You might not be able to look at someone’s face and instantly tell what sort of medical conditions they might have, but all you need is a little bit of information and you’ll be a master at reading faces and diagnosing medical problems. Just for fun, let’s see some of the things that your face might be saying about your health.
1. Condition: Yellow patches on the face, especially around the eyes, nose and mouth
Diagnosis: High cholesterol
Details: High cholesterol is a big problem in the United States and Great Britain. Yellowing skin can be a sign that your cholesterol is too high, particularly if the yellowing is around the mouth, nose or eyes. The good news is, you can use a skin peel to get rid of the yellowing rather easily. Reducing your cholesterol to solve the problem permanently might prove harder.
2. Condition: Pale Skin
Diagnosis: Iron deficiency
Details: A lot of people suffer from this particular illness, affecting over one-and-a-half billion people, which is more than a 1/5 of the world population. You can usually tell by the symptoms, which include the aforementioned pale skin and often, sufferers will have dark circles under the eyes. The reason the skin is pale is that not enough blood is getting to it. How do you solve it? Easy. Eat more red meat.
3. Condition: Cracks on the mouth, at the corners
Diagnosis: Not enough dairy
Details: When you don’t get enough dairy you suffer a condition called angular stomatitis. Dairy products give you B vitamins and especially B2 and B3. Since these have anti-inflammatory properties, they can cause cracking of the lips at the corners if not enough of the vitamin is present. If you can’t get enough from a healthy diet (that includes leafy veggies) then you might have to take a multivitamin or a B-complex vitamin.
4. Condition: Acne Present on the Chin
Diagnosis: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Details: This is a problem for women and it happens because of some of the hormones that get released, particularly around that time of the month. Testosterone is one of the hormones that can cause chin acne as well as progesterone. Breakouts vary in severity and if you are having major breakouts you should see your doctor for treatment.
5. Condition: Spider Veins
Diagnosis: Excessive Red Wine
Details: If you have been hitting that (wine) bottle a little too hard your face will eventually show it. While the skin gets flushed when drinking wine, the blood vessels usually recover quite easily. But when the drinking is excessive over a period of 1-2 years, the blood vessels lose their color tone and you can end up with spider veins.
6. Condition: Sagging, Deep Wrinkles
Details: Smoking doesn’t just wreak havoc in your lungs and throat, it also can effect cosmetic changes and one of those is deep wrinkles, age lines and sagging. That’s because smoking cigarettes reduces the collagen and elastin which gives the skin a nice, plump look. As is the case with the previous condition, the solution is obvious. Stop smoking right away to curtail further damage.