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10 Scary Things Your Skin Might Be Telling You About Your Health

10 Scary Things Your Skin Might Be Telling You About Your Health

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Pay attention to your skin. It may reveal vital signs that can protect you from a health nightmare later.

So if you haven’t done a skin check up lately, be on the lookout for these signs and start doing what it takes to rectify the problem before it gets worse. 

Yellow Eyes

Take care of your liver or else you might look in the mirror and discover yellow eyes. Yes, yellow may be a vibrant color on the sun but when you see it peeking through the white in your eyes, it could be a sign of liver damage.  If the liver isn’t able to effectively perform its duty of breaking down red blood cells, you might see yellowing of the white of the eyes which may be a sign of a condition known as scleral icterus.

Eye Bags and Puffiness

Go easy on the sodium or you’ll start to see the side effects under your eyes.  Foods that are high in sodium promote water retention, leaving you with puffy eyes that can’t be erased with 8 hours of sleep. If you have chronic allergies, your eyes may also experience puffiness. Dilated blood vessels can cause your eyes to leak and create a puffy, dark colored hue under your eyes.

Dry Skin

If you’re dehydrated, your body will search wherever it can in your body to find moisture. Dehydration sucks the moisture out of all your body’s systems, leaving you with skin that is craving its next touch of moisture. Start drinking more water and eating foods that have a high water content (an apple a day will keep the dryness away!) if you want to combat the symptoms associated with dry skin. You’ll also reduce your risk for urinary and kidney problems associated with frequent dehydration.


Acne may be out of your control – and simply very annoying. But when it comes to clear skin, there are certain things that drive your hormones insane. When you frequently feed your body with foods that are high in iodine, you’re prone to acne scars. Take a hard look at your diet and make sure that you’re not overdoing your consumption of iodine filled foods such as shellfish, cranberries, and soy sauce.

Excess Facial Hair

If you’re a woman who constantly finds herself searching for products to tame unwanted pieces of hair on your chin, upper lip, and jaw line, you can blame it on your body’s hormonal imbalance. This happens when women experience an overabundance of the male hormones due to increased androgens or symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome.

Red Face

Your cheeks may turn a little red when you’re embarrassed or shocked, but if your entire face turns red – you may need to be cautious with the foods you eat. Some people have food intolerances and have no idea that they do. Any food can trigger a digestive problem but when you’re intolerant to a certain food, you’ll notice redness and inflammation.

Dry, Chapped Lips

Keep some lip conditioner in your purse if you suffer from dry lips. However, there isn’t a product available that can fully protect your lips if you’re deficient in vital skin nutrients such as vitamin B-3 (niacin), B-6, B-2 (riboflavin), and zinc. Eating a healthy diet that contains good sources of Vitamin B such as eggs, green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, and lean meats prevents this problem.

Blue Gums

It’s perfectly fine if the sky is blue. But if your gums start turning blue, you may want to seek medical attention. This could indicate a bad reaction to a medical product. Stop using the product immediately.  A bluish gray color could also signal a chronic ingestion of lead products.

Orange-Tinted Skin

It’s important to load up on vegetables to promote a healthy body. But too many vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes can cause your skin to turn orange. Overconsumption of carotene, which is found in these vegetables, will cause excess beta-carotene to flow to the bloodstream and sit under the skin.

Puffy Face

If your face suddenly looks swollen, it’s probably because you’re missing out on essential fatty acids (such as seeds and oils) that protect against skin inflammation. A puffy face may be a sign that you need run to the store to add more fats to your diet.

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