5 Ways Your Skin’s Condition Shows Your Overall Health

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it can tell you a lot about your overall health. Not only does it act as a protective barrier but also it aids in temperature control. The skin can additionally be considered as a major indicator of serious health conditions that are not just problems involving the skin, hair, and nails.

Here are 5 internal conditions that may show symptoms in the skin first:

  • Complications from diabetes –The appearance of thicker and darker patches in the folds of the skin, such as under the arms, in the neck area, or in the face and hands may be an indication of diabetes. Waxy, discolored bumps on the arms, legs, feet, and chest can also be a sign of a diabetic condition.
  • Dermatomyositis –Scaly bumps on the knuckles and purple rashes can occur on skin that is often exposed to UV rays. This inflammatory muscle condition is often unfortunately associated with a wide variety of
  • Liver problems– Changes in skin color and texture is often a sign of a problem in the liver, such as jaundice and liver failure.
  • Thyroid gland abnormalities –Poor thyroid gland function can cause brittle nails, hair loss and dry skin. Mild rashes on the upper arms and fingers are also more likely to occur.
  • Likelihood of developing bone injuries –Excessively deep wrinkles in the neck and face areas often indicate decreased bone density, especially in postmenopausal women, increasing the risk of bone fractures.

When you notice any skin abnormalities or have any other concerns about your skin, hair, and nails, you should seek the help of a respected board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.