There are more reasons to pay attention to what you look like than pure aesthetics. Your looks can also give you some indications of what your health is like. Some changes to your skin, hair, or nails might simply be annoying, but others could be a sign that there is something else wrong. It might just be that you’re using the wrong beauty products for your needs or that your body is changing naturally due to ageing. But there’s also a chance that something else is happening, and there’s an underlying cause that you need to address. Here are some warning signs you might want to watch for.
Hair Falling Out
Your hair can start to thin out as you get old, whether you’re a man or a woman. While male pattern baldness is more common, women can also find that they start to get thinner hair and even bald patches. Pregnant women often find that their hair can change too, but it will often go back to normal after birth. But if your hair suddenly starts to fall out, it could be a sign that there’s an underlying cause. For example, some hormonal imbalances could cause your hair to start falling out. If you’re concerned, see a doctor.
Unusual Moles or Growths
Having a few moles, or even a lot of them, is normal. But it’s important to watch out for any new moles or changes to existing moles. A mole that starts changing or growing could be a sign of skin cancer. If a doctor thinks it could be skin cancer, you will need to have a mole removal to perform a biopsy and work out what should happen next. Even if a mole isn’t skin cancer, removing them can sometimes be good for your health. If it’s in a place where you often knock it and cause it to bleed, or you just don’t like it, you could get it removed.
Changes in Your Nails
If you notice that your nails look different, there could be various reasons for that. Nails can start to look a different colour or shape, or they can be brittle or thicker than usual. There are multiple things that could make your nails look different, from infections to nutritional deficiencies. Even problems with your heart or circulation can start to make your nails look different. So if your nails start to change shape, colour, thickness, or texture, don’t ignore it. It could be a sign of an underlying condition.
Dryness, Redness, or Itchiness
Everyone can find that they experience times when their skin is irritated, red, or dry. There are lots of possible causes, including allergic reactions, changes in diet, environmental factors, and more. These problems will often go away on their own or when the thing that’s irritating the skin is removed, and they can be soothed with creams, ointments, or moisturisers. But they can also indicate bigger problems, especially if they don’t go away.
Watch out for these beauty warning signs that could be caused by a number of different problems so you can catch them early.