I'm a big believer that the healthier we are, the better we feel and look. So it should come as no surprise to you that I highly recommend taking a good long look at your daily routine and how you take care of yourself before stocking up on so-called “miracle” beauty products. There is one important health factor that usually goes unnoticed, yet can have a big impact on appearance: your thyroid.
Thyroid Health and Skin
Without proper levels of hormones from the thyroid (whether you're experiencing excess hormones or a lack thereof), your skin is very likely to react adversely. Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, occurs when your thyroid is making too much hormone. One skin condition that you may experience due to this is dry skin, which is could be misdiagnosed as eczema or psoriasis. Also, those with thyroid problems can experience rashes, which are commonly misattributed to allergies.
Your Thyroid and Your Hair
The health of your thyroid may also play into the appearance of your hair as well. Those who suffer from thyroid issues may experience an increase in hair loss. While the body naturally loses and replaces hair over time, an unhealthy thyroid can cause an increase in dihydrotestosterone. Dihydrotestosterone is known for attacking hair follicles, which can cause them to shrink or disappear entirely. Other hair-based indicators of thyroid problems include hair becoming more coarse, dryer, or tangling easier over time. These hair issues aren't enough on their own to diagnose a thyroid problem.
If you're experiencing skin issues, any of these hair problems, or a combination of the two, you may want to talk to your doctor about your thyroid. Other symptoms you may notice include weight gain (typically water weight), infertility, depression and fatigue, as well as some others. Make sure you report any of these symptoms to your medical professional. Remember – a healthy inside makes for a more beautiful outside!