What Your Appearance May Be Saying About Your Health

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Blemishes, dry skin, and thinning hair are the types of appearance problems that we might chalk up to aging or changes in the weather, but they could be a sign of something more serious. Let’s take a look at 6 different aspects of your appearance that could actually be an indication of a more far-reaching health problem:

  1. Dry Skin: Blotchy, flaky skin could be caused by overexposure to the sun or a lack of humidity in the air, or it could be caused by something more damaging. Not giving your body proper hydration could cause dry skin, but the blotchy appearance that comes along with it is often caused by an Omega-3 deficiency. This fatty acid helps to keep inflammation in the skin down, and helps the skin to hold onto precious moisture as well. Look for natural sources of Omega-3 like nuts or fish, and/or take a flaxseed or fish oil supplement to give your levels a boost

  1. Red, Flaky Patches: When dry skin comes in red, flaky patches, particularly on the scalp, elbows and knees, it could actually be caused by psoriasis. Psoriasis may look like dry skin, but it has actually been linked to autoimmune disorders and heart disease. See a doctor to receive diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis, and to discuss the possibility of other health problems.

  1. Thinning Hair: It’s true that over half of men experience male pattern baldness as they age, and that about 30% of women experience hair thinning, but this can’t always be blamed on aging. Thinning hair can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder, or other types of hormonal imbalances. Sometimes a very simple treatment can provide a solution for thinning hair, so check with your doctor.

  1. Thick, Dark Facial or Body Hair: Having a few stray chin hairs or the occasional chest hair is more common among women than you might think, but if you’ve got a hair growth problem that tweezers can’t handle, you need to have some tests run. Hormonal imbalances are often the cause of this type of hair growth, and disorders like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) can be the underlying cause. This can cause fertility issues and other health problems, and it shouldn’t go unchecked.

  1. Persistent Acne: We’re all prone to breakouts from time to time, but having a consistent acne problem warrants a closer look into your health. Acne can be a sign of a hormonal imbalance, which is why adolescence isn’t the only time it crops up. Your menstrual cycle, menopause, and other changes for women can bring on acne, but there are medications available to treat it.

  1. Brittle Nails: Nails that crack, crumble, or are off-color can be an indication of a fungal infection. If this wasn’t yucky enough on its own, the presence of fungus around the nails can damage the protective properties of your skin, leaving you open for bacterial and viral infections. Taking good care of your skin and nails is a big step toward ensuring your overall health.

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