What Your Face Tells You About Your Health–Don’t Ignore These signs

You might not know that it’s possible to tell a lot about your health just by looking at your face, but there is information revealed by just looking in the mirror.

WHAT DOES YOUR FACE REVEAL ABOUT YOUR HEALTH?

The mirror has a lot to tell you when you look at the skin of your face, because it can show an underlying health problems. If you see some symptoms of disease on the surface of your skin, it’s important to get tested for possible health issues for the organs that correspond with that location of the skin problem on your face.

1.DISTINCTIVE FACIAL FEATURES AND WHAT THEY REVEAL ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Researchers at the Department of Psychology of the University of Western Australia looked at the ways that body symmetry is associated with health. They ranked participants’ faces for symmetry (looking the same of both sides of their face), for averageness (looking less distinctive than other people) and for distinctiveness (looking different form the average person). They found that facial distinctiveness ratings of 17-year-olds were associated with poor childhood health in males, and poor current and adolescent health in females.

Scientists then tested peoples’ perceptions of a healthy looking face compared to an unhealthy face. When asked to rate faces for their perceived health, people gave averaged composite faces the highest health ratings, which is what they expected. Having an average-looking face is equated with being healthy. Symmetrical faces may signal a healthy mate, but we also tend to have preferences for symmetry in the design of our homes, our furnishings, and our clothes. Our pursuit of attractive and aesthetically pleasing faces may not be simply a pursuit for a healthy mate based on their face.

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