My Acne Face Map

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What Is An Acne Face Map?

So often your skin will break out in certain on your face and those areas are sometimes related to certain organ systems in your body. So your acne is actually telling you that there are certain imbalances from within that you need to address.

Now the acne face map originates from Chinese medicine theory because the Chinese have really, really nailed diagnosis by observing the human body. The thing that they’re really amazing at is deciphering the pulses and also looking at the tongue because there are different places in the tongue that are related to different organs systems and their ability to diagnose what is going on in your body by looking at your tongue is amazing.

Neck and Ears

If you tend to break out a lot on your neck, that can mean that there’s some lymphatic stagnation going on in your body and this is the same for the ears. Using a Jade roller in those areas or is really helpful and my favorite is using homeopathy to get lymphatic system moving. It works amazingly well. It’s complex homeopathy. I go over it in my seven-week clearer skin program and it really makes a difference.

Jaw Line

This is a notorious place for hormonal acne to kind of pop up and if you have acne in this area,  your hormones need to be balanced. The best way to balance your hormones is to reduce inflammation in your body. 

My seven-week clearer skin program goes through this in detail, but when you have low inflammation in your body, your ovaries follicles are able to mature really optimally and when you ovulate your body is going to produce adequate progesterone and that’s what you need to really get that hormonal balance.

Chin Area

If you have acne on your cheek area, it means that your microbiome is imbalanced and therefore your gut is not working ideally. That’s a big one, or you have poor detoxification in the body, supporting the liver is number one and also supporting the lymph.

Between the Eyebrows

IIf you have breakouts here, chances are they may be stress related. There’s a very, very important Chinese acupuncture point  right in between the eyebrows. It’s called Yin Tang and it just relieves stress automatically. So again, going back to stress management, I have a whole program in my seven-week clearer skin program.


So the forehead, food intolerances, poor detoxification and stress. I see it all happening in the forehead. Sometimes people have…. I know for me, I’ll tell you me, whenever I eat dairy, my forehead breaks out immediately.

So we always have to go back to the underlying root cause of the acne, reduce inflammation in your body so your skin isn’t sensitive. So I hope that was helpful.


Thank you so much,

Dr. Stacey Shillington ND


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