What Your Skin Says About Your Health

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? After all, it does literally stretch across your body and offers a protective cover for all the other organs inside you. So, it’s only logical that whenever you notice anything unusual on any part of your skin, it is probably a symptom of a bigger underlying problem. Indeed, that’s exactly what dermatologists say.

Do you want to know what your skin could be telling you? Let’s take a look.

1. Unusual Hair Growth

Unexpected hair growth in unusual areas should be a matter of concern for women. Now, what does ‘unusual’ mean? Unusual areas are those that are typically male hair growth areas, such as below the bellybutton, around the chin, and so on. If you are a woman and have always been growing hair in what are usually male hair growth areas, then that could be because of hormonal imbalances or perhaps, genetics. However, if it’s unexpected, then chances are that you are suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

A visit to the doctor or a testing facility should definitely be the next order of things.

2. Dark Circles

Dark circles become more prominent with age, as the hollows under your eyes grow deeper. With 25% thicker skin, men typically do not exhibit dark circles, unless the condition is severe. In any case, dark circles are usually caused by easily reversible triggers like sleep deprivation, lack of hydration, nutrient deficiency, and so on. Sometimes, there could also be genetics and lifestyle choices involved.

Although none of these causes are alarming by themselves, if not identified and addressed in time, they can snowball into severe problems later in life.

3. Dry and Itchy Skin

Do you find yourself applying moisturizer 3-4 times a day and still find it ineffective against your dry skin? Well, in that case, it may be time to get yourself tested for eczema. Eczema is a chronic skin disease, characterized by dry, itchy skin that can often be inflamed and even cracked. About 10-30% of the people in the US are affected by this condition, which has genetic, environmental, and immunological triggers. In the case of immunological causes, it might be the case of autoimmune response, which can cause other conditions like asthma.

Identifying and treating the underlying cause can not only cure eczema but also prevent it from exploding into a much bigger complication.

4. Constant Blushing and Flushing

Sure, when you have a cold your face is in a state of constant flush. But, that’s only temporary. What if the flush doesn’t go away even after the cold is gone? Constant flushing is usually caused by dilated blood vessels, which can happen for many reasons, including hormonal

changes like menopause. However, it can be symptomatic of something more serious – rosacea, a skin disease. So, if you find yourself constantly flushing, then seek medical care or get yourself tested for any allergic reactions.

5. Velvet Plaques

Velvety plaques in the neck or armpit region are called acanthosis nigricans. It is usually quite harmless and can happen for a number of reasons, including obesity. But, sometimes, it can be a characteristic of an undiagnosed case of diabetes. In worse cases, when the plaques appear in unusual areas like lips or hands, it could be because of internal cancer.

Your skin is a window into the state of your health. A perfect skin is a sign of a perfect health. If you notice anything unusual, even something as benign as sunspots (which can be a sign of potential skin cancer), it’s time to take action. Get yourself tested at Strategic Health and Wellness right away. When identified early on, most underlying conditions can be easily treated.

If you need any assistance or information, you can always give a call at 469-250-1339

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