When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Your face may be the first telltale sign that something abnormal may be developing. Changes on your face and other parts of the body may alert you to what your skin’s appearance says about your health. Sometimes certain foods or the addition of new products affect the skin and simply eliminating those things or adding complementary ingredients to your routine can restore skin’s appearance. Other times, changes to the skin may indicate an underlying medical condition. 

From discoloration to imperfections showing up on the skin, some painless while others causing discomfort or even severe pain, it is important to recognize warning signs when something does not look right with your skin. In addition, changes to the skin can range from a simple cause to a life-threatening illness. For example, hyperpigmentation can be the result of a long day at the beach or any other kind of prolonged sun exposure or it could be caused by Addison’s disease which is a failure of the adrenal glands. Dry, itchy skin could simply be rooted in the need to moisturize more often, or it could be attributed to allergies, or it could be linked to something more concerning like liver disease. If your skin and eyes develop a yellowish tint, you could possibly have jaundice, liver disease or hepatitis. Moles range from harmless skin tags to various forms of cancer. Dark circles, sagging under eyes, and puffiness around the eyes could be caused by lack of certain nutrients, dehydration, or lack of sleep. Alternatively, fatty eyelids could mean high cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. 

Because signs and symptoms can reveal themselves on the skin but can have a wide range of causes, it is important to schedule a comprehensive skin exam with a dermatologist as soon as you notice any changes to your skin. A skin assessment can offer early intervention and effective treatment. Dermatologists can also offer cosmetic and rejuvenating solutions as well so that your skin looks and feels as healthy as possible. 

Call THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology today at 602-867-7546 to book your appointment. For more detailed information on what to expect at your appointment, visit WEBSITE.