Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body and that changes in its appearance can be a sign of larger problems beneath the surface?
This is the reason why your dermatologist can easily diagnose many health issues just by examining the characteristics and quality of your skin.
Many times, changes in your complexion can pinpoint underlying medical conditions whose symptoms are easily missed or overlooked.
However, slight changes in complexion can also be perfectly normal indicators of natural fluctuations within our body and may not always be cause for concern.
Lifestyle influences (such as not drinking enough water) can also largely affect your skin's appearance.
When in doubt, it’s always best to learn which signs to look out for and to stay up-to-date on routine medical visits.
Paying closer attention to your skin's health and giving it a bit of extra love is a great way to practice a holistic approach to health and become more in tune with your body.
Many of us experience dry, itchy skin, especially as the seasons change. However, if you find that your skin is chronically in this condition, it may be a sign that you are suffering from an inflammatory skin condition requiring medical treatment. Chronically dry and itchy skin has also been linked to conditions such as asthma and hay fever.
Sunspots are small spots of discoloration that appear on your skin after prolonged sun exposure, generally on your face, back, shoulders, and the backs of your hands. Generally not a health concern, sun spots can later become moles, sores or raised lesions over time that, if not properly healed, can greatly increase your risk for skin cancer.
It’s important to watch sunspots, birthmarks, freckles, and moles for any sudden changes in color or shape, and to see a dermatologist immediately if you notice any changes.
Unwanted hair growth in unusual places, specifically near the belly button or around the chin area, can be potential signs of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
This hormonal disorder affects many women of childbearing age and results in longer than usual/infrequent menstrual periods, as well as an excess of androgen levels.
Do your your cheeks and/or forehead looked flushed and red all the time? If so, this is usually caused by dilated blood vessels and may be a sign of menopause or inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea.
Chronic redness can also be caused by reactions to certain medications or skin allergies to food/products/etc. There can be many varying reasons behind this inflammatory response within the body that are best diagnosed by a dermatologist or medical professional.
Varicose or spider veins can occur naturally as we age and our skin begins to lose thickness and elasticity, resulting in more visible veins. However, prominent veins, especially when accompanied with swelling or discomfort, can point to greater issues with blood flow and circulation (such as the valves inside the veins not working properly).
Spider veins located on the face are usually caused by tiny blood vessels bursting, as well as sun damage and increased pressure. Varicose veins can increase the risk for blood clots and more serious circulation problems and therefore it’s best to have them checked out by your doctor.
If you consistently experience acne-like red bumps on your face, it may be time to visit a dermatologist. These bumps can be caused by many different skin conditions and therefore, can sometimes be hard to diagnose.
If the bumps do not go away within a reasonable time frame, it may be a sign that you are suffering from rosacea, allergies, reactions to certain medications, or even diabetes. Pre-diabetics are at greater risk for skin infections and may often experience various types of rashes and bumps.
If your complexion is suddenly looking more sallow, dull or lackluster, it may be a sign that you are experiencing physical symptoms of dehydration. Inflammation, redness and congestion are the most common tell-tale signs of visible skin dehydration.
Many factors such as your diet, environment, weather, and caffeine or alcohol consumption can affect the water content of your skin. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin looking vibrant and glowing!
Breakouts around the jaw area are most often caused by hormonal imbalance and are usually to be expected around the time of a woman’s menstrual cycle. However, if you consistently experience acne in this area, it may signal an ongoing hormonal imbalance issue that requires further medical treatment to correct.
1) Drink plenty of water
2) Use sunscreen
3) Wear protective clothing
4) Eat a healthy diet
5) Cleanse skin well
6) Choose natural products
8) Get adequate sleep
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