The skin is the largest organ that humans possess. It is the protective barrier between us and the nasty outside world, filled with various pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. When someone gets a cut, the skin usually heals rapidly to protect the body from any intruders – that is, to protect from infection. Skin changes are important because they can signify other issues in the body that maybe you’re not aware of yet. The body is deeply interconnected, and as such, it’s important to watch out for signs, just in case there is something wrong.
Skin change in terms of skin type
Some people usually have normal skin all over their body. That means their skin isn’t dry, even if it might be affected by certain products, the weather, hot or cold water. The skin type of your face is a bit trickier, as it can be different from the rest of your body. You can have oily face skin, but have the rest of your skin quite dry. Some people never experience significant skin change over time.
But what does it mean when you’ve previously had oily or combination type face skin and normal otherwise, yet it suddenly goes extremely dry? There are many possible reasons for such change, one of which being simply age, yet you might as well be experiencing a thyroid issue. An underactive thyroid can make your skin go dry, and so can renal issues. It’s good to check it out, just to be sure. Skin change of the type isn’t to be ignored.
The opposite can happen as well. Previously the owner of proud dry skin now becomes burdened by oily skin. This has its perks and disadvantages as well because such skin change isn’t exactly problematic. But this can signal some sort of hormonal issue or imbalance, depending on your monthly cycle. Some people, specifically women, experience monthly changes in skin type, going from combination or even oily to dry, depending on the cycle. Sometimes only certain spots of the skin get affected, which is bizarre.
Abnormal spots or growths
I think this is quite intuitive – it can be a very serious issue if you find abnormal spots or growths on your body skin. Only a dermatologist can tell you precisely what sort of growth you have on your skin. Of course, it can be something extremely serious as cancer, but it might not be spreading – or it might be something else entirely.
However, it’s always good to keep an eye on such skin change. You always have an advantage if you can get an issue identified early on – treatment is more effective, and you have higher chances of success. Of course, we can also talk about prevention. In the case of skin cancer, it’s always good to wear sunscreen and avoid staying in the sun unprotected – especially if you already have suspicious spots on your body, including moles.
Irritation and redness
This one is quite tricky, and only a dermatologist or specialist can tell you precisely what is going on, but yet again, it’s still good to keep an eye on skin change, just in case. Here irritation and redness can appear because of some sort of irritant on the skin, like a type of material that your skin disagrees with. You might’ve also just scratched yourself somehow.
However, irritation and redness can also be a sign of something more serious. If you’d previously gotten wounded and now the surrounding skin appears to be irritated, red and swollen, it’s probably time to see a doctor. This type of skin change can be a sign of an infection, and you certainly don’t want to mess around with that.