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 & 3Improper 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.
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.
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.
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 14Flushing 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.