If you have issues going on inside your body, or you are getting too much exposure to toxins in your environment, it will show up on your skin and give you a big “headache”.
Your skin will give you some signs that you might be at potential health risk.
1. Freckles And Moles
If you get new freckles or moles, it may be a sign you are spending too much time in the sun and your skin is getting damaged. If your freckles or moles get larger or have irregular shapes, then you may want to get checked immediately as it may be a sign of skin cancer.
2. Red Thickened Skin With Silvery Scales
This is a sign of psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder whereby skin cells are not shed fast enough because the skin is growing too fast, and they pile up on the skin. An immune-therapy has been shown to cure some cases, and there are also many homeopathic treatments to lessen the symptoms.
3. Acne Breakouts
In adults with acne, it is usually an issue with hormones that causes the breakouts. Stress and certain foods can cause inflammation and cystic acne in the pores.
In women, menstrual periods can cause flare-ups as well. If you experience irregular periods, weight gain and unwanted hair growth, it could be a sign of poly-cystic ovarian syndrome which can be diagnosed by an endocrinologist.
4. Pale Skin
Paleness, combined with fatigue and shortness of breath, could be a sign of anemia. Anemia is an iron deficiency in your blood.
Anemia can be treated with increasing foods in your diet high in iron or taking iron supplements. If you experience a sudden paleness of skin, then you should take time to rule out more life threatening conditions like internal bleeding or Leukemia.
5. Itchy Skin
Everyone gets an itch, but when you itch constantly, it could be a sign of an allergic reaction.If you have recently eaten something you don’t normally eat, or changed laundry detergents, you could be having an allergic reaction. If it is mild, then try to identify the cause and remove it to see if the itchiness goes away. If it doesn’t, then you can check to see if it is something more serious like Coeliac’s disease or diabetes.
6. Dark Patches
When your skin darkens and takes on a velvety texture, it could be a sign of insulin resistance in the body, which is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Your doctor can test your fasting blood glucose levels to rule it out. Once you get your blood sugar under control, it can help to remove the dark patches.
7. Dry Patches
Cold weather, dehydration and a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids can cause your skin to dry. Drink more water, use a skin moisturizer and eat more walnuts and edamame, and the dryness should go away.
If you also have fatigue, weight gain and constipation, then it could be a sign of an under-active thyroid gland. You can rule out a thyroid condition with a simple blood test.
8. Red Cheeks
Red cheeks could be a sign of rosacea. Rosacea could be brought on by cold weather, spicy foods, booze and stress. No one really knows why people get rosacea, but a doctor could prescribe some medications to limit the severity, and you could eliminate the burritos, margaritas and that stressful game of curling you had planned for this weekend.
Your skin is pretty easy to maintain if you limit sun exposure, limit stress and drink plenty of water. The things you can’t control like psoriasis and acne can happen, but they are manageable with proper self-care.
If you think your skin is in any way out of the ordinary, you may want to get it checked out. It doesn’t hurt to get an expert opinion and it may be nothing at all. But if it is something, then getting it checked out early could make all the difference.