What does your skin say about your health?

Our skin is like a mirror. Not just a reflection of your prettiness, but also to what is happening inside you. Odd changes inside your body are resonated through your skin. Similarly, if you are fine inside, you will glow outside. The skin has the superpower to discern many kinds of health issues. Rashes and breakouts never occur without a reason. Being the largest organ of our body, it has the potential to represent the wellbeing of our entire body. Let’s see what our skin has to say about our health.

1. Does your skin feel itchy and dry?

Generally, climatic changes such as temperature rise or fall can lead to dryness in the skin. In most cases, moisturizers are more than enough to handle the situation. But if it lasts longer or if you feel like your moisturizer isn’t working, it is advisable to get a medical check-up. Dry skin might be a result of Eczema, a chronic inflammatory skin condition. Eczema can be caused due to hormonal imbalance or nutritional deficiency.

Pruritic skin depicts the chances of Cirrhosis or Hepatitis. In some cases, itchy skin can be a warning sign for liver damage, asthma, allergy or thyroid. 

2. Do you have unnecessary hair growth in unusual areas?

Unusual hair growth happens usually due to an increasing number of male hormones in ovaries. This can lead to Polycystic ovarian syndrome(PCOS). An irregular menstrual cycle or difficulty in losing weight can increase the probability of PCOS and demands medical assistance. Such unwanted hair is usually found under the chin or belly button.

3. Do you experience breakouts all the time?

Skin breakouts can occur due to stress. Bring down your stress through meditation and monitor any changes you see. If you still get aberrant breakouts, it might be due to a hormonal imbalance or irregularity in menstrual cycles. If it keeps increasing, make sure it isn’t Rosacea, a common skin disease which spreads redness all-over the face.

4. Do you neglect the sunspots?

Sun is good for your skin. But haven’t you heard there are spots even in the sun? Sunspots or freckles can be signs of skin cancer too. If you are planning to be out in the sun for a long time, remember to wear sunscreen -(minimum requirement of SPF 30). If you manage to sweat it off, just reapply to keep your skin protected. Shielding your skin from the sun can also protect you from early ageing. Keep an eye on freckles or moles on your body. Make sure to seek medical attention in case they start changing shape, colour or size.

5. Does your skin exhibit a lot of veins?

Too many visible veins are not a good sign. It can come from excessive straining. It can also be due to spider veins or varicose veins which are rendered with problems in blood flow levels. Either way, you need to keep it under control. Varicose veins are often found in elders and overweight people. Rosacea can also be a reason behind varicose veins.

6. Does your skin appear yellow or orange all the time?

Overeating fruits or vegetables which has high beta-carotene content can result in a yellow or orange skin. This usually happens when you have a high thyroid level. When you have a yellowish shade in your skin as well as in your eyes, it can be due to jaundice too. Commonly known as Hepatitis, this one affects the liver functions. An obstruction in your bile duct or a breakdown of red blood cells can also result in skin discolouration.

Skin can exhibit visible changes during the period of menopause in women. In case you stay dehydrated for long, it can reveal certain variations in colour and texture. Our skin is like a true friend eager to help. But the most incredible thing about this friend of ours  is the way it glows when we are happy. Be happy and radiate happiness!

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