It’s beauty week at HC Villanova, and we’ve got some skin secrets for you!
We live in a world where new is synonymous with best. Think about it - we all want the newest technology, clothes, shoes, and even skin care products because we think they’re better than their predecessors, right? While it’s true that improvements are generally made--and always welcomed--in new products, we shouldn’t forget that sometimes it’s better to revert back to your roots. Ancient roots.
I give you: face mapping.
In ancient China, certain medicines were prescribed to people based on the belief that different areas of the face correspond with internal areas of your body. Essentially, your breakouts were indicators of much bigger problems, and solving those problems solved your skin issues too! This belief still holds true today, and various dermatologists and reflexologists swear by it.
So, what are your breakouts telling you?
First, there are different zones: the forehead, temples, between the brows, left cheek, right cheek, lip area, chin and jawline, and neck.
Zone 1: Forehead
Causes: Digestive system, stress, irregular sleep schedule
Cures: Eat less processed junk food - your body might have a hard time breaking down the sugar, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush out toxins, and put yourself on a regular sleep schedule!
-Reach for a cooling food like cucumber or melon as a snack.
-In the words of the Olay commercial, your skin “works differently” at night. Though it’s difficult, you should at least try to hop into bed around 10:30 - 11, and wake up earlier than you normally would.
If you’ve recently switched shampoos/conditioners/gels etc and have suddenly seen a much higher increase in forehead acne, it’s very possible that your new hair product is the cause of your breakout! Also a possibility - unclean hats/helmets (if you’re an athlete), or dirty bangs - anything that’s touching your forehead for a prolonged period of time should be clean to begin with since it is a very sensitive area and the pores clog more easily.