Chinese Face Mapping | Discover The Reason Why You Suddenly Have So Many Pimples

‘Did you know that, according to the Chinese, a large birthmark on your face with hair growing out, is a sign of prosperity?’, my husband said out of the blue. I didn’t know that.

He told me that he was searching for Chinese wine and found a decent website. The owner of the wine had a large birthmark on his face with long hair growing out. My husband was fascinated by it and decided to investigate why that man had that on his face. In an article about face mapping he found its meaning.

I didn’t like this info much (I was eating), but I had to admit that I’ve heard of face mapping before. It’s sometimes offered in floaty yoga and meditation schools. But I didn’t know it was originally Chinese. Although I should have known. They are also the inventors of foot reflexology and I previously wrote an article on how to apply Feng Shui in your skin care routine.

And Chinese face mapping is just as interesting! Especially in the field of skin care. The idea is to know the cause of problem areas on your face, such as acne and pigmentation. When you know the cause, you can tackle the problem. This gives you a healthier skin! Sounds good right?

What is Chinese face mapping?

Chinese face mapping is also known as mien shiang. This means ‘face reading’. It’s a 3000-year-old practice and it’s based on years of observation.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that energie, qi, flows to and from organs along invisible pathways. The practice of face mapping believes that the condition of your face tells you something about your overall health.

When your body isn’t in balance, you’ll see it in your face through redness, pimples or dryness. The location of these irregularities represent the organ that is out of balance.

This theory hasn’t been scientifically proven, but there are many people who apply it and benefit greatly from it.

How does face mapping work?

With face mapping, your face is divided into different zones. Each zone represents an organ.

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You now know what the different zones are. Now you just have to find out the cause of these malfunctioning organs.


The forehead represent your digestive system. Do you have breakouts or lines on your forehead? This may be due to irritable bowel syndrome. But it may also be due to a poor diet, a lack of sleep and increased stress levels.


The temples are linked to the kidneys and bladder. Do you have acne on your temples? This may due to infections or inflammation in your kidneys and bladder. But also medication to which your body doesn’t respond well can be a cause.


The space between your eyebrows represents your liver. Is your skin impure here? That could be caused by toxins from a bad diet or negative emotions.


The area under your eyes corresponds with your bodily fluids. Do you suffer from eye bags, dark circles or puffiness? Stress or lack of water can be a cause.


The nose is divided into two parts. The left side relates to the left side of your heart. The right side relates to the right side of your heart.

Do you suffer from blackheads, redness, breakouts or oiliness on your nose? This may indicate blood pressure or cholesterol problems.


The cheeks are linked to your stomach, spleen and respiratory system. Do you have red cheeks? This could be a sign of stomach inflammation.

Do you have breakouts on your cheeks? This may due to allergies or sinus issues.


Your mouth represents your stomach and colon. Do you suffer from ulcers? This could be a sign of stomach ulcurs. Or your diet could be too cold or raw that forces your stomach to go into overdrive to heat up the food.


The chin and jawline are linked to the hormonal and reproductive system. Do you have pimples on your chin and jawline? This can be related to the menstrual cycle or stress.

What to do now

Now that you know what causes your skin problems, you can tackle it. It’s quite easy. Just change your diet and lifestyle.

When this doesn’t work and you’re still suffering from skin problems, visit a dermatologist or a physician.

Front photo by Yaoqi on Unsplash

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