The liver and kidneys are important organs in the digestive system of the body. Most skin problems are a result of poor digestion and it is important to diagnose these skin conditions to identify the real problem that may lie with the kidney or liver. Here we tell you how your skin reflects your liver and kidney health.
Liver health and your skin:
The liver is the largest and most complicated organ in our body. It performs close to 500 functions including cleansing, detoxifying, storing essential vitamins and sugar for the body, and it most importantly produces protein without which the body may not function at all.
The liver detoxifies the blood by filtering toxins that accumulate in our body through the food we eat, pollution, and more as urine through kidneys and as bile through the colon.
If your liver is unable to detoxify properly, toxins build up in the system creating free radicals causing skin damage – one of the early signs of liver disease.
Here are some skin issues caused by poor functioning of kidneys:
- Jaundice – Yellow discoloration of skin, nails and eyes
- Sallow skin – pale and dry skin
- Adult acne or uneven skin tone
- Psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis – Itchy patches on the skin
- Rashes and skin sores
- Wrinkles and sagging skin
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Brownish age spots or blemishes
- Body odour and bad breath
- Visible spider veins
Besides skin problems, your liver problems may also cause frequent headaches, fatigue, unexplained weight loss or gain.
The easiest way to treat your liver problems is to eat healthy. Include fibre rich food and liver friendly food like cabbage, cauliflower etc.Consult your dermatologist to treat permanently repair the skin damage caused by the liver.
Skin problems related to kidneys:
Symptoms of kidney problems often go unnoticed for a long time by which the diseases progress from bad to worse. Almost all patients with kidney related issues have skin conditions that when properly diagnosed can help them recover in the early stages.
Kidneys function by flushing out toxins and waste from the body along with urine. When your kidneys aren’t functioning properly, wastes accumulate in the body causing various forms of skin diseases. Wastes like uric acid etc. can cause severe itching that may feel ‘deep’ within the skin.
Here are some skin problems that are symptoms of renal failure and other kidney diseases:
- Itchy rashes
- Uraemic pruritus – daily bouts of itching that tend to worsen at night and may prevent sleep
- Xerosis – Dry, scaly skin with fissures
- Changes in pallor of skin
- Yellow discoloration of skin – caused due to the build up to carotenoid depositions on skin
Avoid complications in the early stages by diagnosing your skin condition in the early stages. Visit a trustworthy dermatologist for skin that is beautiful and healthy from a glow that stems from within.