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Face Color Differs from Neck Color

Dear Rebecca:  The color on my face is much darker than my neck, it’s not from a tan and it didn’t used to be this way. It makes me look weird. What can I do? –Tonya

Dear Tonya:  You’re right, skin color can change and I’ll tell you how to regain your normal color. But first, to understand why you’re two-toned, let’s consider both the skin and diet.

Babies are deliciously monochromatic. No matter their skin color, it’s the same hue from top to bottom—well, almost. Infants, as do the rest of us, have less pigmentation on their palms, and the soles of their feet. And fair-complexioned people have pink lips and, especially when they are young, pink cheeks.


Photo credit: www.photosbysri.com

Your ethnicity blessed you with golden, ebony, olive or pearl-colored skin—or a blend of these hues. This perfect-for-you skin tone is your innate color. Here are two examples of historical portraiture and early color photography that typify how adults also used to have a dominant skin color.

Now have a look at the faces around you and you’ll see a range of colors that seem to overlay or cloud our innate color. Better yet, look through your personal photo album and note your once uniform color. If you zoom in on your current photo, I’ll wager that in addition to the overall darker tone of your face you’ll also see a multiplicity of subtle—and sometimes not so subtle—colors on your face that differ from your overall skin color regardless of sun exposure or your melanin count.

But first, we’re not concerned with temporary skin color changes: wearing copper or getting a bruise, which may cause the skin to temporarily turn greenish; embarrassment or an alcoholic drink that may cause the skin to temporarily redden. We’re considering more chronic skin color irregularities.

If you compare contemporary photos to those from the 1950s, before the advent of the industrialized food system, you’ll find that facial colors are increasingly becoming more flamboyant. However, people with a healthy lifestyle, diet and gastrointestinal tract are most apt to have vibrant and even skin color, the color they came in with. Yes, we can easily observe that diet and lifestyle affect adventitious facial colors.

Furthermore, and this is exciting, people with compromised health, gastrointestinal malfunction and a poor-for-them diet who make appropriate shifts regain uniform facial color. Indeed, our bodies are hardwired to heal, and when we give them what they need, healing happens.

Here are some examples of “extra” facial colors. Today many people have a white border surrounding one or both lips. While some people may show a narrow white line, as below:

In other people, the adventitious white or off-white color may radiate out from their lips for an inch or even more:



Discrepancy between Facial and Neck Color
A common “irregularity” I see today is faces with substantively different color than the neck and torso, as per the photo sequence below.

1st Photo 21days Adina.newest
 Intake Photo        21 days later                  1 year later

Diana,* a working mother of five, had been carefully following a “healthy organic” diet that obviously was not serving her. Enlarge the photos and note in the first one:
• Color disparity between face and neck
• Grey pallor to lower cheeks, especially left cheek
• Greenish-yellow tint surrounds mouth
• White line borders top lip
• Pink spot in Cupid’s bow, centered above the top lip
• Dark around eyes.
• White across nose bridge

As Diana adjusted her diet as per Clean and Free, her facial colors became more uniform. How we delight for her in the increased energy and brightness that her eyes now beam out.

So take a look at your colors and make an honest assessment of your health. Then head into the kitchen and make yourself a truly nourishing meal as your first—and tasty—step in regaining good health.

For more information, see additional Face Reading Blogs. For personal help, I’ll gladly create a Face Reading Report for you.

*Client name changed to respect privacy.

White Border Around the Mouth

Dear Rebecca: I’m 20-year-old college student, and I’ve had a white border around my lips for many years now. Some days it is more noticeable than others, but it’s almost always there. And for the past nine months, there’s been a white spot near my lips. This affects my self-esteem and confidence level so much. Can you please help me? —Zoe

Dear Zoe: If it’s any solace, you’re not alone. In the past decade, we are increasingly seeing different colors on the mouth region. This typically reveals a food sensitivity and leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability). Although any color of the rainbow can display here (see my post Skin Color Above your Lip Reveals Digestive Issues), it frequently is white. Sometimes the lip borders become indistinct and the lips seem to thin or fade into the skin.

To comment on the white spot near your lips, I’d need to see your photo and have your intake information. But I can share with you a client’s photo, where you’ll see a white border around her lips with a second red border below the white on her bottom lip. These “lip liners” provide important information and often indicate leaky gut.lipsCropped1stPhoto

Note also that her top lip is almost white which reflect that her diet lacks warming, freshly prepared real meals. Indeed, her breakfast was a green drink; throughout the day she grazed on yogurt, nuts, fruit, and chocolate; and dinner was typically a large salad. A pale colored lip reflects (according to the legendary John H. F. Shen, one of my Traditional Chinese Medicine teachers) a “frozen” stomach and results from having eaten too many cold or chilled foods.

Exactly three weeks after following the healing diet in Clean and Free, here’s her photo again. You can see that while the white border still shows, it is shorter and more narrow. The lower red “lip liner” is gone!  And you can also see that as she supports her own digestive fire with warming foods, color is returning to her lips. Our amazing bodies: they’re hardwired to mend and when we give them what they need, healing happens.

The good news is that you can restore your natural skin and lip color. To do so, you’ll need to first figure out what caused the problem. The common triggers include:

• Environmental toxins*
• Stress
• Medications, alcohol and stimulants
• Foods that challenge the digestion, including: food allergens and packaged, processed, stale, refined and chemically adulterated foods as well as too many cold or chilled foods

Today the top two ingredients that challenge most people’s digestion are gluten and diary. So even if a piece of buttered toast nourished you in past years, now a single bite of bread or a spoonful of yogurt literally might be toxic to your system. And it can intensify your skin discoloration. Test this for yourself by going without gluten, dairy and food irritants for a month and then eat some of the suspect food. Be sure to take before and after photos.

In some cases, a white line encircles the mouth as you’ll see in the example below.


White around the mouth reveals a currently delicate digestive system. It’s reversible, but if the stressors are not removed, that is, if you keep challenging an already challenged system, dysfunction occurs. Typical symptoms may start out as bloating, bowel problems, indigestion, bad breath, heartburn, acid indigestion, pain in the gut, dysbiosis and leaky gut. Leaky gut underlies diabetes, Crohn’s disease celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome and other autoimmune diseases. Read the science behind it on this page.

While the color in the photos above show a relatively thin white line, some people have a wide swath of color which may or may not be white.  Red or pink, as in the photo below, suggests inflammation.BethanyLips

Zoe, you observed that some days your white lip border is more noticeable than others. Keep tracking this important information and note what exaggerates the color discrepancy. Keep a diet log and you’ll see the cause and effect of what you put in your mouth and what your colors reveal. Consider that as a kindness, your body giving you a visual cue. So rather than letting your imagination run wild about how bad you think you look, give thanks to this personal “read out” and use it to your advantage!

My ebooks, Read Your Face and Clean and Free, show you how to do so. Or I’ll gladly create a Face Reading Report for you.

* To name just one environmental toxin, the most used herbicide in the US, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, has been found to cause increased intestinal permeability. Now there’s one excellent reason to favor organic foods.