BEAUTY&STYLE Published November27, 2014 By Staff Writer

What Blemishes and Under Eye Circles Reveal About Your Health

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Having blemishes like acne and under eye circles can be frustrating. Not only do they disrupt that flawless finish we desire for our faces, it can be hard to deal with them, despite products claiming to help diminish dark circles or zap zits within 24 hours.

Could it be that these blemishes are more than just problems within the epidermis or the external part of the skin?

According to Anne Chapas, M.D., a dermatologist of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, it's really more than just an aesthetic problem- skin problems could reflect what's going on inside the body. Acne and other skin problems could be more than just "problems", but symptoms of an underlying condition. To check your health, watch out for these facial signs:

Dark Under Eye Circles/Puffiness

It could be that all you need is a good night's sleep, but if your dark circles continue to decorate your eyes despite getting the right amount of sleep, it could be a sign of allergies. Chronic allergies dilate blood vessels, causing them to leak and creating puffiness and a purplish blue hue round the eyes.

Ranella Hirsch, M.D, a Boston dermatologist and former president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, notes that many people are not even aware that they have allergies.

Chin Acne

Many women have pimples on their chins especially right before their monthly period. This is caused by hormonal imbalances brought about by the changes in the body during this time. The chin is particularly sensitive to rising progesterone and testosterone levels.

For severe chin acne or pimples that do not respond to over the counter treatments, it is advisable to visit the doctor, particularly an ob-gyn.

Dr. Chapas notes, "Deep, cystic acne on the chin or along the jaw line can be a sign of underlying polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, and other hormonal abnormalities." Leaving such conditions untreated could increase the risk for infertility and diabetes.

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