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You look in the mirror every day. What do you see? Is your face trying to tell you something?
Your face is one of the most important parts of your body. It expresses a full range of emotions, reveals parts of your history, your story and even communicates unspoken language. It is almost always exposed to the environment, is impacted by what we eat, what products we use and is one of the first places we show signs of aging.
Changes on your face could mean it’s time to take a closer look at what may be happening behind your skin. While many facial skin issues are normal and could simply mean that you need to alter your health routine, your skin’s condition could also be the tell-tale sign of an underlying medical condition.
1: Dry and Itchy Skin
Many people suffer from especially dry, itchy skin in the winter. Climate, dry air, very hot showers or harsh cleansing routines are several common culprits. But if you moisturize constantly and still have issues, you may want to consult your provider about eczema. Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition which can cause dry, itchy, inflamed and cracked skin. It has immunological, genetic and environmental components. The medications you take and even medical conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, and malnutrition can also cause severe dry skin. A lack of certain vitamins such as vitamin A, omega 3, zinc and B complex can also cause dry skin issues.
“If you suffer from a dry skin condition such as eczema, try an anti-inflammatory, barrier repair product such as Medical Barrier Cream from Epionce,” says Jessica Murdock, esthetician. “When used regularly, this botanically based cream can help reduce the severity of dryness, scaling and itching.”
2: Bumpy, Spotty, Flushing Redness on Skin
Not all red bumps are acne. A ruddy complexion, redness and dry skin can all be symptoms of rosacea. This chronic skin condition can be caused by environmental factors and often triggered by the weather, spicy foods, exercise and stress. Sudden flushing can be a result of hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause. Blotchy, red welts on the face can also be caused by hives (caused by an allergic reaction, stress or illness) or contact dermatitis; through sensitivity to fragrances in moisturizers, cleansers, cosmetics, or mixing sun exposure with certain medications. Rarer are particular rashes on the face that could be a sign of lupus or a blood disorder.
3: Dark Circles, Sagging Under Eyes, Puffy Eyes
Dark circles under your eyes can be a combination of genetics, age or lifestyle factors. However, it can also be caused by a lack of certain nutrients in your diet, not staying hydrated or lack of sleep. As you age, the fat pads and structural support around your eyes changes, causing sagging or drooping. Swollen eyes could be caused by allergies or contact dermatitis caused by a facial product you are using that is causing irritation. Fatty deposits on your eyelids could indicate high cholesterol, which puts you at risk for heart disease.
“For younger looking eyes, I recommend the DEJ Eye Cream from Revision Skincare,” says Murdock. “This hydrating eye cream contains advanced extracts, peptides and antioxidants to help skin appear firmer and to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also great for brightening! Unlike many eye creams, DEJ can be applied to the upper eyelids as well.”
4: Sun Spots, Age Spots, Freckles or Moles
Are you getting your skin checked on a yearly basis? Experts say you should be. Dark spots can be a measure of sun damage you’ve accumulated over your lifetime. Most damage occurs during your growing-up years and can increase your risk for skin cancer. Monitor any changes, from moles to raised lesions or sores that won’t heal. Those brown or gray-brown patches on the face (melasma) can come from sun exposure, hormone changes, or both. The patches usually show up on the forehead, upper lip, cheeks, chin, and nose. These are much more common in women, with pregnancy or birth control pills being common triggers. These patches may fade after pregnancy or once you stop taking the pill, but treatments can help. A broad-spectrum sunscreen will keep them from getting darker.
“To diminish the appearance of moderate to severe hyperpigmentation, a great option is the prescription-strength ZO Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System,” says Murdock. “This system consists of five key ZO products designed to treat pigment, severe texture damage and general skin health restoration.”
5. A Pale or Sallow Complexion
Missing that youthful glow? Dehydration, dry winter weather and fatigue can cause your skin to look lackluster. Drinking enough water, moisturizing daily and getting ample sleep can improve the look of your skin. In some cases, this (as well as under eye circles) could be an indication of anemia. If this is the problem, you’ll need to boost your iron intake. Your complexion can also be affected by the lack of good, healthy fats in your diet.
6. Cracked, Scaling or Fissured Lips
Along with dehydration and licking your lips in the winter, cracked lips and/or painful sores in the corners of your mouth can indicate a vitamin B deficiency. If you’ve been tested and this is the case, a simple supplement may help. Painful cracks in the corners of your mouth can be caused by an easily treatable fungal infection called perlèche, which may be associated with a vitamin deficiency or even a chronic illness.
An easy way to get started on a treatment plan for your skin care needs is to schedule an appointment with one of our estheticians. They may recommend products, peels or other treatments to help you combat your concerns.
One treatment option great for all skin types is the HydraFacial – a hydradermabrasion facial procedure that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, hydrates and replenishes the skin with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid.
“It can help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation and brown spots,” says Murdock. “When done regularly, the treatment can help improve the appearance and long-term health of your skin.”
Many non-invasive or minimally invasive efforts can be made to the face, making a big difference in appearance. These types of services range from daily skin care product regimens and peels, to Botox/Dysport, facial fillers, or laser services like skin tightening. At Dreams MedSpa, we have licensed nurses and estheticians that can evaluate your skin and develop a product or treatment plan that addresses your changing concerns.
To schedule an appointment with any of our providers at Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery | Dreams MedSpa, please give us a call at 402.596.4000.