Sunday, 2 October 2011

My War on Blemishes: The Battlefield

Face Mapping is one of the most useful tools for a beautician to figure out your skin type and problem associated, and it's also very easy to do at home. Here's an example of the face map commonly used by dermologica trained salons:

Face mapping allows products to work to their full potential, for example if you have an oily T-Zone but dry cheeks, a face wash designed to strip the skin of excess oil won't be doing the cheek areas any favours, and moisturisers designed for extra dry skin may make an oily forehead feel greasy and smothered.

This map has separated the skin into 14 zones that all have their own distinct needs, in college we also used these face maps to highlight problems in specific areas and with each following treatment did another face map to see whether there was any improvement to these problem areas. This is a great thing to keep in your diary, updating it every 2 weeks or so to see if your skin routine is benefiting you.

So here's a breakdown of the zones, common problems associated with these areas and possible causes, courtesy of the wonderful people at Dermalogica.

Zones 1 & 3
Improper removal of make-up, cleansers and shampoos in the left and right sides of the forehead can cause congestion and breakouts. Some inferior cosmetic products contain ingredients that cause comedones (black heads) or irritation. Zones 1 & 3 are known as the "sister" to the bladder and digestive system. Possible dehydration in these areas can be caused by poor elimination of toxins (found in processed and refined foods) and insufficient water intake.

Zone 2
The middle of the forehead between the eyebrows is known as the ‘Wine and Dine’ area and is related to the liver. Vertical lines in this area can indicate the over consumption of alcohol, late night eating or heavy intake of rich food.

Zones 4 & 10
The ears are a highly sensitive area that relate to the kidneys. Hot ears may indicate kidney stress. Try to assess and possibly reduce your levels of caffeine, salt and red meat in your diet and drink more water.

Zones 5 & 9
Congestion or fine broken capillaries in the upper right and left cheek areas can indicate lung stress caused by smoking, pollution or allergies.

Zones 6 & 8
Dark circles and congestion under the surface of the eye orbit are often hereditary, but are worsened by poor elimination, lack of sleep. Eyelid irritation can mean allergies or a deficiency in the diet.

Zone 7
A reddish nose may demonstrate raised blood pressure. Pigmentation or increased hair growth along the upper lip may indicate a hormone imbalance. Congestion along the lip line is indicative to the use of lip balm or lip liners that contain comedogenic ingredients.

Zones 11 & 13
Congestion along the left and right sides of the jawbone, near the ears, can be an indication of problematic wisdom teeth or you may have undergone recent extensive dental surgery.

Zone 12
The centre of the chin relates to the small intestine, breakouts in this area maybe due to a history of digestive problems or possible food allergies.

Zone 14
Flushing and sensitivity in the neck and chest area can be due to allergies caused by fragrance usage, or possible rosacea. Do not forget this area as part of the skin treatment, as it can be an area that is prone to premature ageing. The skin in this area requires as much moisturisation and sun protection as the face.

So remember, face mapping isn't just some bullshit on the KGB deal advert, it's a tried and tested way to look after your skin! If you wish to view my first post about My War on Blemishes, you can find it here.


Lovelain94 said...

Love this post! Its super useful thanks xx

Mandy said...

I have been breaking out a bit in the cheek areas and I noticed it mentioned allergies may be a cause. I get allergies in the fall and winter most often. Would you think that taking a benadryl each day (to control my allergy symptoms) may also reduce the break outs I experience? Hmm

Sam said...

This is a really interesting and useful post! Thanks so much for sharing!

Meredith Jessica said...

Great post. I also remember reading that the general chin area is related to menstrual hormones which I know is a fairly high correlation for me. The week before I always explode with zits in that area. TMI probably. Sorry.

LydiaTheStrange said...

@Lovelain: No problem , you're very welcome. :)

@Mandy: I used to use the benadryl cream on the spots I got around my mouth and chin after eating gluten (so difficult to avoid in your diet!). I'd worry that by taking the tablets daily you might build up a tolerance to them, but I think that about most meds.

@Sam: I think face mapping is one of the best beauty tools out there. :D

@Meredith: I used to always have chin zits around that time, with the mood swings as well I must have been a complete nightmare lol!

All Made Up said...

This is the most useful post I've stumbled across in ages! I constantly suffer from blemishes around my chin but every product and recommendation seems to take into account the entire face - i guess that's why a lot of the more severe cleansers leave my cheeks and forehead really dry

It's awesome to see a whole breakdown cos it means you can actually just focus on problem areas ♥

LydiaTheStrange said...

It's great for using facial masks as well, you can use a moisturising one on your dry areas, and a deep cleansing one with kaolin and clay where you find you're producing excess oil and breaking out. :)