A puffy face and thinning eyebrows directly correlates with having thyroid disease or Hashimoto’s
I’ll never forget the day I wore my hair pulled back with a headband into a salon and the aesthetician called me out in concern for having sparse eyebrows and a “moon face”.
I had been self-conscious about it before, but that day made me feel ultra-self-conscious moving forward. I’d tried all sorts of serums, even prescription, to grow thicker face-framing brows. But despite the growth serums and never plucking or waxing prior, even when thin brows were the trend in the 90s, my brows continued to get shorter and thinner while my facial contours disappeared. My dreams of having thick attractive brows and chiseled cheekbones quickly vanished.
At the time, I had no idea how insightful my face would be about my health.
Sometimes what we take for granted or hate most about our bodies can hold the most valuable clues about our health. For example, the extra weight you might have put on around the middle can be a big clue for blood sugar imbalances, toxic exposures, chronic stress and cortisol hormone dysfunction. Or weight gain in your “lady parts” (aka breast, hips and butt) strongly correlates with excess estrogen circulating in the body, which can be true for both women and men. And early signs of gray hair are linked to high stress and low levels of glutathione in the body, which is the body’s master antioxidant and detoxification nutrient.
When it comes to your ideal health and weight, your body holds all of the answers.
Western medicine takes more of a “let’s stop the issue” and take this pill for that approach instead of checking in with the body to understand where it’s coming from or what is causing it. That’s why it’s so common to get prescribed a medication, such as birth control for acne or Latisse for brows, only to have it partially resolve the issue and for something new to pop up. It’s like chasing holes in a sinking boat! This western approach works perfectly in acute and serious situations such as car accidents or catastrophic events when measures need to be taken immediately to stop the bleeding and save a limb or life. But they aren’t effective for the common chronic health and weight issues that most of us face on a daily basis.
We could spend hours breaking down all of your body parts and what clues they hold about your health. Correlating body parts with symptoms and nerve meridians have been a main focus in eastern medicine practices such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries.
For today, let’s just focus on the little nuggets about your health that your face might have to share…
Read on for the 3 super clues that your face might be holding about your health and what you can do with the information.
These 3 clues will give you insights about your digestion, liver and detox capacity, hormonal balance and thyroid function.
Super Clue #1 – Metabolism & Thyroid Function
I first learned about the face’s correlation with your health status when I started studying thyroid conditions on a deeper level.
Swelling that makes the face round and puffy, also known as moon face, is often the result of taking steroids like prednisone for an extended period of time. However, if medication isn’t a factor, it is often a common symptom of other health issues, including hypothroidism and Cushing syndrome.
Hair loss, especially in the “widow’s peak” forehead area of the hairline, can also point to a hormone imbalance, Cushing disease, an overactive thyroid, or a sluggish thyroid usually indicating hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Disease.
Missing the outer 3rd portion of your eyebrows is another strong clue indicating low thyroid function that should be investigated.
Super Clue #2 – Digestion & Gluten Sensitivity
I was fascinated when I heard Dr. Tom O’Bryan (one of the pioneers in gluten sensitivity research) quote a study that connected the dots between several distinct skin conditions and your susceptibility for gluten sensitivity.
In the study, they found that eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, hives and other rashes occurs more often with those with Celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity than with the general public. The skin rash, dermatitis herpetiformis, occurs in 15-25% of Celiac sufferers, so much so that the study stated, “This sign along with the presence of other clinical signs and symptoms, should alert a physician to test a patient for celiac disease.”
I had cut out gluten long before hearing this, and I was never diagnosed as being Celiac, but after hearing this is all made sense. I had a history of eczema flares and recent psoriasis patches on my knees, and increased sensitivity or potential autoimmunity related to gluten, and that’s why I felt so much better and noticed my rashes cleared up with gluten out of my life.
Super Clue #3 – Liver & Detoxification
You may have heard the old-wise tale about how acne in specific areas of the face can correlate with your diet, stress, dirty hands and allergic reactions.
Well, there’s actually some truth to this.
According to the nerve meridians used in eastern medicine, the area of your forehead is linked to your major detoxification organs such as your liver, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder. Acne on your forehead can indicate a back-up in your body’s ability to detox and process toxins or excess hormones, such as estrogen, adequately. Dark circles and rashes around the eyes are commonly associated with food intolerances or sensitivities.
Before I was formally diagnosed with hypothyroidism and long before I had any formal training to know better, I underwent an overly intense liver and lymphatic system detox at a local alternative wellness center to try to revive my lagging energy and lose the sudden inches around my belly. Unfortunately, because my detoxification pathways weren’t properly supported, I become covered from head to toe with the most painful and itchy case of eczema, especially on my forehead!
And even more interesting, on an emotional level forehead acne can be related to anger, anxiety, fear, frustration, worry and grief!
On top of it all, all of these clues can also be connected!
In order for your thyroid to function at full steam, your digestive tract and detox organs need to be running effectively. An inflamed digestive system from gluten sensitivity will allow more toxins into your bloodstream, leading to liver overload and then taking your thyroid down with it.
And the vicious cycle could go on and on and on.
Next time you look in the mirror, take a closer look at your face to see what it might be saying about your health.
If you notice any of these clues that I mentioned, you’ll want to…
- Do a food sensitivity and gluten reactivity test to verify if these are issues for you
- Test your thyroid to see if all of your thyroid hormones, not just TSH, are in optimal ranges
- Boost your detox capacity with some high-quality liver support supplements and naturally detoxifying food such as beets, dandelion greens and cruciferous vegetables
I’ve learned to respect and appreciate my facial features because of the valuable insights and empowerment they’ve given me about my health.
And as many of my clients and I have experienced, it may not be possible to change the shape or features of your face, but you can learn to appreciate the health knowledge it has to offer, and it is possible to get your thyroid, digestion and detoxification back on track so you can have your luscious hair and clear skin back.
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