Where it is commonly thought that looking or analyzing oneself in the mirror can cause vanity to develop in one’s personality, research has proven that it can actually be helpful to look in the mirror with a critical eye.
There are in fact many signs that our face gives us about our health like puffy eyes, dark circles, and chapped skin. In this article, you are going to learn about 10 such warning signals that your face can give you concerning your health. Be sure to recognize these signs.
1. Red Eyes
One often sees people with bloodshot eyes, what we usually don’t know is that it is a sign that we are over-exhausting ourselves.
However, it could also mean that there are other medical reasons involved other than sleep deprivation, especially if the redness of the eyes is coupled with altered vision or pain.
For example, red eyes are also a symptom of going through a lot of fatigue or suffering from hay fever or some other allergy.
For these reasons, one needs to get medical attention to be properly diagnosed with proper medicine. Severe pain in the eye can also point towards glaucoma.
2. Puffy Face
A puffy face is a sign of more serious health conditions than just eating a lot of carbs or having a very late snack at the night. It could also denote thyroid malfunction in the body. In fact, when thyroxin is produced in low quantities, it causes the face to fluff up.
The thyroid gland is linked with your body’s energy usage, therefore when it is not working properly then it can cause the metabolism to slow down resulting in weight gain.
The puffiness can also be linked with other conditions too; for instance in sinusitis or even conjunctivitis, one of the symptoms is swelling on the face.
3. Stubborn Acne
Acne usually occurs around the teen years of one’s life. However after subsiding if it starts to reappear abruptly and that too in a worrisome quantity, then it is better to get it checked.
For almost one out of ten women living in the UK suffer from PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome in which a collection of ovaries form on the edge of the ovaries. Acne is one of its symptoms other than irregular periods, excessive hair growth, and weight gain. Therefore it is better to get it checked before it worsens into another terrible health condition.
4. Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes are more than just a sobbing night, and it might require a cure more serious in nature than cucumber slices and chilled tea bags.
Swelling underneath the eyes can signal malfunctioning kidneys because it is the kidneys’ job to remove the wastes from the body and also to keep regulating such hormones which control blood pressure and make new blood cells.
This condition can also be genetic, so it is better to get it checked otherwise it can lead to high blood pressure and anemia or even never damage.
Swollen eyes will also be accompanied by swollen feet or ankles, insomnia, lack of appetite, fatigue, and dry skin.
5. Redness of Nose
A red nose can imply more than an allergy. If it is a persistent condition then it might point toward an increased intake of alcohol.
Which should be cut down as alcohol can dilate the small vessels which cause blood to accumulate near the surface, especially on the nose.
It can however also point towards a condition called autoimmune condition lupus that causes fatigue and rashes on the bridge of the nose. A red nose can also indicate high blood pressure.
6. Dry and Flaky Skin
A lot of us have dry skin as a general skin condition. But sometimes a lot of dryness can point towards a skin condition called eczema, which is becoming more and more common in the UK.
Its cause can be anything between pollen, dust, animal hair, pollution, hormones, and even intake of particular foods. Therefore it would help to establish what it is that causes eczema to appear.
7. White Eye Rings
Having a white eye ring around the iris of the eye is a condition that is developed in later years. However, the condition can exhibit itself in younger people as well.
If it does, it should be diagnosed by a doctor immediately for it could also be a signal of high cholesterol.
Other than cholesterol, thyroid malfunction, the presence of excess salt in the body, liver disease, excess fat deposits or diabetes can also cause eye rings.
8. Swelling on Gums
Taking care of your oral hygiene has more advantages than just giving you a pretty smile. It also keeps you away from periodontitis which is a gum disease in which plaque accumulates under the gum line.
Other than swelling one can experience consistent bad breath and bleeding when teeth are brushed.
This should not be taken lightly as accumulated plaque can choke the arteries of the neck as published in a report by Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
9. Chapped Lips
Women often suffer from a lack of iron, because of their periods and pregnancy. Therefore everyone and especially women require a diet that gives them iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid.
If you are otherwise healthy, an iron deficiency is not easily detected. However, fatigue, headaches, and fainting along with cracked lips are some of the symptoms.
Since this is not a serious problem, it can be treated easily.
10. Bad Hair Day
Brittle hair can be caused by a lot of things; for instance, a research published in the Archives of Dermatology wrote that a lot of psychological stress can cause the hair to be brittle as well as skin disorders.
If the health of your hair is poor then this can also cause the hair to be rough and dry. Bulimia and Anorexia which are eating disorders can also cause brittle hair.