Skin Health

What Your Skin Says About Your Health

We are well-aware that lesions and specific types of spots on our skin can indicate melanoma. But observing more subtle changes can also be useful in some cases —​ the following are a few signs worth keeping an eye on.

1. Rash

Take note of any potential connection to your meals if you have been suffering from skin rashes. Gluten intolerance may cause itchy skin rashes that affect the arms, torso, face, buttocks, elbows, or hairline, as told by U.S. News & World Report.

But a rash which is affecting your feet and lower legs may indicate something beyond a diet-related problem. Cindy Owen, a board-certified dermatologist, notes that this could be a sign of hepatitis C infection if it does not respond to the use of topical steroids or antifungals

2. Breakout

High levels of stress can trigger inflammation in the body, which in turn can cause flare-ups of skin problems like eczema and acne. Certain individuals are also prone to picking at their skin when they are stressed out, a disorder which is tied to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Of course, a breakout may be triggered by any number of things from dietary pattern to birth control pills. A dermatologist can figure this out by looking for clues in your lifestyle habits or the part of the face which is affected. Acne that mostly appears along the lower face or jawline could be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome in women, NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Doris Day told Live Science.

3. Texture

Hypothyroidism (thyroid hormone deficiency) may lead to thickening of the skin on the calves according to Shasa Hu, M.D., from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Over half of patients may experience texture-related changes, typically leading to rougher skin.

4. Pigmentation

Has your skin developed a yellowish tint? It is a good idea to get it checked as this is a possible sign of problems with the liver. However, this could also be the result of a harmless condition known as carotenemia, caused by excessive consumption of foods like carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes.

On the other hand, if you have noticed that your skin has become paler than usual, you might be experiencing a symptom of anemia — a condition where your blood does not have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin. Sometimes, it may also be accompanied by brittle nails and hair loss.