Blotchy or Discolored Skin Above The Mouth
Discolored skin above the mouth is a readout for digestive disorders. As the photos below show, when something is going on in your gut, the skin color surrounding your mouth announces it. Off-colors include white, yellow, red, blue, green or grey and each color suggests a different inner imbalance. Here’s how Chinese Face Reading takes the guesswork out of eating well.
A suntan notwithstanding, the skin on your face ideally is the same color as the rest of your torso. By examining color photos from before the 1950s and the advent of the modern diet, we see that people once had uniformly colored skin. See: Face Color Different than Neck Color. But look closely at the faces around you to see a veritable rainbow of subtle color variations. Blotchy skin and pigmentation irregularities around the mouth reveal digestive issues.
Red and/or White Skiin Color Above the Lip
The most common colors seen above the mouth that obscure normal skin color are red and white. Red indicates inflammation of the upper GI tract such as acid reflux, GERD and/or heartburn. The color white suggests malabsorption and food sensitivities; irregularities in this area also may implicate the liver. Here are two examples:
In the photo on the left, note the large white border above this client’s mouth that curve beyond the corners of her mouth. She reports having suffered from stomach problems since childhood. Look carefully, and you’ll also see pink skin above her lip, especially in the central region.
On the right, we see four distinct color zones stacked above this woman’s lip. Her primary complaints included GERD and IBS. As a first step, I urged her to go dairy free; she reported immediate relief.
1. There’s a thin white border that extends above the top lip.
2. A dark red zone lies above the white border.
3. The center (philtrum) is white.
4. Both sides of the philtrum are red/brown.
Green Skin Color above the Lip
When the color above the mouth is green, it suggests a challenged liver and digestion according to Chinese 5-Element medicine. We see this in the two following photos. Although the color is subtle on this 18-year old woman, she’d described her biggest issue as “…green skin around the mouth. I know it might not seem so in those photos, but it’s really very noticeable and has been since since I was 16.” She suffered from multiple food sensitivities that challenged her whole digestive system.
When recovering from a tick bite a few years ago, the skin color around my mouth reflected the gastrointestinal drama. I felt green at the gills. In today’s photo below you’ll see the skin color around my lips is uniform and normal. Also my lips are similar in size, uniformly colored and have a clear definition. These features reveal healthy digestion and assimilation. Thanks be! Yes, I do have wrinkles around my mouth; they come with age:)
What is your above-the-lip skin color? If it’s different from the skin color on your torso, or if your lips lack uniform size and color and/or precise borders, it’s time to modify your diet. I freely provide such guidelines in my numerous blogs. With my DIY ebook Read Your Face you’ll see how, and understand why, diet impacts facial characteristics. For personalized help identifying and implementing your optimum elimination diet, I’ll be delighted to read your face.
May all be well nourished,