An aesthetician asked as she examined my skin during a facial. It caught me off guard: What could being a Leo have to do with my breakouts? “Ahhh, a fire sign,” she responded. “No wonder. Fire signs attract a lot of inflammation.” At first it sounded outlandish. Then I learned nearly one-third of Americans believe an astrology, according to the Pew Research Center. And although I turned to astrology apps for life issues, I fell somewhere in between when it comes to my skin: more than happy to blame my sign for a sudden dime-sized zit on my chin yet also completely skeptical that the stars are truly the culprit. But! While astrology isn’t testable in any scientific way (obvi), it can be a useful tool for introspection. Just ask Michelle Henry, MD, a dermatologist in New York City who identifies with her own astrological profile. “I’m a typical Cancer: sensitive, intuitive, and loving,” she says. And that applies to her routine: “I try to have patience with my skin and stay in tune with its needs. I change my regimen daily depending on what my skin requires.”
Astrologer Aliza Kelly agrees that we’re onto something here: My stress-inducing “fire energy” might trigger inflammation, she says. Your skin reflects what’s going on in your world, after all–anticipating a big life event is known to spike cortisol and lead to breakouts. So maybe it’s not completely out there? Each of the zodiac signs is categorized as one of four elements (fire, earth, air, or water) and, according to Kelly, may manifest different issues. Decode yours with derm solutions, here.