Many women credit their thinning eyebrows to age, frequent plucking or too much waxing. While all of these can contribute to thinning, it’s important to note one symptom of a more serious underlying issue. Thinning eyebrows, notably in areas closest to the temples, can signal an underactive thyroid gland — a condition called hypothyroidism.
2. Excess facial hair and acne
For many, facial hair may be hereditary, and acne may simply be related to stress. But if you find yourself removing facial hair often and suffering from frequent acne outbreaks, that may mean you’re producing too much of the male hormone testosterone.
High levels of insulin can also boost oil-triggering male hormones, which causes inflammation. This results in a breakdown of collagen and elastin, making your skin saggy and wrinkly. Avoid foods high in sugar, like white bread and soda, to help curb these insulin spikes.
3. Red blotches on your cheeks
Some people blush easily. Others turn flush when they’re embarrassed, or if they’ve had too much red wine.
It’s important to notice if your cheeks, and even your chin, appear red. If the redness intensifies during the summer, your body could be telling you that you have lupus, an autoimmune disorder, in which case you should see a doctor right away.
4. Under-eye circles
The appearance of under-eye circles or bags occurs when fluid-filled fat pads that surround the eye swell or move beyond where they’re normally positioned, causing those areas to bulge.
These under-eye circles can be a sign of too much salt in your diet, or it could mean your chronic allergies are causing blood vessels near your eyes to dilate and leak. But if there is also redness or dark patches around the eyes, it could be a sign of dermatomyositis.