Skin problems can often be the symptoms of existing infections or other disorders that the body may have. For instance one of the main symptoms of the chicken pox infection is a typical skin rash. But your skin is more revealing that this:
- A butterfly like rash across the face could be Rosacea in a lot of cases, but sometimes this could be one of the first symptoms of lupus (a systemic autoimmune disease that causes tissue damage) or it could be the symptom of contact dermatitis. If it occurs during pregnancy (often called the mask of pregnancy) it will usually resolve on its own after the arrival of the baby.
- Skin plaques that seem velvety to the touch may appear in the neck and armpit region. They often occur in obese individuals and could be the sign of diabetes or in some cases may indicate cancer if they appear on the lips and hands.
- Itchy rashes that appear on the wrist, lower back, neck or legs; even genitals in the form of flat, irregular shaped bumps could indicate liver problems and even infections such as Hepatitis C.
- White rashes on the palms of the hand that makes the skin thicken and increases the folds to make them more pronounced called tripe palms is usually the sign of serious cancer condition; most commonly lung cancer or gastric cancer.
Though the above examples may seem scary, a lot of skin conditions are quite harmless and resolve on their own. However skin problems are often a warning sign that you need to do some things to try and protect your own health.
Did you know for instance that stress can really tell on your skin? It can aggravate skin problems such as acne outbreaks, eczema, hives, and psoriasis and so on. It is thought that the immune response of the body is often dulled by stress and this in turn causes skin conditions to worsen and in some cases appear for the first time.
Also, a chemical reaction in the body makes the skin more reactive and sensitive – for instance increased stress produces more cortisol in the body and this in turn increases the amount of sebum produced by the skin’s oil glands; ergo acne.
The stress may also distract your mind from regular skin care or regular exercise and healthy eating; and may also mean inadequate rest, all of which may contribute to your skin troubles.
So remember to look, really look at your skin to see what it tells you.