Your skin is always speaking, always. 

It's not out to get you, it's trying to tell you something. 

It's your largest eliminatory organ (and largest organ at that), so when we view it as such, it's going to be the final destination of toxins, and accumulation of things our body just cant digest, think of it like the bodies last resort to eliminate things in your body that you just can't process in your kidneys, livers, essentially your blood is "dirty". It can seem super simple, but I know through  my own skin journey, that it's very complex, and healing the skin is so multifaceted. Everybody is also different, so there is no blanket approach. Again, it's hard for people who don't suffer with skin issues, yet I would be hard pressed to find someone ( The exception is maybe some men, although most care to a certain extent ) that didn't have some symptom or issue with their skin, if it's not breakouts, than it's extreme dryness, premature aging, fine lines, inflammation based issues - rosacea / eczema / psoriasis, oiliness, sagging, lose of tone, uneven tone, melasma, pigmentation, redness, lack of glow, greyish skin, etc... Our skin can speak many languages. 

Where you’re breaking out, or where skin issues are situated, can reveal a lot about what’s going on in your body. Our bodies are smarter than we can ever, ever imagine. The body doesn't make mistakes, it just doesn't, it's trying to keep you alive, and in homeostasis, that's it. It's perfect, and again, it's not out to get you. 

Because the skin is a window into our internal selves, I can often time look at someones skin, face, along with hair, and nails and see what's going on. It's showing me what organs are out of balance, and that the body is deficient in minerals, and certain vitamins. Your body, and the language it speaks doesn't lie. We've just been taught to mask, treat harshly, ignore, do quick-fixes, and continue to do the same things, while expecting different results. 

 More technically this is called, Face Mapping, and can be one of the keys to "mysterious" problems behind your skin and internal body issues. It’s a popular method in ancient Chinese medicine that focuses on the different areas of your face, which is super effective for looking deeper within, which is where I believe everything to reside. Deep within the mind + body, which is why I always speak about Deep Healing. I can't + won't take things at surface level, as it will never be sustainable, and will simply be a band-aid. 

When it comes to helping clients with their skin, which is one of my biggest passions, I usually follow this protocol:

  • Full health history (INITIAL CONSULT) - I go V into depth here, sometimes in the first session not even completing the HH
  • The below is done over multiple sessions, which is why I always recommend working together for a journey, instead of a single session, as if something has been plaguing you for months, years, it will take time to heal / clear / restore / rebalance - there is no magic pill, and if we're to find the root causes + heal them, patience + time is vital
  • If they have blood work (which I recommend) we look at hormone levels together
  • In-depth Lifestyle analysis
  • Current skincare regime - Photos - After we've assessed + started working on the internal, we look external to what products are being used as this is 20% of the equation, I only recommend green + natural skincare, as I want it to be fed with non-toxic products, as toxic / conventional products can do more harm than good in the long-run
  • 7-14 day food diary depending on each case
  • Past and current skin symptoms (Stemming from youth)
  • Skin photos with no makeup
  • Future skin goals! Together, we truly get glowing. Nothing makes me happier than a woman feeling confident in her own skin, from the inside out. We all want this, and we all deserve this. This glow, this confidence doesn't stem from a ego place, but from a desire to reflect on the outside what we feel internally 

With this, I have a V holistic view of someones life, and skin, as skin issues aren't just topical, they are linked to the body, and mind. With all of the above I'm then able to assess what the individual needs for their skin, but also their overall diet, including food and supplementation which combined, will help heal, not only the skin, but the body in it's entirety. 

Today I wanted to break down face mapping to give you more clarity as to how everything is connected. Your breakouts aren't random, and just because. They correlate with your organs, and your skin is just a vehicle for the elimination of toxins.

Think of your blemishes, redness, dry patches, inflammation as X’s on a map that is your face. With this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of skin issues and correctly determine how to prevent them from recurring.



Forehead breakouts can be caused by a number of issues, including digestive problems, small intestine issues, liver issues, high levels of stress, irregular sleep cycle, poor diets and even reactions to hair products. To combat forehead acne, get at least seven, eight is ideal, hours of sleep, drink plenty of water to flush out toxins (aim for at least 2 L's), watch your diet to see if any foods spark breakouts and check if certain facial or hair products are irritating skin.

Temples/Eyebrows/Between Brows

Acne in the area around the eyes can be due to poor circulation, gallbladder problems or diets too high in fat, processed foods or alcohol. Again, water intake is essential as is watching one’s diet and hygiene practices. Water seems like such a simple tool, but it really does make a difference.


Acne on the nose can be due to poor diet, constipation, bloating, gastrointestinal imbalance, indigestion or poor blood circulation. 


The left cheek can be faced with breakouts due to the lungs, liver issues, overeating, stress, stomach problems, dirty cell phones, dirty pillowcases or dirty makeup brushes. It’s important to keep the skin clean every day, especially if your environment is a polluted one. Frequently change pillowcases and wipe screens of cell phones! So much bacteria lives in and around us, it's crazy. 

Mouth/Lip Area

Acne here can be caused by constipation, it's true, proper elimination is vital to healthy and glowing skin. An excess of spicy or fried foods can also cause flare ups here. An increased intake of fiber, fruits and vegetables can help skin here.


Acne here can be caused by hormonal problems, gynecological issues, kidney imbalance, too frequent hands to skin contact or toothpaste type. Again, rest and water intake helps plenty. Be aware to not rest your face in hands, unless hands are thoroughly cleaned. These seems super simple but often times people do this unconsciously. Be mindful.


The ears are closely related to the kidneys. If kidneys are not functioning properly or receiving enough nutrients or water, large and persistent pimples can appear on the ear’s surface. To avoid this, it’s recommended to drink enough water, avoiding excess caffeine and salt as your kidneys are the ones to flush out excess salt.

Lastly, I fully understand the pain, and shame caused by relentless breakouts, and troublesome skin. It seems so silly to be so concerned with such an external factor. I know, because I used to shame myself and feel guilty for wanting clear and glowing skin! It was such a terrible physical, and mental cycle.

But wanting to glow, be our best selves, feel confident, happy, and healthy is not silly. Acne is a medical condition and indicates imbalance in the body. Every human being wants to feel balanced, so with this little bit of guidance I hope it will lead you to some answers, and actions. To see lasting change we have to be willing to make changes, do things differently and sometimes sacrifice things which we know are not good for us.

If you're looking to delve deeper into your body, mind and soul, while using nutrition, food as medicine, reprogramming your mindset, advisory into your true innate self, and to take your healing to the next level, I would love to be there for you, and look forward to connecting over a session.




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