How to “Read” Your Lines and Wrinkles

I wrote about face-mapping recently, with regard to acne (you can read it here if you missed it), but today I want to go a bit further. You see, the ancient art of face-mapping or face-reading isn’t only about what your acne can tell you. even the simplest facial feature can tell you something about your body, your mind or emotions, or even your character.

Today we’re going to look at those lines and wrinkles that many of us notice as we journey through life.

face map imageThe above illustration shows many of the most common lines, wrinkles and other features we may notice on a day-to-day basis.

Here’s how to read them according to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian tradition of healing…

1. Horizontal lines on forehead – these lines are often known as “worry lines” because when we’re worried we tend to wrinkle our forehead. They could also be a sign of an excess of liquid, sugar or fat intake.
2. Right vertical line between eyebrows – this line can indicate a weak liver.
3. Left vertical line between eyebrows – this line can indicate a weak spleen.
4. Deep horizontal grove at top of nose – this could indicate that you’re prone to allergies, or that you have a low sex-drive.
5. Crows feet – these small lines seen radiating from the outer corners of the eyes could be a sign of weak eyesight which causes you to squint, as does bright light. They could also indicate a weak liver.
6. Bags or dark circles under the eyes – bags under the eyes is a sign of water-retention and could indicate a kidney problem. Dark circles can indicate poor circulation. For more information on dark under-eye circles, take a look at a previous article I wrote – Let’s talk about dark under-eye circles.
7. Tender area at centre of cheek – this can be a sign of sinus congestion, as when you’ve got a head cold, but it can also signal digestive problems.
8. Red nose tip – as with acne found in this area, a red nose tip can be a sign of heart problems; perhaps your heart is feeling over-worked.
9. Deep vertical line at side of mouth – this line could be a signal of weaknesses in your reproductive system.
10. Prominent laughter lines – if you spend a lot of your time laughing then this is natural, but strong laughter lines can be a sign of pancreatic problems, or diabetes.
11. Vertical lines above top lip – do you smoke? These lines are often the result of smoking. They can also indicate a lack of sexual activity.
12. Spots on the lips…
Whitish discolouration – this can be a sign of parasites in the colon.
Blue-purple discolouration – this can signal poor circulation, perhaps due to constipation.
Dark spots – again, can indicate colon problems.
13. Double chin – often due to a person being over-weight, but could show a slow or weak thyroid gland.
14. Ring around iris – this discolouration around the iris of the eye can show high cholesterol.
15. Prominent temporal vein – this can show high blood pressure, which could be the result of anger or anxiety.
16. Deep groove on the chin – this line can indicate feelings of grief, or frustration. It can also show a strong sex drive.

As you can see from the above list, our facial lines and wrinkles don’t just indicate physical situations within the body, they also indicate feelings and emotions.

I’ve also split the face into three sections – forehead, nose and cheeks, and the mouth, chin and neck.

Ayurveda believes that any problems seen on the forehead indicates problems with the colon and can signal anxiety, fear or worry. Likewise, any problems seen on the nose and cheeks indicates issues with the small intestines and can show anger, jealousy or frustration. Lastly, any problems seen on the mouth, chin and neck can indicate issues with the chest and stomach, and can signal grief, depression or attachment issues.

This is a really basic introduction to face-reading, but the next time you notice any lines or wrinkles, you could try following these face-mapping guidelines. It could well be that your skin is trying to give you a message from your internal organs.

However, as with any medical issue, it is always good to get a doctor’s opinion. This is just a general guide to set you in the right investigative direction.

Until next time,

Much love from Sami x



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How to “Read” Your Lines and Wrinkles — 25 Comments

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  3. Some of this is just utter bull. As someone who’s worked in the hospital field for many years, you can’t link what your face looks like to medical problems. Some people just have genetics that create these lines. Some people just have these due to constant use of facial expressions and/or sleep cycles. Don’t go around frightening people into thinking they have health issues. Where did this group get the ideas from? It’s like the Chinese belief that ivory will heal many things: it won’t.

    • Hi Java, thank you for your comment and sharing your opinions. You’re right, some lines and wrinkles can be caused by genetics and/or sleeping positions. They can also, as you say, be caused by repetitive facial expressions. But these repeated facial expressions could be due to something deeper – as I mention in the article, certain areas of the face are linked to different emotions and feelings.
      Can I also point out that as you have worked in the hospital field for many years, you must have first-hand experience of witnessing how modern Western medicine (namely, throw medicines and drugs at any symptom of disease or illness rather than taking the time to investigate the route cause of the problem) doesn’t always have great results.
      With this article I want to introduce a new way of thinking about illness and health (well actually it’s really old way of thinking – Chinese medicine has been using this method for hundreds of years).
      Again, thank you for your comment and for joining the discussion.

    • You are wrong. The face is the window to entire body health. If you you take the time to read it in the morning, it will reflect your activities and reflect the positive or negative things you have done for you body the day before. For example, not enough water will give me deep lines in the forehead. I double up on the h2o and in a day or 2 they are gone. And I’m no spring chicken, im 53, smoked for 20 years but of course no longer do. And btw I belive that wrinkles are impacted by age but are more likely a result of systemic dehydration. Isnt that good news?

    • I am not sure where “the Chinese belief that ivory will heal many things”comes from. As I am living in China for years and never hear of such things. But I do believe the lines is a mirror to your body health according to traditional Chinese medical system. For instance, 95% of people who has the line 4 would have problems related to heart disease. If you are a doctor, I highly recommend you to update your knowledge, especially those areas you don’t know. Read “Compendium of Materia Medical” which is a book written thousands years ago by Chinese, you will know how funny your comment is. Again, Never judge those things you don’t know.

  4. Your method of explaining the whole thing in this post is genuinely
    nice, all be able to effortlessly understand it, Thanks a

  5. Thanks for a lovely introduction to the topic. Can you tell us the references/books you used to write this blog article? Or other resources you recommend? I’d like to look at this more in depth.

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for your comment, and many apologies for my uber-late reply!
      I’m afraid I can’t remember where I first read this… I think it was an old Ayurveda book. But there is loads of information out there on the web, and I know there are books available on the subject. Perhaps try looking into Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
      I hope this helps,
      Sami x

    • Hi Christlyn,
      Thank you for your comment. Firstly… why are you experiencing heavy irradiation??? That would certainly worry me! Secondly… as I’m working with limited information, I can’t say for sure that it would cause the horizontal lines (though I wouldn’t be surprised), but I doubt very much that it’s doing you any good.
      Sami x

  6. Hi All, I wanted to share my personal experience regarding the “number eleven” or mean look creases in between the eyebrows. For almost 8 years, these creases came and went. Some mornings I would wake up with them stuck and then other mornings they would vanish. I paid a lot of $$ for Botox which resolved it for a short time. I knew I needed to take better care of myself. After slowly making some changes.. quitting smoking, decreasing alcohol intake significantly, removing as many toxic household and skin products from my home and regimen and eating better and of course, excercising more.. the creases are not only a think of the past but luckily I do not have any wrinkles that remain there. Use natural products to cleanse and exfoliate.. homemade citrus scrubs are great and avacado is a wonderful mask. Use non perfumed products (I think that made a huge difference). Unrefined raw shea butter is a must for face and body. Get enough sleep. I have definitely witnessed a turn back the clock result. Nothing in a bottle can do that for you. Be healthy, you’re face will tell the story!

    • Hi Lisa,
      That’s a great story, I’m so pleased for you! You are a great testament to what a healthy diet and lifestyle can do for your skin. Thanks for sharing your story.
      Sami x

  7. what about swollen bag like areas above the eyelids but under the eyebrows, closer to the nose than to the outside
    someone said this might be bladder?

    it is not in the photo

    also line number 9? are you sure this is not a sign of weak circulation

    thank you

  8. Hello. I am looking for some advice about my skin, in particular, my face.
    I am in my mid 50s and I stopped smoking and drinking a couple of years ago in a bid to live a healthier lifestyle. On the whole, my face is quite healthy-looking with only minimal wrinkles. My concern is are wrinkles hereditary?
    When my mother was alive her face was completely lined with deep wrinkles and she had a leathery looking skin. She looked a good 15-20 years older than she actually was. Her face hadn’t always been wrinkled like this, in fact, when she was younger she had lovely skin. She had suffered mental health problems for quite a few years and had spent much of her life consumed by irrational thoughts that people were doing her wrong. In real life, this was not the case at all! It was all in my mother’s head.
    Having recently had a couple of deeper wrinkles appear on my own face it got me thinking as to whether I could have inherited my mother’s skin. Or, do you think, that her wrinkles were kind of self-inflicted, of her own making, caused by the torture of the irrational thoughts that were going on inside her head?
    If this is the case, would I be correct in thinking that her wrinkles would not, therefore, be inherited by me?
    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Hi Joanne,
      Congratulations on stopping smoking and drinking! You have already made a HUGE step toward looking after your skin.
      To answer your question… wrinkles can be hereditary, yes, but not all wrinkles are. From what you describe, it does sound like your Mother’s wrinkles could have a lot to do with what was going on in her life. And for most of us, it is our lifestyle that contributes to the health of our skin.
      My advice would be to not worry about inheriting your Mother’s wrinkles (worrying causes wrinkles, after all) and instead, work to support your body and your skin as best you can. You’ve already come a long way by quitting smoking and giving up alcohol, and it sounds like you’re already working towards a healthy lifestyle, so here are just a few pointers… Be sure you’re eating a well-balanced, healthy diet and drinking plenty of water. Also get plenty of exercise, fresh air, and good-quality sleep. And, of course, try to avoid stress.
      Sami x

  9. This is crazy, I always wondered why my baby boy had a red tip to his nose, just like a little Rudolph. This explains it perfectly.

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