What Your Skin Says about your Health

If you wake up to find a zit on your chin, chances are you’re annoyed and stressed about it. I am sure you are hardly alarmed that it may be a sign that something deeper is awry.

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In reality, your skin’s primary purpose is to provide a first line of defense against pathogens and germs. When there is a problem with it, it is often times a signal that something is wrong that goes far deeper than your epidermis. While every acne breakout hardly means that you’re about to get the flu, here are some potentially worrisome signals that your skin may be sending.

Acne on your Chin

Often times, acne on your chin is the least noticeable and consequently least stressful outbreak possible. Yet it can actually be a sign of possible hormonal imbalance (why many women get acne on their chin before their period). If the acne is severe and cannot be addressed by over the counter treatments, it may be time to see a doctor. For women, going on birth control can often solve the problem outright. If a more natural option is preferred, try to avoid dessert as it can trigger an insulin response and cause the breakout.

Redness or Blotchy Skin

This is a fairly general symptom, but it can also be indicative of a variety of disorders. Medium to large red blotches that appear and then recede can often be triggered by stress hormones, and may not necessarily need to be addressed (although you should try and find a way to lower your stress levels).

If there are groups of small, almost pimple like red bumps, then you may have a digestive disorder that should be looked at by a physician. The digestive system and skin are both integral parts of the overall immune system, and a problem in one can often manifest in the other.

If you have a butterfly shaped rash that covers both cheeks and goes across the nose, or parts of the nose, then it could be a sign of a serious disease called Lupus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune condition that should be addressed immediately.

If the rash seems digestive related, try to lower your stress levels and consume probiotics (often found in yogurt), which will help regulate your digestion.

Puffiness or Dark Circles

Skin puffiness is fairly common when you wake up in the morning, but if it continues throughout the day, it can actually be a sign of allergies. Allergies tend to cause blood vessels to dilate and leak, which can lead to puffiness and dark circles under your eyes (which are actually not always a sign of not enough sleep). Allergies also release histamine, which makes you rub your eyes and face and can make the puffiness even worse.

Oftentimes, taking an over the counter medication such as Allegra or Zyrtec can help reduce the symptoms. If it does nothing, however, you should see your primary care physician in hopes of tracking down the specific problem and recommending the most optimal treatment.

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