Recently, I’ve been breaking out and freaking out (that’s what you do when you have a pimple, right?)…
Growing up, I was lucky; I had minimal acne. But recently it’s been a different story – pimples have been popping up on both cheeks. It’s like everything I avoided in high school has decided to join for the reunion instead. Lovely.
One of my friends suggested I try face mapping. It’s a traditional Chinese technique where they divide the face into different sections and each section corresponds to an internal factor. Like a map, they break down areas of your face and, for lack of a better analogy, treat them as separate countries with their individual issues that need to be dealt with in order to attain flawless skin. Break outs on the jawline indicates a hormonal flux, the nose is linked to the heart, the forehead to the stomach… and the cheeks?
I decided to call Dr Dan Hsu who, aside from being Oprah’s expert on traditional Chinese medicine (and I love Oprah), is the best in the business. I knew if anyone could help me get my face back to its normal, relatively clear complexion it would be him. If he could tell me what, internally, was causing my break outs, then I could tackle it and say sayonara to those pimples.
I floated into his office on a cloud of optimism. The first thing he told me was that I was a “real New Yorker” who “drank too much coffee and wine and didn’t sleep enough”. Ok, this guy is the real deal. He knows.
“But, aside from that, everything internally is fine.” Fine. FINE? But the huge pimples on each cheek that couldn’t be disguised even by my potent concealer-powder-long hair all over my face combination?
“That’s from talking on your mobile phone too much.”
I’m not kidding, that’s what he told me.
I started to think about how filthy my phone is, how I never clean it. How I leave it on any surface, drop it on the floor, give it to strangers to take photos (come on, we all do it) when I don’t know where they’ve been, what they’ve touched or when they last washed their hands…
He told me it’s actually something he’s seeing more and more frequently now that everyone is so reliant on their phones. It’s really affecting people skin – and is that really a surprise? I’ve started cleaning my phone every day now (his recommendation) and now I’m only using my headphones to talk on the phone – it’s never too late for one extra 2015 resolution!
And face mapping? He said that, of course, it can still be taken into consideration (maybe the coffee and wine judgement was a lucky guess?), but that there are more advanced ways to look inside the body now. On the surface, a lot of the breakouts have a logical explanation. For me, he suggested less talking on the phone (aka emergency headphones in my bag at all times now), more water, less coffee (ha!) and less wine (double ha!).
I suppose a girl can try. First things first, the phone.
Is this something you’ve ever noticed – a breakout from using your phone? What do you think about face mapping?