Face facts

By admin
11 December 2014

Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder what particular features mean?

Like why your eyes are sagging slightly or why you have a little mark on your cheek? Experts have discussed what certain things can show about your health so you can work on getting rid of them or cease your worrying.

Mouth

If you have teeth which are short or slightly thinner than normal, this can point towards acid reflux.

"Here acid from the stomach splashes up the gullet into the mouth," Dr Ben Atkins, principal dentist and owner of Revive Dental Care, told The Daily Mail. "Stomach acid is more damaging than fizzy pop - it literally dissolves the teeth."

And your tongue also brings up health issues. A black one is the result of bacteria building up when small structures called papillae, found on the surface, don't shed like they should. You may also notice your tongue has a slightly hairy appearance. This could be down to smoking, not cleaning your mouth properly or from taking antibiotics. You can brush your tongue as well as your teeth to avoid this.

Skin

This is the most noticeable part of your face, so any blemishes or spots can leave you feeling insecure. A yellow tinge to your skin can be a side-effect of medication, such as is taken for high blood pressure, but a more serious cause is liver damage. Get yourself checked out immediately if you start to notice a change in tone.

Brown patches could be Melasma; a common skin condition which sees pigments ranging from light to dark brown or grey develop. It isn't harmful but can knock a person's confidence.

"The patches can be as small as a thumbnail or big enough to cover both cheeks," Dr Nick Lowe, a consultant dermatologist and president of the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group, explained. "It’s caused by the hormone oestrogen, so it can happen when women are pregnant or taking the Pill. It tends to occur on the face because it’s triggered by damage from UVA rays in sunlight."

Eyes

White rings in the iris indicate high cholesterol in someone's bloodstream.

"Another sign of high cholesterol is small fatty deposits in the white of the eye, known as pingueculas," Francesca Marchetti, of the College of Optometrists, explained.

Small pimples or lumps on the eyelids and skin around your eye can also mean high cholesterol and are an even more dangerous sign, according to David Webb, professor of therapeutics and clinical pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh and an expert in cardiovascular health.

"They suggest you have a greater propensity to lay down fat than other people do and, therefore, are more likely to have it blocking up the blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack or stroke," he added.

Drooping eyelids are often linked to Bell's palsy, a condition in which the nerve supply to the eye gets broken.

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