What Is Your Skin Trying To Tell You About Your Health?

Have you noticed patches or discoloured spots on your skin? Often overlooked in favour of the face or hands, skin is the largest organ in the body and may be trying to offer you important clues about possible internal troubles. GP Deyo Famuboni, explains the common causes of skin flare-ups and what you can do to correct them. skin

YOU ARE ON THE PILL

This wonderful invention gave women the world over a sense of sexual independence. It also works to help regulate periods and prevent acne breakouts. But, the hormones in the pill can cause a condition known as melasma. The hormones cause an increased production of melanin which leads to blotchy, dark patches of skin. The condition persists for as long as you are taking the pill and responds very slowly to treatment. It is also important to remember that there may also be a genetic component as well as a link to hypothyroidism. If you notice these dark patches of skin, it is best to talk to your doctor. skin

YOU ARE PREGNANT

With all the hormone changes that happen with pregnancy, many women find their skin and complexion changes as well. Again, melasma is the culprit and it usually resolves within a year of giving birth. Skin tags can also appear at this time. Skin tags soft growths that often develop around the neck, armpits and groin. With the increase in blood flow that happens during pregnancy, it is possible to develop tiny red blood vessels within the skin that look like red spots. Acne can also become a problem during pregnancy. But the good news is, as stated above, most of the conditions will resolve after birth. [bctt tweet="The largest organ in your body may be trying to tell you something."]

YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE IS OFTEN ABOVE THE LIMIT 

Alcohol has broad-ranging effects on the skin. Chronic drinking above the recommended limits can increase in the number of spider blood vessels (or spider angiomas) around the upper parts of the body. It can also cause the palms of the hands to turn red and darken the skin around the eyes, mouth and legs. The tax alcohol puts on the liver can also lead to vitamin and nutrient deficiencies that can cause dry skin and prominent hair follicles which can appear dark and rough. Vitamins A, B, C and zinc are vital to skin health and if your livers aren't functioning properly, we may be failing to absorb them. skin2

YOU SUNBATHE OR USE TANNING SALONS OFTEN

Sometimes the excitement to get out in the sun means you forget the sunscreen. The skin on your face is particularly susceptible to sun damage and can age faster than normal. This is called photoageing and is due to UVA, UVB and infrared-A radiation. It can cause fine lines and wrinkles and an increased pigment in the skin when melanocytes, the tanning cells, become over-active. Sun exposure can lead to freckles, lentigo (age spots), brown warty lesions (seborrheoic keratosis). Once the cells are damaged, it can cause lighter spots known as hypomelanosis. The biggest things to worry about when it comes to the sun is skin cancer and disruption in the immune system. It is important to be vigilant and check your skin for sports. It is particularly important if you are fair skinned, over 40, work outdoors or have been badly sunburned in the past. If you notice lumps, sores that won't heal or new spots, it is essential to have them examined by a doctor.

YOU'RE ON MEDICATION

Obviously medications have a really valuable place in the lives of many. But they can also have some drawbacks. Commonly used anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, are known to cause skin side effects, like rash, hives, skin photosensitivity and allergies. Some topical creams and gels can cause inflammation and as the inflammation heals, the places where the cream/gel was applied may change pigment. Antimalarials, anti-epileptics and antipsychotics may also increase the pigment over time. These changes are generally harmless and usually go away once the medication has been stopped. skin3

YOU LIVE IN A CITY AND ARE EXPOSED TO ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS

Like the sun, air pollution can have an impact on your skin. The particles found in smog, smoke and air pollution are believed to cause the same types of damage as UV radiation. The end result is wrinkles, premature aging and changes to skin pigment. One way to fight against this is to wash the face regularly and have a diet high in antioxidants.

YOU'RE HANDLING AGGRAVATING FOOD (REALLY) 

There are certain foods and plants that contain substances that when we touch them and then expose ourselves to the sun, it produces a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis hyperpigmentation.  The affected area of the skin can feel like a sun burn and then turn brown. The chemical is called furoocoumarin and is commonly found in celery, parsnips, parsley some citrus fruits such as lime and figs. To avoid this condition, wash your hands after handling these foods. skin Have you experienced any of these skin conditions? Tell us about it. Source: Daily Mail Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_116329" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

 

 

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