What does acne reveal about our bodies?


Acne is an inflammatory disease of the skin that occurs when the sebaceous glands are blocked in the face and upper body by sebum, a fatty substance produced by these glands.

There are several forms of acne, most commonly acne vulgaris, occurring primarily in adolescents whose hormonal changes cause sebaceous gland enlargement and sebum production.

Three in five people between the ages of 12 and 24 have acne, but they can occur in people of all ages. It is estimated that one in five adults between the ages of 25 and 44 has acne, and that almost half of all adult women have mild to moderate acne.

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The most common causes of acne formation are:

• excessive secretion of tallow (sebum)

• irregular peeling of dead skin cells

• bacteria

• inflammation

Although acne is not a serious health problem, it is necessary to treat it properly to avoid scarring. In rare cases, the sudden development of severe acne in adults is a sign of an illness and in which case you should definitely see a doctor.

Depending on the area in which they occur, acne can reveal a lot about the general condition of the body.

Did you know that certain parts of your face are connected to other parts of your body?

According to ancient Chinese medicine, the face is divided into zones where the action of individual organs can be read.

Here’s what acne on your face indicates:

Digestive system and bladder – zones 1 and 2

Acne on the upper forehead indicates bladder problems.

Acne in the middle part of the forehead is a sign of problems with the digestive system.

As a sign of kidney disease, but also as a result of stress, acne appears in the area around the eyebrows.


Reduce processed foods, fat and boost water intake.

Liver – zone 3

If acne occurs between your eyebrows, have your liver checked.


Reduce your intake of alcohol, fatty foods and dairy products. This is a zone that indicates an allergy to some foods, so check the ingredients in the foods you consume.

In addition to choosing more carefully the foods you consume, you should exercise for at least 30 minutes daily and sleep enough to allow your liver to rest at night.

Kidney – zone 4 and 9

Acne and anything else that appears in the area around the eyes (including the eyes) can indicate dehydration.


Decrease your coffee and alcohol intake as this can promote dehydration. Drink plenty of fluid, best water.

Heart – zone 5

Check your blood pressure and vitamin B levels.


Reduce your intake of spicy foods, meat and move more in the fresh air.

Plus, it would be a good idea to check for cholesterol, it’s probably elevated. Replace ‘bad fats’ with ‘good’ ones. ‘Good fats’ are omega 3s and 6s and are found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seeds.

Respiratory – zone 6

If you smoke and suffer from allergies, this can be reflected in these areas on the face. If none of these are issues, don’t let your body overheat.


Avoid the intake of foods in the body that increases acids (milk, meat, caffeine …). Dirty cell phones and pillows are also two culprits for pimples in these areas.

Eat more unprocessed foods, reduce sugar intake and move more into the fresh air.

Avoid meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and sugar.

Add more green vegetables to your diet.

Hormones – zone 7

Acne in this area indicates stress and hormonal changes. We probably cannot avoid them completely, but we can minimize their effect.


Get enough sleep, drink enough water, eat plenty of vegetables and keep your skin perfectly clear.

Another interesting fact, acne in these areas also indicate ovulation (and on which side of the ovary).

Stomach – zone 8

Reduce the overload of the body with toxins, increase fiber intake and drink herbal teas that will facilitate digestion.

Bacteria, disease – zone 10

Pimples in this area indicate that your body is fighting some bacteria.


Relax, take a nap, breathe deeply, practice yoga, drink plenty of water, strengthen your immunity.

Next time you get pimples, try looking in the face on the map. Your skin reveals more to you than you think.

However, as with any medical problem, it is best to see your doctor or dermotologist for an accurate diagnosis. This is just a general guide that can get you started in the right direction.

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