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7 Things Your Skin Is Telling You About Your Health


If anything about your skin changes, or appears to be out of the norm, it’s definitely worth investigating. Read on for some of the signs that epidermis of yours is screaming out for attention, and consult with your doctor to find the best treatment plan for you.


1. There’s Some Type Of Internal Infection

Has your skin been all about the rashes, as of late? If so, it might be high time you were checked for an infection. “In general, a rash that does not respond to treatment, and is accompanied by other symptoms — such as fever, joint pain and muscle aches — could be a sign of an internal problem or infection,” Gholipour said.

Don’t let any of these skin changes throw you into a panic, but do see your doctor if something appears worrying. More than likely it’s nothing, but it’s definitely worth the double check.


2. Your Thyroid Is Up To No Good

OK, so there’s usually nothing shocking about dry skin. Maybe you shower too often, or always forget to put on lotion. No big deal. However, sometimes chronically dry skin can be a sign of internal issues. As Day told the Huffington Post, “… very dry, itchy skin could be a sign of hormonal problems, such as an underactive thyroid.”

3. Your Cholesterol Needs To Be Reigned In

Remember what was said above about our Western culture? Well, sometimes things like high cholesterol can be linked to skin issues. As Ceballos says, “Hyperlipidemia, namely elevated levels of lipids such as cholesterol, can present with yellowish deposits in eyelid skin termed xanthelasma.” If you see these poking about, be sure to ask about it.

4. You Need To Eat & Drink More (Yay!)

If you have dark patches under your eyes, it could be due to genetic luck of the draw. Or, it could be a sign of several underlying health issues. “Dark skin under your eyes can … be caused by a nutrient deficiency, a lack of hydration, or not getting enough sleep,” said health writer Kate Daly in Best Health. So, apart from hitting the hay and drinking more water, make sure that you’re eating a balanced diet.

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5. Your Hormones Have Seen Better Days

You probably know acne can be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. But did you know different kinds of acne can point to different hormonal issues? “In women, acne that appears mainly along the lower face or jaw line can be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome,” Doris Day, a NYC-based dermatologist, told Bahar Gholipour on If that sounds familiar, head to a doctor for testing and potential treatment.

6. Sleep Should Be Higher On Your Priority List

If you constantly wake up to eyes that are beyond puffy, don’t take it as a fact of life. “Swollen eyes may be from something as simple as skimping on shut-eye one night,” Migala said. If you think that’s the case, try plopping into bed a bit earlier (and practicing good sleep hygiene) to see if that doesn’t de-puff the issue.

7. You Need To Get Your Stress Under Control, ASAP

If your skin was kind of OK for a while, and then you woke up to a horrific breakout, it could be stress that’s to blame. “When you’re hopped up on anxiety, your body releases cortisol, which can lead to breakouts,” Marisa Potter, a Miami-based dermatologist, told Jessica Migala in Prevention. To get things under control, start incorporating some stress-reducing activities into your day. Think yoga, meditation, or an evening spent cuddled up inside a blanket fort — just you and some Netflix.
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