Face Mapping: What the Lines and Wrinkles on Your Face Say About Your Health

March 30, 2019 Updated: April 1, 2019

Face mapping is an ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic way to diagnose many facets of a person’s health, be it physical, mental, or emotional. Certain areas and points on the face correspond to certain organs and internal structures, and ancient practitioners could discern a lot about a patient’s health by their face signs.

The saying: “It’s written all over your face” holds true for your health. Modern science is keeping up with the ancients in this area. Here are some interesting facts about the lines on your face.

Deep forehead wrinkles

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Members of the European Society of Cardiology say that those deep furrows on the brow could indicate the person may have an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD).

“We explored forehead wrinkles as a marker because it’s so simple and visual. Just looking at a person’s face could sound an alarm, then we could give advice to lower risk,” says study author Yolande Esquirol, associate professor of occupational health at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse in France.

“Women who had worse wrinkles also had lesser bone density,” says study researcher Lubna Pal, MD, director of the reproductive ageing and bone health program at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. “Women who had tougher skin had better bones.”

Crepe-like wrinkles around the cheek

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Unusual crepe-like wrinkles on the side of your cheek may indicate over exposure to the sun. Hate to say it, but it could be a sign of skin cancer, so a checkup may be wise. Sunspots are also an indication you might have skin cancer.

Cracks at the corners of the mouth

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This could be a sign of pre-diabetes or diabetes 2.

Dry cracked lips can be a sign of dehydration but can also indicate high blood sugar. If it persists, you may need to get checked out. Oral hygiene care is also important, as dry lips and mouth could indicate mouth issues such as gum disease, candida, as well as being a sign of diabetes, which is also a cause.

Crows feet

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Small lines radiating out from the sides of the eyes can be connected to your smile, or eyesight, but also may have deeper meaning. They can be linked to digestive organs—the stomach, liver, and kidneys.

Consider reevaluating your diet to improve digestion.

Laugh lines

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If you are always happy and laughing, chances are you may have these lines that often form from the base of the nose down to the mouth, and they can be quite noticeable, as they are formed by your constant smile.

However, if that is not the case, they could signify a weak pancreas. So some dietary changes are in order—blueberries, cherries, spinach, and garlic will help strengthen this organ.

We all need to pay attention to the signs our face is presenting to us. We shouldn’t worry about the look of wrinkles, but we should be thankful our body has a warning system such as this to alert us that we need to change our ways. Remember, if you have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice.