Your skin is a communicative organ
Have you ever eaten something spicy and started to sweat? Have you ever experienced a break-out and related it to stress, hormones, or diet? Are hives an indication of an allergic reaction to you?
Think about the different way we look to our skin to understand what is happening in our bodies.
3 daily tips to see what your skin is saying to you.
1. Facial Mapping
Facial Mapping is an ancient Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine technique to map out the health of the internal organs in the body simply by looking at blemishes or inconsistencies on the face.
It is much like reflexology, and although there are some differences between the Chinese, Indian, and other Eastern Medicines lineages they all seem to practice facial mapping in some way, shape of form.
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The way we recommend using Face Mapping on a daily basis is to pay attention to reoccurring blemishes, dry patches, or irritations. It is an excellent tool to confirm information we already know about what is happening inside the body.
For example: It is common for women to break out along their jawlines when they are menstruating or going through hormonal changes. In face mapping this area is related to the pelvic floor.
Disclaimer: Your skin is not a doctor, and neither are we, but using your skin as a method to reflect on your internal health is a proactive tool for your health. Please consult a professional you trust if you feel you have a serious condition.
2. Acne classification
Acne is one of the most common skin problems, and almost everyone can attest to having a breakout or two during their life. However acne can be much more severe than an annoying pimple on picture day.
Acne classification is important because it can be indicative of imbalances occurring in the body. Acne can be triggered internally due to any number of stresses, hormonal changes, food allergies, gut flora imbalances, or even genetic disposition (often cystic acne is genetic). Acne can also occur due to hygiene, heat triggers, allergic reactions, or picking.
It is important to address acne in mild to moderate stages. It can be much more difficult to treat when it is severe.
3. Sun Damage (Age Spots)
Checking your skin for new sun spots and signs of damage is proactive and effective for minimizing the risk of skin cancer. Age spots appear as a result of free-radical damage internally or externally. They can be caused by more than just the sun and also can appear all throughout the body on the organs.
Age spots (not to be confused with freckles) are an indication of the level of free radical damage endured by the body. Noticing if an age spot has grown in size, shape, form, or colour is a great self-health practice.
If you think about all the different ways we interact with our skin it seems obvious that it is a communicative organ. Perhaps because we see it everyday, like the clothes on our skin, or the products we apply to it, we develop a relationship with it where it is tough, like armour. True, our skin is tough… It has an important job in protecting us, keeping our temperature regulated, excreting waste, and holding us together (visualize for a second what a messy puddle on the floor we would be without our skin).
Even though we like to dress it up and take it out, our skin is also an organ, and like all organs there are many things we can do to keep it healthy and functioning optimally.