I was taught in school that the jawline and chin are both hormonal areas and according to facial reflexology, this does ring true (although it can also be related to bowels/digestion as well). However, by taking care of our lymphatic system, we can actually push the bacteria that causes acne away from the skin in order for the body to take care of it, minimizing the breakouts in this area. This can be done through advanced face massage!
Our lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help the body get rid of bacteria, toxins and waste. These are removed through a clear fluid that transports them. Unlike our respiratory and circulatory systems, the lymph system does not automatically run on its own. It needs to be stimulated through movement.
While exercise stimulates the lymph in the body, the lymph fluid in the face and neck often becomes stagnant. Think of it as a running river vs a murky pond. When the fluid is moving, it stays relatively clean, but when stagnant, bacteria harvests, grows and reproduces in that water. You could probably drink river water, but you wouldn’t ever want to drink pond water.
One third of our lymph nodes are located from the chest up, especially around the neck and jawline, which explains why breakouts occur here – it’s the area where there is the most amount of stagnation. When lymph becomes stagnant, the bacteria sits just beneath the skin and reeks havoc.
Face Massage that includes lymphatic movement can get these toxins moving and away from the skin. This won’t kill the acne bacteria, but it can move it away from the skin to reduce breakouts in this area. This is one of many reasons why regular holistic facials that include lymph drainage can be so beneficial for congested skin! You can also move your facial lymph at home through manual massage, facial cupping, jade rollers and guasha.