You may have noticed that your skin reflects your inner health. Stress and lack of sleep lead to puffy eyes and dark circles as well as breakouts. But did you know your skin reveals more than the obvious? If you look closely, your skin gives away the first signs of an underlying problem.

Metabolic disorders and other health issues can present themselves in the form of patches, skin splotches and rashes. It’s your body signalling to you that something is not right. Read on to find out what your skin might be trying to tell you about your health and consult a doctor to get the best treatment plan.

Sudden breakouts may indicate stress and anxiety
 

Sudden breakouts may indicate stress and anxiety

If your skin is pretty okay and clear for most of the time and you see a sudden bout of acne on your skin, blame the stress. When you are stressed out or anxious, your body releases cortisol which leads to breakouts. Start with some stress-reducing activities such as meditation or spending time in nature to get things under control. If the breakouts don’t seem to reduce, consult a dermatologist.

Acne along the jawline may indicate hormonal imbalance
 

Acne along the jawline may indicate hormonal imbalance

Acne on different areas of your face indicates a different internal issue. Acne that frequently appears on the lower part of the face or along the jawline is usually a sign of PCOS. If this sounds familiar, we suggest you consult a doctor immediately for tests and treatment.

Yellow bumps may indicate diabetes
 

Yellow bumps may indicate diabetes

Noticing yellow bumps on the arms and legs or dark patches around the underarm area could be a sign of diabetes. It is one of the most common diseases in today’s time but a lot of people don’t even know they have it. Skin symptoms might be the first clue towards identifying it.

Dark under-eyes may indicate nutrient deficiency
 

Dark under-eyes may indicate nutrient deficiency

You have been blaming lack of sleep and genes for those dark circles under your eyes, but did you know it can also be due to nutrient deficiency? Drink more water to tackle lack of hydration and make sure you are eating a balanced diet to include all proteins, vitamins and nutrients.

Very dry skin may indicate thyroid issues
 

Very dry skin may indicate thyroid issues

If you’ve always had dry skin there is nothing to worry about and dry skin due to climatic changes is also quite normal. However, chronically dry skin can be a sign of internal issues and might indicate an underactive thyroid gland. If your skin feels itchy or very dry, consult a doctor to determine the exact cause.