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5 Things Your Skin Is Trying to Tell You About Your Health

Our skin is our body's largest organ, so there’s no question that the overall signs of our health could quite literally be on our faces. We’ve all experienced one of the following scenarios. You get a breakout out of nowhere, your skin starts to look dull, your face is suddenly more flushed than usual--you name it. These could all be telltale signs that something is going on well beyond the surface. I wanted to share some things that your skin could be trying to tell you based on its current state.

You’re Stressed

No surprise here. Stress takes a toll on the entire body from the inside out. From the muscles to the gut and of course the skin, you can feel the effects of stress all over. Stress is mostly known for causing acne and sudden breakouts, which can be both uncomfortable and long-lasting. If you already live with acne, stress could make it significantly worse. Soothing ingredients such as lavender and eucalyptus can help reduce stress both in the mind and on the skin. Right now, we’re all feeling extra stressed, so be easier on yourself.

You’re Dehydrated

Dehydration is more common than you’d think, and the signs show on your face. However, it’s not to be confused with naturally dry skin. Dehydrated skin isn’t a huge threat and can be fixed with the right lifestyle changes. The signs typically include scaly skin, white flakes, irritation, and redness. It’s so common because a lot of people don’t intake the right amount of water to begin with. Drinking more water is a great first step but applying face oils or replenishing balms will quench the dehydration in the long run.

You’re Fatigued

If you’ve been feeling exhausted to the point of fatigue, your skin is definitely feeling it too. Lack of sleep, smoking, poor nutrition, little sleep, and environmental aggressors can all contribute to skin fatigue. It’s a combination of stress-related factors in conjunction with your lifestyle. The most common sign you’ll see is dull skin, but dryness is common too. To put it simply, your skin will literally look tired along with how you feel.

You’re Not Digesting Food Properly

Gut health is a major, major part of our lives. The gut is the center of our overall health and poor nutrition can show across the skin. Ignoring food sensitivities can also trigger poor gut health and digestion issues, including leaky gut syndrome. The skin can become irritated and inflamed as the result of an underlying gut issue, and bigger concerns such as eczema and psoriasis can be triggered. If your skin isn’t the best state right now, take a deeper dive into your diet and if your gut health is the trigger.

You’re Experiencing a Hormone Imbalance

In the worst-case scenario, your skin health is the result of an underlying health concern. In women, a hormone imbalance can trigger the skin immensely and can be quite uncomfortable. Low levels of estrogen and progesterone are known to cause adult acne, and cyst-like bumps across the chin and jawline. Adult acne can also be an indicator of polycystic ovary syndrome, while dry skin can indicate a deeper thyroid issue.

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