With our skin being our largest organ, and an external one at that, it can provide valuable insight as to how we’re doing health-wise on the inside.
Check out the following skin conditions and see what your skin is trying to tell you:
1. Sun Spots
Sunspots are inevitable and a reflection of your lifetimes worth of accumulated sun damage. Unlike freckles, which can be hereditary, sunspots are darker and larger.
If you find you have an excess of sunspots, it’s your skin telling you it’s high time to start or be more diligent with an SPF routine. This is especially important if you find sudden changes in your skin such as enlarged moles or raised lesions.
To help lessen and prevent sunspots, find a broad- spectrum SPF that works for your skin type. You can opt to choose one for daily everyday use and a more water-resistant one if you plan on being outdoors for a prolonged period of time. For existing sunspots, while most are permanent, you can lessen over-pigmentation and brighten up and restore sun-damaged skin with a quality vitamin C skin care product which is especially known to brighten your complexion.
2. Dark Circles
They say that eyes are the windows to the soul. For whatever truth that holds, it’s a fact that the undereye area is a window to our health status. Before you pile on the concealer to restore a youthful and refreshed look, look into why you have dark undereye circles to begin with.
Although dark circles can be genetic, if you find yourself developing dark cycles, this can be for a variety of reasons such as smoking, lack of sleep, chronic dehydration, and even a nutrient deficiency. The skin on our undereye area is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of our body and has the potential to more easily show anything lacking in your body. If you find yourself with dark undereye circles when you normally don’t, it’s time to clean up your lifestyle starting with upping your nutrition intake with balanced meals (we’d recommend a multivitamin as a compliment), increasing hydration and getting some quality shut eye.
3. Red and blotchy skin
Your skin can turn red as a response to feeling embarrassment or physical exertion as blood flow naturally increases. If you find yourself always having blotchy skin though, it could be a sign of inflammation from irritation. Check your diet to see if any potential allergens are present in foods you may have overlooked, especially packaged goods. If you’re unaware of any allergens, incorporate more mindful eating and see if you experience any common yet mild allergic reactions to certain ingredients such as brain fog and bloating.
Whereas skin care is concerned, try switching to a gentler cleanser that doesn’t strip your skins natural moisture barrier. This tends to happen as the seasons get colder and drier, where oily skin types can too experience red skin by using cleansers from the summer that may be too harsh for colder months.
4. Dark Patches
Darker patches on your skin is likely to be a skin condition called melasma. The usual cause would be a surge in hormones, which is why pregnant women are known to experience this.
Dark patches don’t indicate any medical issues and it’s best to embrace it along with other bodily changes that are inevitable with pregnancy. If you find melasma bothersome, you can lessen the darkening by avoiding excessive sunlight (but daily exposure is still recommended for Vitamin D) and investing in a quality concealer to even out your complexion.
5. Acne Around the Jawline
For women, acne around the jawline, particularly large zit-like pimples are a common indicator of an imbalance in reproductive hormones, typically from a condition called Polycystic Ovarian syndrome, PCOS. Among the many symptoms that manifest from PCOS, pimples around the jawline are one of them.
To help manage this symptom and to clear up your skin, try incorporating adaptogens like Ashwagandha into a clean whole foods diet to help lower inflammation in your body and balance out hormones.
6. Dull and Sallow Skin
Chronically dull and sallow skin is your body’s way of saying your health needs to make a lifestyle change. Dull skin is usually caused by a buildup of toxins both internally and externally. Try cleaning up your diet to help your skin and body in general detoxify from complexion-dulling toxins. If your diet is fairly clean, your liver may be bogged down from toxin buildup and can’t detoxify properly. Try incorporating a Liver Care supplement to give your liver a boost and see if that helps brighten up your complexion on top of eating plenty of clean whole foods and drinking adequate amounts of water.