A Dermalogica Professional Skin Therapist uses Face Mapping® to divide the facial landscape into fourteen zones. Each zone is examined to determine where conditions such as congestion, breakouts, dehydration, and/or hyperpigmentation are present.
Chinese Diagnosis, one of the philosophies behind Face Mapping®, is based on the belief that the skin provides and outside view into the body's internal health.
Please note, this information is not intended to replace or supercede that of a trained medical professional. If you have any doubt about your health, visit your doctor.
Here are some examples of what you might find in each zone:
zones 1 and 3
Traditionally, this zone is regarded as the “sister” to the bladder and digestive system. If you break out frequently in this area, it might mean that you need to improve your elimination by driking more water and eating more whole foods.
The middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows, is related to the liver. Congestion in this zone can indicate over-consumption of alcohol, rich foods, and possibly a food allergy (such as lactose intolerance).
zones 4 and 10
The ears are a highly sensitive area related to the kidneys. If you notice that your ears are very hot, you might be stressing them out – drink plenty of plain water and cut down on caffeine and alcohol.
zones 5 and 9
The cheeks often give an accurate glimpse into any respiratory distress. Smokers or people suffering from allergies generally experience fine, broken capillaries or congestion in this area, which relates to lungs.
zones 6 and 8
The eyes are truly a window to the body’s health because they are related to the kidneys. Dark circles, while often hereditary, are made worse by dehydration and poor elimination.
A reddened nose can indicate heightened blood pressure, or the early stages of rosacea. Congestion around the upper lip can occur if you use comedogenic lipsticks or liners.
zones 11 and 13
If you’ve had extensive dental surgery done, you might notice a breakout along the jaw line, near the ears. For women, this area also links with the ovaries, and breakouts can often occur prior to menstruation.
Breakouts can indicate hormonal imbalace, possibly caused by stress. Poor diet and possible food allergies can also affect this area as the chin links with the small intestine.
Adrenal stress can often show on the neck, with flushing being very common. Fragrance use can also lead to hyperpigmentation. Don’t ignore the neck and upper chest when applying sunscreen!