They say that the eyes are the windows to our soul and that our face is a roadmap to our health. Granted, since the face is the first thing someone sees when they look at you, the body will go out of its way to express its unhappiness. Like the pimples you got right before graduation, telling you that you ate too many fats at the feast before. At the same time, there are much more serious conditions that can appear along with face symptoms.
Excessive Facial Hair
For a man, this may sound like a blessing. “I can finally grow a beard!” they will say. But for most women, this would be an embarrassing catastrophe. This problem is known as hirsutism. It is a symptom of the polycystic ovary syndrome, an imbalance in which the male hormones become elevated. This problem mostly occurs after menopause, since the body and the hormones go through various changes. It can also be caused by adrenal gland disorders or certain medications, which is why you may want to have it checked.
Yellowing of the Eyes and Skin
If you look in the mirror and notice the whites of your eyes or the skin on your face becoming a tinge of yellow, it may be a sign of jaundice. This condition usually occurs when the bilirubin builds up in the blood – bilirubin being the yellow pigment which can break down the dead red blood cells found in the liver. A yellow face can also be a symptom of a liver disease, such as cirrhosis or hepatitis. It may also try to warn you about a problem with your pancreas or gallbladder.
Many women may be proud of their pale skin, but when it is excessively pale, you may want to address the problem. A washed-out, lifeless-looking face may be a sign of an iron deficiency, which is the main cause of anemia. Since the iron levels are low, the body is no longer able to produce enough hemoglobin that is necessary for giving that healthy, reddish glow to your skin.
Flaky Lips and Dry Skin
Every now and then, everyone will experience some dry skin. It may be because you took overly hot showers or because you stayed in sharp wind for too long. However, if the problem persists, it may be a sign of dehydration. Since the skin holds about 30% of the water, it’s normal that it will dry out if you do not give it enough water. Think of the plants that dry out if you don’t give them water – the same thing will happen to your skin and lips. Other causes of dry skin can be a vitamin B deficiency, hypothyroidism or even diabetes.
Be careful of what your face is telling you. If something is not within the usual norms, it may be your body sending you an SOS signal.