Hidden messages from your acne breakouts decoded

[By Chen Lijun]

Unlike most of our pubertal growing pains, the angst of an acne breakout never really left us. We get them at the worst possible times, like during our periods and when we’re really stressed out. While fluctuating hormonal levels can certainly cause havoc to our complexion, they apparently aren’t the only culprit. Have you heard about face mapping? Face mapping, a combination of alternative ancient Chinese and Ayurveda medicinal practices believes that the location where acne appear on your face corresponds to health issues pertaining to certain underlying organ system.Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones point to different problems and with this knowledge as a guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish but also treat your health issues in a timely manner. However, don’t get all hypochondraic just because you’re getting a pimple on your chin time and again. Face mapping isn’t exactly‘science’, so it’s best to approach it with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, if your acne appears repeatedly in the same place, or you have chronic acne which doesn’t respond, decoding those hidden messages from your zits might offer clues for supplementary actions that’ll help restore peace and tranquility to your disturbed skin.

2881Forehead acne might be due to digestive disturbances

Zits on the forehead might point towards digestive turmoil caused by dietary indiscretions and over indulgence on junk or overly processed food. Clean up your diet and cut back on sugary snacks, deep fried faves and salty tidbits. Replaced them with healthy whole foods, fresh veggies and fruits. Supplement your best dietary efforts and give your body a daily dose of detox with Sloane Inc Pure Cleanse, either taken on its own or mixed with Detox Tea. Containing Dandelion root and Chicory root, these are powerful natural antioxidants that are resistant to swelling. Wormwood leaf, another active ingredient, is anti-inflammatory, aids digestion and prevents hearburn while Milk Thistle is unique in its ability to protect the liver and acts in a similar fashion to detoxify other synthetic chemicals that find their way into our bodies, from acetaminophen and alcohol to heavy metals and radiation. Recommended as part of a body detoxification program to relieve fluid retention, regulate digestion and drainage, living toxin-free has never been easier or felt better!

2880Have your blood pressure assessed and avoid meat and spicy food Rudolph

Face mapping experts link the nose to your heart and suggest a blood pressure evaluation if you’re constantly plagued with zits that make you resemble Rudolph. Decrease your intake of spicy or pungent food, cut back on red meat, and look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. In addition, since this area is choke-full of dilated pores with a propensity to clog up and lead to breakout, looking into ways to reduce your pore size will certainly help to nip your skin woe in the bud.

As a standalone treatment or as part of the comprehensive Pore Reduction Program, the Laser Peel is the ideal way to slough off dead cells and shrink down pores without the use of harsh chemicals. This state of the art approach to skin rejuvenation resurfaces and replenishes the skin at the same time with the use of gentle yet deep penetrating laser energy to exfoliate the rough and damaged outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal younger, softer, and fairer skin underneath. It refines skin texture by minimising pore size as it renews environmentally and sun-damaged skin with improved skin tone and density. In addition, it can also help regulate oiliness and control blemishes especially in the T-zone including the nose area.

2879Zits on cheeks could be due to respiratory issues

Do you smoke, have allergies or guilty of both? This could be the culprit behind those recurrent zits on your cheeks. Quitting the ciggies is a no brainer but if you’ve allergies, perhaps you should get proper medical help to control them.If neither of these affect you, don’t let your body overheat by consuming more cooling foods like barley water, lemongrass and green bean soup. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic such as meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar and adding more alkalizing items including leafy green veggies and wheatgrass juice.

Unlike most spas where conventional microdermabrasion is performed as a mechanical form of exfoliation, the Hydropeel offered by The Sloane Spa @ION utilizes a 2-phase stream that creates a jet composed of gas (oxygen) and micro-droplets of fluid (saline) accelerated to high velocities to tackle pores ravaged by air pollutants. This unique oxygen + saline delivery system impacts the skin and causes precise yet gentle cosmetic peeling, working exceptionally well for thorough, deep pore cleansing. Together with the oxygen, vital nutrients are delivered transdermally with the saline to leave the skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with an unbeatable post therapy glow, an oasis for blemished complexions affected by direct or passive cigarettes smoking and other environmental assaults.

2878Blame your hormones on chin and jawline acne

Acne on or near your chin and jawline might be traced back to a hormonal imbalance, which can be caused by stress or menstruation. Clocking enough restful sleep, drinking spearmint tea and taking omega-3 supplements are some suggested ways to tackle breakout involving these areas. You might find it useful to have your hormonal levels properly assessed too. “Hormonal acne can be relatively easy or extremely difficult to treat.” Says Dr. Michelle Lim, senior medical consultant with The Sloane Clinic. “A consistent routine should be put in place whatever the case, and whatever course of treatment you choose, having the patience to endure a waiting period which can be a prolonged two to three months is crucial even for powerful prescriptive oral contraceptives and/or androgen blocker such as spironolactone.”

While waiting for the effects of your systemic hormonal therapy to fall into place, topical treatment bears a synergistic effect in the restoration of a blemish-free complexion. The Smoothbeam® 1450 nm diode laser is the first FDA-approved laser and by far one of the most efficacious method for acne clearance. Smoothbeam® laser treatment effectively tackles acne by emitting a wavelength of light that generates heat in and around the sebaceous glands, altering the structure of the glands and thereby reducing the over-production of acne-causing sebum for effective, long-lasting acne remissions. In addition, other benefits of the Smoothbeam® laser include improvement in moderate acne scarring and lightening of superficial fine lines such as those found around the eyes!


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