5. Facial Hair Loss
We’re all familiar with hair loss on our heads, but did you know you can also lose the hair on your face? Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss throughout the body. In some cases, hair loss remains only in one area of the body, and in others, the hair loss is all over. If your notice that your eyebrows are sparser than usual, and it’s not due to overplucking, it may be alopecia areata.
4. Butterfly-Shaped Rash
A butterfly-shaped rash over your cheeks and nose bridge can be a sign of acute cutaneous lupus (ACLE), an autoimmune disease. ACLE causes inflammation and blood vessels to dilate after exposure to the sun, resulting in the facial rash, called a malar rash. The butterfly shape occurs because those facial areas receive the most sun exposure.
Are you looking paler than usual? Are you also feeling tired? You may be suffering from anemia, a lack of healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, and too little of them can make the body weak. If you suspect you’re anemic, call your doctor for an assessment.
A yellow tinge to your face, especially your eyes, can signify liver issues. Jaundice occurs when too much bilirubin builds up in the body, causing the skin to turn yellow. Bilirubin is a chemical in red blood cells. When the liver isn’t functioning correctly, it can’t get rid of old red blood cells quickly enough. As a result, the bilirubin from these old red blood cells builds up, causing jaundice.