
Spots here can indicate that your body is trying to fight off an illness. Take it easy if you begin feeling unwell and drink plenty of water to give your body some time to relax
Please note: The acne causes listed for each facial region are general guidelines and may not apply to everyone.