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Hidden Health Issues That Affect Your Skin and Hair

What Your Skin and Hair Can Tell You about Your Health

-- By Natalie L. Nichols, Health & Beauty Writer
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What it could mean: If you’re older than the age of 25 and your adult onset acne appears as deeper, cystic nodules, it could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. And if you notice other symptoms along with your acne such as thinning hair and abnormal menstrual cycles, you could have polycystic ovary disease (PCOD), hypothyroidism, an autoimmune disease or even cancer. Consult your dermatologist as soon as you notice these warning signs in order to get treated right away.

Symptom: You’re young, yet your hair is turning grey.

What it could mean: You can typically blame premature grey hair on genetics, however, anemia, thyroid issues, vitamin B12 deficiency and vitiligo can also be underlying causes. If you’re concerned, contact your dermatologist to rule out any serious conditions.

Symptom: Your hair is thinning all over your head.

What it could mean: Though it’s normal to shed hair every day, it’s important to take notice when you see a whole lot of extra hair in your brush--especially if your hair comes out in clumps. Some common causes include psychological stressors such as a big move or divorce. But more serious conditions like diabetes can also cause your hair to thin or come out in clumps. Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as you notice this warning sign in order to rule out any serious conditions and start treating your hair loss.
 
As you can see, it’s important to pay attention to the health of your skin and hair when it comes to keeping your body in tip-top shape. Though we’ve only mentioned a handful of medical conditions, there are others that you should be aware of. Read more about when you should visit a dermatologist to seek expert care for your skin and hair.
 
Sources
WebMD, "What Your Hair Says about Your Health," www.webmd.com, accessed on July 8, 2013.
 
Mayo Clinic, "Dandruff," www.mayoclinic.com, accessed on July 8, 2013.
 
WebMD, "What Your Skin Says about Your Health," www.webmd.com, accessed on July 8, 2013.
 
American Academy of Dermatology, "Psoriasis," www.aad.org, accessed on July 8, 2013.
 
 
 
 
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Natalie Nichols Natalie Nichols
Natalie lost nearly 30 pounds the SparkPeople way before becoming a health and beauty contributor to the site. A self-proclaimed "girly girl," Natalie couldn't bear to break a sweat when she was younger, but now can't imagine living a life without exercise. In her spare time she practices yoga, enjoys cooking and stays involved in her community. Leading by example, she hopes to inspire others to live healthier and happier lifestyles, too.

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