Your skin is a window into what’s happening inside your body. It may be sounding the alarm for some serious but preventable medical conditions – but are you paying attention? Take a minute to see what your skin is trying to tell you with these self-tests.
Next time you strip down, don’t forget to check yourself out. These simple tests can be indicative of a larger medical issue. Learn what to look for.
Check for Type 2 Diabetes
Look for symptoms of acanthosis nigricans, a skin condition commonly caused by elevated levels of insulin. Excess insulin causes skin cells to multiply and creates too much melanin, resulting in dark, velvety patches of thicker skin in body folds and creases. These areas are most commonly found around the neck, armpits and groin area. There is no burning or itching associated with acanthosis nigricans, which can lead people to believe darkening skin is normal. While there are some creams available that can thin the thickened skin, it is crucial to see a doctor as the changes in your skin could be indicative of type 2 diabetes.
Check for Gluten Intolerance
Take a moment to check your bottom for aggressive, raised pimples and rashes. Unlike typical acne, which many people deal with, these bumps will burn and itch. Check your knees and elbows for similar rashes. Painful, itchy red rashes and blisters may be a sign of a gluten intolerance. Dietary adjustments can remedy the problem. Click here to learn more about Celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
Check for Hypothyroidism
Check your elbows, knees and under your breasts for dry, flakey skin that has a doughy consistency. If the dry skin cannot be treated with a moisturizer, that could be a sign of hypothyroidism. Up to 10% of women may have some kind of thyroid hormone deficiency and not know it. Make an appointment with your doctor if your skin is flakey and yellowish, and if your nails and hair are particularly brittle.