What Your Face Tells You about Your Health

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5. Skin

Small bumps under the skin: “You may be using too strong a product on the skin,” Ambrosen says. “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,” Young says. “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,” Ambrosen says. “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 for it,” Ambrosen says. “Drink lots of water to help drain the lymph system.”

6. Elsewhere on your head…

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Sore throats and ulcers: If you get these regularly, it could be a sign of a gum infection. Mouth ulcers can indicate a suppressed immune system, so rest and eat well. If it lasts longer than a fortnight, see a GP.

Bad breath: This can indicate liver disease and digestive disorders, but first check teeth and gums are in good health and avoid garlic-heavy meals (chewing parsley can minimise garlic breath).

Dry mouth: This may just mean you’re dehydrated, but if it’s always dry and you don’t smoke or aren’t on medication, it could be a sign of diabetes.

Yellow teeth: Discoloured teeth can be due to drinking too much tea and coffee, or smoking. Some antibiotics can also cause teeth to yellow.

Dull, brittle hair: Treated locks may just need TLC, but brittle hair can mean you’re low in protein. A diet rich in iron and essential fatty acids will also help keep it strong. Limp or rapidly thinning hair can indicate thyroid issues, so see a GP.

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