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What Your Skin Says About Your Internal Health

posted on 9/12/2016 Facebook Facebook

Your face is a mirror of your soul. While you can mask your worries by wearing a smile, your skin may reveal a lot. Your skin—the largest organ of our body—can translate almost every internal health condition and actually work as an excellent warning system for all sorts of disorders. In simple words, our skin can reflect what’s going on inside our body. Take a look in the mirror, for some ailments may be staring back at you. 

1. Dark Under-Eyes Circles And Puffiness
Cause: Food Intolerance Or Allergies
Under eye dark circles are usually related to irregular or improper sleep. Dark circles that persist can also point to allergy or intolerance to certain foods. Some food allergens may result in an immune response as mild as under eye dark patches. Experts recommend leaving out dairy and wheat from the diet to check if the marks lighten. Alcohol is another known culprit which even in moderate quantities can cause dark circles. 

2. Sores Around The Mouth
Cause: Vitamin B deficiency
You may be prone to recurrent sores around your mouth if you are deficient in vitamin B. Deficiency of vitamin B is related to a host of mouth problems including canker sores, inflammation, cracking in the corners of the mouth and fungal infections. Whole grains, green vegetables and meat are all good sources of vitamin B which can be included in the diet to tackle this problem. 

3. Acne
Cause: Toxic buildup, hormonal imbalance or leaky gut
One of the most common skin conditions, acne is not just a part and parcel of growing up. While your grandmother may claim that you’ll lose them as you grow older, acne which doesn’t heal can be a result of various internal health issues.

Liver throws out toxins from the body. In the case of a toxic overload, the liver isn’t able to process the excess and hence pushes them through the skin which results into acne. Blemishes may also result from an unhappy or leaky gut. A 2011 study  suggested that an imbalance in the gut bacteria may also cause acne. Acne sufferers may have more harmful bacteria in their system as compared to the good friendly bacteria which helps in cleansing the gut. 

4. Velvety Brownish Or Grey Patches
Cause: Diabetes
Commonly known as acanthosis nigricans, this skin discoloration usually occurs around the neck, armpits or groin. It may serve as an early warning sign of type 2 diabetes. Abnormal growth of skin cells may also be triggered by increased levels of sugar in the blood during diabetes. Experts recommend changes in diet to deal with this condition.

5. Intense Itchy Skin
Cause: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
An itch which doesn’t ease with treatment can be an early sign of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is best to talk to your doctor in such an event.

Your skin is capable of portraying almost every internal health hazard. The best way to assess your risk of any serious ailment is to talk to your doctor.

References:
1. Bowe WP, Logan AC. Acne vulgaris, probiotics and the gut-brain-skin axis -back to the future? Gut Pathog. 2011 Jan 31;3(1):1. doi: 10.1186/1757-4749-3-1.PubMed PMID: 21281494; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3038963.

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