What do you see in the mirror? Are you pleased with your appearance? Or are you one of those, who feel depressed because of new pimples, dark circles or wrinkles, appeared on your face?
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While you wash your face with medicated soap and put several layers of cream, let's think, whether or not all these unattractive skin issues indicate deeper health conditions.
It's completely possible that your skin reflects changes, occurred in your hormonal balance, digestive tract, kidneys etc.
Good news is that most of skin issues could be corrected by changing lifestyle choices and dietary preferences. However if medical condition is the main cause of skin problem, seeking for professional help might be the only thing to do.
Here are the most common beauty troubles that could be associated with certain health issues:
#1. Hard pimples – when skin pores are blocked by excessive oil and sebum, you may notice red and painful pimples with or without pus. Producing too much testosterone, having family history of acne or taking certain medications may significantly increase your chances of developing long-lasting pimples.
#2. Unwanted hair – we all have fine and lightly-colored hair on the face and body. The problem is, if these hair become dark and coarse, similar to men's hair. The reason is usually about hormones. Imbalance in sex hormones, as well as excessive production of stress-hormone cortisol, may trigger hirsutism (medical term for unwanted hair), irregularity in menstrual cycle, acne and baldness.
#3. Chapped lips - are you lips sore, dry and swollen? This may happen in winter, when air isn't warm and humidified enough. Excessive exposure to sun rays can also crack your lips. Be aware that your lips may become extremely dry and painful because of allergy, infection or autoimmune conditions.
#4. Wrinkles – unfortunately wrinkles are natural part of our aging, when skin loses its elasticity and becomes more fragile. Exposing it to UV light, as well as smoking can break down skin's substances collagen and elastin, speeding up aging processes.
#5. Dark circles under the eyes – bags and circles are commonly a sign of extreme tiredness and sleepless nights. But sometimes shadows under the eyes may be caused by eczema, allergy or as a result of excessive exposure to sunlight. It's also possible that your eyes are puffy because of fluid retention, associated with kidney problems or excessive consumption of sodium.
#6. Extremely dry skin – lack of water or oils can make your face skin scaly, reddish and itchy. This usually occurs, when you stay in a dry climate, swim in the pool with chlorinated water or expose yourself to sunlight for a long time. In some cases, dry skin is a symptom of atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. Although dry skin isn't a serious problem, it may increase your risks of infection.
#7. “Chicken skin” - rough small skin-colored bumps may appear on your cheeks, as well as on the arms and hips. When keratin (protein found in the hair) builds up in the skin pores, it blocks hair follicles and forms bumps, which don't cause any discomfort as usual. Doctors call this benign condition keratosis pilaris. If you're concerned about this issue, dermatologist my recommend you exfoliating and moisturizing treatment.
#8. Yellow eyes – if your eye whites turn yellow, it's time to contact your doctor. Yellowing of the eyes is most probably a sign of jaundice. In adults, it commonly occurs due to liver problems, hemolytic anemia or blockage of the bile ducts (tubes that move bile from the liver to the gallbladder and intestine).
#9. Pallor – you may notice that your skin is unusually light. Paleness is one of the first signs of anemia – condition, in which your blood doesn't have enough red blood cells and hemoglobin. While acute anemia is commonly caused by trauma or internal bleeding, chronic anemia may be a result of poor diet, genetic errors, chronic kidney failure or underactive thyroid gland.
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#10. New moles – moles are clumps of pigment-contained cells, which are harmless in the majority of cases. But be aware that if your mole is asymmetric, large (larger than 6 mm) and has irregular edges, it may indicate the most dangerous (though the less frequent) type of skin cancer called melanoma. Watch for your moles and make an appointment with healthcare specialist, if one of them has changed its color, size or shape.
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