Did you know that breakouts, redness, dryness, dark circles, and puffiness are not just signs of a late night or erratic hormones?

The face signals underlying imbalances within the body’s organs and systems – nervous, endocrine, immune, digestive, circulatory, respiratory and excretory. Divided into three main zones – upper, middle and lower, the face is a reflection of the energy or vitality of a person. 

Optimal health presents as a clear, vibrant complexion, while sub-optimal health can lead to changes in colour, texture and the appearance of the skin. While what we put on our skin is certainly important in regards to its health and appearance, the location of our skin problems can tell us a lot about our body and indeed how it is functioning.

Ever wondered why that pimple appears in the same spot every single time? Let’s take a look within…


Troubled skin on the upper forehead reflects the bladder, while the lower forehead, the gastrointestinal tract and digestion. Issues in this area are associated with constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or urinary tract infections (UTI’s). 


The ears and temples are closely linked with kidney health (excess caffeine, stress and inadequate water intake) and sluggish lymphatic circulation. 


Overindulging during lockdown 4.0? The brows can indicate liver congestion as well as underlying conditions such as hepatitis, jaundice and gallbladder dysfunction. Blemishes in this area can suggest difficulty in breaking down heavy, fatty foods or eating too late at night. Flaky, dry skin could be a sign of dehydration or overworked kidneys. 


A red, slightly bilious, nose may be a sign of cardiovascular health – blood pressure, circulation and cholesterol. The skin condition rosacea can show up in this zone. Indoor and outdoor air pollution will damage this part of the skin. 


Breakouts on the right cheek typically relate to the lungs, while the left cheek, the gums and teeth. Sinus issues and allergies may surface as a result of food sensitivities or environmental stress from air pollution and smoking. Dental problems (tooth infections or gingivitis) may also appear. 


The mouth and lip governs the endocrine system. Hormonal imbalances or menstrual issues are likely to show up here. Chronic stress is also a major player. Stress triggers a rise in cortisol, increasing sebum production in the skin which then contributes to acne flares. 


Problematic skin in this zone not only reflects hormonal health, but also inadequate digestion. Overconsumption of sweet and/or fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol can slow digestive processes. Follow the golden rule – everything in moderation!

The skin is a whisper from our beautiful body and we need to start listening to what it may be telling us. If you or someone you know has a chronic skin condition or perhaps a resurgence in ‘mask-ne’, Naturopathy could be the key!