What Your Breakout Could Say About Your Health

What Your Spot Can Tell You About Your Health

The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 28/10/11 15:32 Updated: 28/10/11 15:32

We all have breakouts from time to time, but if you suffer from them regularly and haven't figured out why, the answer could literally be staring you in the face.

Spots, boils and acne on certain parts of the body can be a telling indication of underlying health issues.

Find out what your blemishes are trying to tell you with our spot check slideshow below...

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  • Cheeks

    According to Chinese medicine, spots that appear on your right cheek could be linked to your lungs. If you suffer from asthma or if you're a smoker, you're more prone to small capillaries breaking under the skin causing a breakout. They can also be caused by respiratory illnesses like flu. While the right cheek is linked to problems with the lungs, acne on the left cheek could signal problems of the gallbladder. If you get spots around your lower cheek, this could possibly be down to poor dental health with the inside of your mouth.

  • Ears

    If you get spot on your ears, this could be your kidneys way of sending a red alert to your body. Breakouts around the ear (or sometimes, inside the ear), mean that your body needs more water. It could also be down to a high level of caffeine and salt in your blood.

  • Back

    If you have spots on your back, it could be caused by lack of hygiene, especially if you sweat a lot. The skin is an organ of detoxification that gets rid of a lot of waste materials, particularly when sweating, so if you're not washing straight away the follicles can get blocked up and consequently causes spots.

  • Chest

    Spots usually appear on the chest area when excess oils have been produced. This can be linked to rapid hormonal changes in the body, poor hygiene, washing powder (as this could irritate your chest area), as well as stress.

  • Arms

    If your skin feels coarse and bumpy with little spots, you may have something called <a href="http://www.keratosispilaris.org/" target="_hplink">Keratosis Pilaris</a>. This is usually caused by an overproduction of dead cells at the hair follicle, as well as poor circulation. It could also be a sign that your body isn't using the vitamins from your diet efficiently.

  • Forehead

    If you have a breakout of spots across your forehead, this could be a signal that your digestion is in a poor state. This could be anything from a toxin build-up, to your small intestine struggling to break-down food. Having a spotty forehead could also be your body's way of trying to tell you that you need to drink more water (particularly needed to flush out the toxins), so increase your water intake and steer clear of heat-dispelling and junk food.

  • Chin

    Spots that appear on either side of the chin or on the upper lip, could be linked to your menstrual cycle. According to the experts, you can even predict which ovary you are ovulating from according to which side of your chin your spot appears on. Spots on the upper and centre of the chin can be linked back to the small intestine. These usually occur as a result of eating too many fatty foods, and sometimes food allergies can trigger them off.

  • Eyebrows

    If spots appear in your eyebrows, or on your temples, this could link to your adrenal glands, which sit on the top of your kidneys and can distress the skin when aggravated. Stress is a major factor that triggers these glands off, so try and reduce your stress levels to clear the problem area. The adrenal glands are also linked to spot outbreaks on the neck area too. Another signal from your body when a spot develops around your eyebrow area could be down to an overactive liver. This occurs when food is eaten late at night, especially foods that are rich.