Irish Examiner: Skin Mapping and Skincare

19 Aug 2019 | Category: Cosmetic

Irish Examiner

Skin Mapping and Skincare

The Irish Examiner looks at the concept of ‘skin mapping’ – dividing the face into sections – in a feature entitled: 

“Skin mapping: What is it and how can it transform your approach to skincare?”

The writers asked Cosmedics Skin Clinics’ founder and Medical Director, Dr Ross Perry, for expert input and opinion. He explained that skin mapping is simply:

“…a detailed and precise record of the skin”

Skin mapping is a service that is increasingly offered by big beauty brands and retail chains, but it is also something that can be done on a DIY basis. The principle is to divide the face into different areas, in order to identify possible issues and find suitable solutions.

Dr Ross Perry also suggests taking pictures, which he says:

“…can then be used to highlight the priorities and then serve as a benchmark for comparison of the results after treatment”

Dr Perry suggested 14 separate facial zones which could link to wider health issues.

Zones 1 & 3

Where? The left and right sides of your forehead. This can relate to the bladder and digestive system.

What? You might notice congestion or breakouts under the surface of the skin, particularly along the hairline and eyebrows. Dr Perry says:

“This is a key area to look out for in terms of dehydration, leading to premature lines”

Advice? Dr Perry’s tip would be to:

“upping your water levels, thoroughly cleansing morning and night and eating more whole foods”

Zone 2

Where? The central forehead. This can be related to your liver.

What? Dr Perry says:

“The overall appearance can get congested, have redness, flakiness and lines. You might also find this area more oily.”

Advice? Dr Perry’s tip would be:

“cutting back on rich foods, alcohol and late-night eating”

Zones 4 & 10

Where? Left and right ears This can be linked to your kidneys.

What? Dr Perry says:

“Your ears may be hot to the touch, sensitive and possible congested.”

Advice? Dr Perry’s tip would be:

“It’s best to cut back on your caffeine intake and drink plenty of water.”

Zones 5 & 9

Where? Left and right cheeks.

What? Dr Perry says:

“…broken capillaries, breakouts, hyperpigmentation and premature lines”

Advice? Dr Perry’s tip would be:

“Ditch the nicotine if you’re a smoker, make sure you properly cleanse thoroughly morning and night and tackle any gum or tooth problems you may be experiencing.”

Zones 6 & 8

Where? Around the eyes, where skin is delicate. This area is also linked to kidneys and can indicate poor hydration and elimination.

What? Dr Perry says:

“milia [white bumps], general puffiness and sensitive skin”

Advice? Dr Perry’s tip would be:

“up the water intake, cleanse thoroughly and eat a well balanced healthy diet”

Zone 7

Where? Nose and upper lip.

What? Dr Perry says:

A red nose could indicate high blood pressure or early rosacea. Broken capillaries and pigmentation can also appear in this area

Advice? Dr Perry’s tip would be:

Pigmentation on the top lip could be “from smoking or the oral contraceptive pill”

Zones 11 & 13

Where? Left and right of the chin.

What? Dr Perry says:

“You might have breakouts along the jawline, which can be related to the ovaries in women”

Breakouts prior to menstruation are common.

Advice? Dr Perry’s tip would be:

“Thorough cleansing of this area is needed to unclog pores – and avoid touching the area if possible,” he adds. Even something simple, like making sure you don’t rest your face on your open palm, could help clear things up”

Zones 12

Where? Centre of the chin – this area can relate to a hormone imbalance.

What? Dr Perry says:

“under the surface congestion […caused by] excess oil and improper cleansing”

Advice? Dr Perry’s tip would be:

“Poor diet and lack of hydration can also cause upset in this area”

Zones 14

Where? Neck and chest (decolletage).

What? Dr Perry says:

Breakouts and pigmentation could relate to premature ageing or stress

Advice? Dr Perry’s tip would be:

“Use a high SPF year round, eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water”

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Dr Ross Perry

doctor ross perry

Ross qualified at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1994. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.

He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is best known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags) and natural-looking use of non-surgical cosmetic injections (BOTOX® Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Facial Fillers).


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Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email to book an appointment.


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