The skin is the largest organ in your body. The changes in your hair, skin, or nails can be a sign that something is happening beneath the surface. While skin problems can simply mean that you need to change your beauty routine, the condition of your skin can also be a tell-tale sign of an underlying medical condition, says Dr. Jillian Macdonald, a dermatologist at The Ottawa Clinic. and associate professor in dermatology. at the University of Ottawa.
Read on to find out what your skin says about your health.
28. Dry, itchy skin
If your moisturizer does not cut it, it’s time to take a closer look. “Chronic dry skin is usually caused by two factors: eczema and general dryness or climate,” says Dr. Macdonald. Eczema, a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin, can cause dry, irritated, inflamed and chapped skin. It has immunological, genetic and environmental components and is also linked to asthma and hay fever.
27. Chin and jawline breakouts
Pimples appear again along your jaw and chin? Eruptions in these areas could signal a possible hormonal imbalance. This type of acne in adults is very common among women who may not have had acne in adolescence, says Dr. Macdonald. But do not worry, otherwise, you could exacerbate the problem: hormonal acne in women can get worse during stress, during your periods or during menopause. You can expect that hormonal acne will eventually disappear.
26. Unusual hair growth
Unwanted hair that grows in typically male areas, such as around the chin or just below the belly button, could be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), says Dr. Macdonald. But genetics and hormones also play a role in hair growth. If you are worried or have other symptoms of PCOS, such as an inability to lose weight despite a diet and irregular exercise, seek medical attention to exclude PCOS.