What your face reveals about your health

Updated at: May 28, 2015
What your face reveals about your health

Most of us would like to change something about our face, like dark circles or irritating pimples. But ,we don’t realise that these are signs that indicate an underlying health issue. Know what your face says about your health.

Ariba Khaliq
Fashion & BeautyWritten by: Ariba KhaliqPublished at: May 26, 2015

An attractive, youthful face often reflects good health. You may want to blame ageing and stress for facial lines and uneven skin tone when, in fact, these flaws can signal underlying health issues. They’ll start whispering, then talking, and, if you don’t pay attention, they’ll start yelling in your face, and then you’ve got an illness.

Here is what your face says about your health. Listen to its signs to ward off health problems.

Face Health

Mouth and chin

Sores around the mouth: People with sores in the corner of the mouth may have vitamin B deficiency. You may want to introduce more whole grains into the diet, along with green vegetables and meat. All these options are full of vitamin B. You could also try vitamin B supplements alternatively.

Dry Lips: An internal dehydration, deficiency of vitamin B or lack of iron in the body could all be the causes of dry lips. Hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water and talk to your doctor about underlying problems.

Dry skin/inflamed chin: A sure sign of problem with the digestive system and bowel, inflammation of the chin can be treated by gently massaging it in circles. Pinch your chin and release it to treat constipation.


Horizontal lines: Digestive issues could be behind this. Drink water mixed with lemon juice first thing in the morning to combat horizontal lines on your forehead.

A pronounced frown line: If your liver is under pressure, you could have a pronounced line between the eyes. Various physical, environmental and emotional reasons, an allergy to foods/substances or loss and grief could be behind this. This leads to adrenal overload, known as burnout. Try gently massaging the area with circular moves.

Pimples on the forehead:
Internal symptoms like liver and stomach congestion could cause breakouts on your forehead. Drinking plenty of water helps to flush toxins out. Also, eat more liver-friendly foods, such as leafy green vegetables, and cut processed foods. Avoid caffeine too.

Pimple on Forehead

Ears and Jawline

Itchy ears: Often a sign of allergy or low tolerance, itchy ears can also develop because of psoriasis and eczema. These skin conditions occur as a result of vitamin D deficiency. Spend 10 minutes a day with your arms and face exposed to sunshine to get plenty of vitamin D.

Acne on jawline: If you eat a lot of dairy, sugary and refined foods, zits could be a problem for you. Cut out on burgers, chips, and crisps and eat more of fresh foods. Replace frizzy drinks with water to help your body flush toxins out. Clean the affected area thoroughly.

Acne around the jawline: Oestrogen is our skin’s friend, but when its levels drop with age, the skin loses lustre and acne cysts break out deep in the dermis, commonly appearing on the jawline and hairline. Eat more of apricots, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and mangoes. All of these foods contain vitamin A to normalise production and life cycle of skin cells.


Dark circles: Persistent dark circles despite regular and restful sleep could be due to food intolerance. Try removing triggers like dairy and wheat from your diet and notice if the circles lighten. Alcohol is another culprit, which even in moderate amounts causes darkness around the eyes.

White spots on the eyes: A series of white spots near the outer rim can indicate chronic congestion of the lymphatic system. You should avoid lactose and cow’s milk products.

Spots on the cheeks: When you don’t clean foundation off your face properly, your skin becomes congested. This might be from using a water-based cleanser that doesn’t remove make-up fully. Use an oil-based ­cleanser and take a break from wearing make-up to let the skin breathe.

Cheek Spots


Small bumps under the skin: You may be using a very strong product on your skin. Make sure you’re choosing the right ­cleanser. A milder one would be more suitable if you suffer from this.

Dark patches: These can be caused by medication or illness, so be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Age spots, on the other hand, may be the body’s way of ridding itself of ­toxins. Eat more fresh foods, drink more water and massage a small amount of castor oil on to existing age spots.

Oily skin:
Oily skin can be caused or ­worsened by your diet. Pay attention to your diet. As you get older, your skin produces less sebum. Choose the right cleanser to keep it under control and use a face mask regularly.

Puffy skin: The skin may be trying to protect itself from a beauty product that’s too strong. Drink lots of water to help drain the lymph system.

Also, if you have white circles around your iris, you could have high cholesterol in your bloodstream. Another sign of high cholesterol is small fatty deposits in the white of the eye, known as pingueculas. All these signs may help you to be careful about your health and detect and treat problems on time.

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