Can your acne reveal health problems in your body?

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Acne is a debilitating affliction in its own right, but there are experts that believe that acne is not just the result of oily skin. Some believe that the position of your acne can disclose health issues within the rest of your body.

As reflexology targets the feet to diagnose and correct health problems, Chinese alternative practitioners believe that spots in certain facial areas reflect health problems in the body.

Doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, John Tsagaris, spoke to FEMAIL and revealed that acne can be the result of stress, dehydration, poor diet, allergies and hormonal activity.

He shows what acne on different areas of your face means regarding your overall health:

“In Chinese medicine, acne is interpreted as the effect of an imbalance of the system that controls the health of the skin, which are the lungs and the kidneys.

“In this model, the skin is affected by overwhelming fluctuations of hormones, which affects sebum production as well as the pH of skin, triggering bacteria growth and clogged pores.”

Tsagaris states that the skin is an organ in itself, and shows up what is happening on the inside of our bodies.

He goes through each area of the face, offering a diagnosis to the health problem, and a solution to clearing the acne by addressing the underlying cause.


If your acne is situated mainly on the forehead, Tsagaris says that it is possible for diet to be the main issue:

“For those who are prone to acne type conditions across the forehead I would always look at the health of the body as a whole, which of course includes diet, as the two are closely linked,” he says.

“Eating less processed foods and reducing the amount of fat in your diet can help, as these negatively influence the digestive system.”

Tsagaris recommends drinking plenty of water in order to flush out any digestive imbalances, and getting enough sleep. Between seven to nine hours every night is about right for most people.


If acne is more present on the cheek areas, Tsagaris believes that poor lifestyle choices and stress could be responsible. The diet could lead the body to be more acid, and cause breakouts on the cheeks:

“Acne conditions across the cheeks are problematic and this can be a result of stress to the respiratory system,” he explains.

“Smoking and/or allergies can be a big factor, however I would always look at the client’s diet and lifestyle as a whole.”

Tsagaris recommends lots of leafy vegetables to increase the alkaline level in the body:

He adds: “Keeping the body more alkaline by increasing the intake of green vegetables and wheatgrass, as well as reducing meat and dairy could help combat this problem area.”

He also suggests to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water in order to flush out many digestive problems, which can show themselves as acne on the face.


Acne on the chin and around the mouth are not so much due to poor diet but mainly because of hormonal changes. Women may experience more acne in this area around their periods, or if they have conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Tsagaris suggests: “You must allow the body to function properly, without treating it as a machine, and always remember that adequate sleep, relaxation, hydration and eating a balanced healthy diet can help keep skin looking energised and healthy.”

Not drinking enough water can lead to outbreaks on the chin area as it can cause an imbalance in the kidneys.


Spots on the nose tend to indicate poor diet and a sluggish indigestion.

Tsagaris claims that it is toxins, “excess hormones, dietary bio products, free radicals”, that cause inflammation and acne.

There are ways to improve on your diet in order to get your skin acne-free.

Tsagaris suggests foods TO EAT:

Aloe Vera, alfalfa sprouts, buckwheat, brown rice, beet tops, cherries, cucumber, celery, carrots, cabbage, carrot tops, lettuce, lentils, millet, mung beans, potatoes, papaya, pears, persimmons, raspberries, millet, split peas, watermelon, winter melon

Tsagaris suggests foods TO AVOID:

Caffeine, carbonated drinks, chocolate, dairy products, excess sugar, nuts, seeds, shellfish, and fatty, fried, and processed foods

Source: FEMAIL

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