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Are Wrinkles Droopy Eyes and Dry Skin A Sign of Bad Health? Yes, and Here's The Proof.

Nell studied Psychology and Health at Oxford many years ago and has a great interest in all things medical


Staring you in the Face.

How many times do you actually look in the mirror and see yourself? Before you answer, just think for one minute. Close your eyes and think of what you look like. Make sure you do this in front of a mirror, so that after really thinking for a few minutes, open your eyes and look at your face. Does it match? Or are you shocked? Yep? though so! We do look at our reflection, but we don't really see it. People get so used to seeing their face that they generally just take a glimpse of certain areas. For example a woman will look at her eyes and mouth. Why? because she is probably looking for Wrinkles or applying make-up. A man, on the other hand will mainly look around the mouth area to see if he needs to shave. The rest of the examination of yourself will just be cursory. But it is important that you make time to study your face. The reason? Scientists have now realised that anything from droopy eyelids to deep wrinkles or dry skin, can in fact be a sign of illness. In other words these illnesses are really staring you In the face.

I remember very well when my thyroid started to play up in the first place. The signs were all over my face. My eyelids swelled and my face puffed up when my thyroid was too low. And the total opposite when it was too high. Staring eyes, and a thin gaunt face. I didn't see me in the mirror for about a year, just a complete stranger that kept changing.

But that was a pretty drastic situation and could be easily seen. But what about subtle changes in your face?

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Hidden Signs in Wrinkles and a Flushed Face

Researches from the Yale school of Medicine have claimed that the more deep wrinkles that you have, the more chance that you either have or will have brittle bones or osteoporosis. The study was carried out on 40 and 50 year old women. They took note of how many wrinkles the women had then they took X-Rays. It was discovered that the subjects with the worse wrinkles had weaker bones than other women their age.

We all know that Collagen helps to form skin therefore, lacking in this substance will also mean less dense bones. Taking Vitamin C helps to develop stronger bones and skin. Smoking can deplete the amount of Vitamin C that is necessary for keeping yourself healthy in both departments.

Flushing of the Skin

If you notice that your facial skin is beginning to get redder than normal, or you flush when sitting down, or not doing anything exertive, you may find that one of the reasons is high blood pressure. But it can also be something more serious. The heart condition Mitral Stenosis can be an underlying problem as the blood can't flow properly through the heart because of a faulty valve. The oxygen levels in the blood lower and cause the blood pressure to rise to compensate.


Rosacea is a disorder of the facial skin that affects millions of people worldwide. As of today there is no cure, and most Doctors don't know exactly what causes it. The skin will look reddened, or have Acne type spots. Another sign of rosacea is small visible blood vessels on the face and watery irritated eyes. Even though there is no cure, there are various creams and methods available for treatment.

Redness of the skin can also be a sign of Lupus, or other auto immune problems. Menopause is caused by hormone levels fluctuating and this can lead to your body temperature either going up or down according to how the hypothalmus is working. This is a normal side effect of menopause but should always be checked out by your GP to check that it isn't something else causing the flushing.

Swollen Face

As I mentioned above. Thyroid Disease can be a horrible disease, not only affecting the face but the whole body. High levels of Thyroxine or low levels can cause the body and face to swell up, if it is too low, or make your face very skinny and pale if the hormone is too high. I have suffered with both of these and they are great symptoms to watch out for. The trouble with a bad thyroid is that it is very subtle.

Most of the time you don't realise that it is working to hard or not hard enough. Your face is a perfect way of keeping tabs on it. For example my face swelled up like a balloon causing pockets of water to appear underneath each eye and down my cheeks. This is what made me see my Doctor again. It seems my tablets were working to much, my thyroid had gone too low. So always keep an eye on the size of your face and cheeks. This is a really indication that something is not quite right with your thyroid medication.

Droopy Eye Syndrome

Droopy Eye Syndrome

Eye Health and Thyroid Eye Disease

Eyes The Windows Of The Soul But Only If They Are Healthy

Droopy Eyes

Most of us have heard of Bell's Palsy. this is a condition of the nerve's in the face that help the eye movement. When someone gets Bell's Palsy, it means that the nerves have been affected by a virus that is interfering with the signal to the brain. In other words because the nerve is damaged or inflamed it will make the eye droop. Herpes is one of the main viruses that will attack the facial nerve. Obviously not the same strain of Herpes that occur with STD. A droopy eye can also be one of the first symptoms of a stroke. So if anyone starts to feel ill, their face starts to droop and their eye pulls down to the side, you must get them to the hospital straight away.

Thyroid Eyes or Grave's Disease

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If you have thyroid problems this can be a real pain for your eyes. Its also the one thing that will tell you that you have Grave's Disease or Hyper thyroidism. And of course Hypo thyroidism. For some reason it seems to attack the eyes more than anywhere else. When you have it under control it gets back to normal, most of the time. But a thyroid problem can either make your lids very puffy or make your eyes look really large and staring. If you have these symptoms, get to the Doctor as soon as you can for diagnosis and medication.

Pan-Coast Tumour

There is one more very disturbing syndrome that can cause the eye to droop. Lung Cancer! The reason for this diagnosis is that the tumour, called pan-coast, is situated at the top of the lung. The nerves surrounding it are pressed down and they stop working. Even though they are in the lungs, because they are at the top, they directly affect the nerves of the face. Other symptoms include pain in the arms and shoulders, and a tingling in the fingers of the hands.

Pink Eye

Pink Eye

Bloodshot Eyes

We all know the jokes about bloodshot eyes! We always associate them with drinking. And I am sure we all have suffered at some stage or another. But there are many other reasons why this can occur. Iritis, inflammation of the color part of the eye, is a symptom of Ankylosing Spondylitis. This is an auto immune disease which is a form of arthritis. If the eye becomes really bloodshot this is usually caused be either damage to the eye or high blood pressure.

Twitching Eye

A twitch in the eye can be caused by either stress or vitamin B deficiency. If the twitch persists it can be a sign of something more sinister like Multiple Sclerosis. The reason is that the nervous system is going into spasm caused by the disease. Other symptoms being, numbness, balance and the vision becoming blurred.

Pale Fingernails show anaemia too!

Pale Fingernails show anaemia too!

Eye Rings

If you notice white rings around your iris, this is a sure indication of high cholesterol. Fatty deposits float around your system and cling to the most blood filled parts of your body.

Not as horrible as Wilson's Disease. This is when you see rusty red rings around the iris. Copper deposits stay in the body, only showing up in the eye. The disease is genetic, causing failure to get rid of copper. The other problem is that it can affect the liver too. Other symptoms are, tremors, difficulty walking and confusion. Strangely enough it usual affects people under the age of 35.

Pale Eyelids And Fingernails

Pale eyelids are usually a sign of anaemia. If you check your finger nails you will be able to see this symptom too. Feeling weak is usually the other sign, along with confusion and tiredness.

Cracked Lips

Cracked Lips


Cracks in the corner of the mouth can be a sign of anaemia or diabetes. The cause is believed to be a deficiency in iron for anaemia, and diabetes through too much glucose in the blood. Going to the toilet to pass water, and drinking too much water are another sign. You can also get Candida, or Thrush because of the effect of these illnesses too. So if you find that the cracks in your mouth do not go on their own, please see you GP for tests as soon as possible.

The trouble is that we most people get these sort of occasional cracks and splits in their lips. So it is best to be sensible and not ignore it. We tend to put it down to the cold weather or a cold sore, so always look out for other signs of tiredness or weakness. Best to be careful!


A few years ago I never really took notice of my face. Which is surprising because of the amount of time that I stand in front of a mirror. Either putting on make-up or plucking eyebrows, cleaning teeth or just combing my hair. But you will be surprised to realise just how much we do this from memory. In the first paragraph I mentioned closing your eyes and trying to remember what you looked like.

This actually proves my point very well. We tend to see the whole face in one go. Take time out to look at each and every individual point of your face. Take notice of any changes, apart from the obvious signs of aging. This will not only surprise you, it will make you see yourself properly for the first time in years! And more importantly, will give you a firm background to work on if you do spot anything different in your appearance.

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Nell Rose (author) from England on May 18, 2017:

Thanks for commenting, this is actually about how your face shows inner illness not about facial skin. My thyroid illness caused all sorts of damage on my face, which is one of the reasons that I knew something was wrong.

davisisabella308 on May 17, 2017:

Certainly, workout and massage helps to get your all body and mind in good shape. I have discovered that I must drink water and the older I get my body and my skin needs more and more fluid. But for my skin I found out that I must use something to moisturize my skin. Like my body needs water to be moisturized, my face skin, kin of my neck and all my skin needs something to reduce my wrinkles. I found products that suits my type of skin face and body, but I think that suit all skin types, because they are neutral and gentle, and yet achieve a targeted effects. Solvaderm products like Stemuderm and Ace-Ferulic for face and body are my favorites.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 24, 2014:

Thanks dghbrh, rajan and Ryem, glad you liked it, and thanks so much for reading, nell

Ryem from Maryland on September 20, 2014:

Nell, this hub is very interesting and insightful. I learned a lot from it. I didn't realize a person's face could tell you so much about their health.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 20, 2014:

Very informative. No idea our face could tell so much about our health, Nell. Thanks.

Voted up and shared.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on September 20, 2014:

A very useful read...shared and votes way up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 19, 2014:

Hi mary, thanks for reading, I noticed how my face changed when my thyroid was really low so looked into how our faces do show different illnesses, it was a surprise to me too! lol! thanks so much for the read and share, nell

Mary Craig from New York on September 19, 2014:

So the eyes are the window to the world and the face is the window to what lies within! You've certainly done it again Nell, a hub that was interesting to read and very educational. One of my sons has Rosacea, I have thyroid issues, and the list goes on. My husband gets cracks on the side of his mouth and we never knew why. You've given me something to think about! Great job.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, pinned and shared.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 25, 2014:

Hiya Bobbi, lol! sounds it! but yes many signs of illness can show up on your face, especially bad thyroids, thanks so much for reading, nell

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on July 24, 2014:

Hi Nell Rose,

I enjoyed reading this and I can relate to some of it as per my friends. When I have a sinus headache my eyes become puffy. Some of my co-workers loved to tell me: Bobbi in the morning you look so great, but by the afternoon when you have a headache---you look like Hell.

They were a funny group of people.

Bobbi Purvis

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 16, 2014:

Hi Audrey, yes that swelling is a right pain, me too, not now though but for ages, when my thyroid went down too low I had bags the size of guchi! lol! if you still have the bags or swellings maybe you need to check it out? you could still be a bit low, good luck and thanks, nell

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 15, 2014:

I've noticed some swelling under my eyes ever since my diagnosis of hypothyroid. Been on medication for 2 years now and still have some swelling. I'm hoping this will go away, but then it could have something to do with my age:) Thanks for this really good and interesting hub. = Audrey

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Blood Pressure Monitor, er what are diapers got to do with anything???! as you obviously no nothing about the article I will do us all a favor and delete it!

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 31, 2014:

Hi suzette, yes it definitely sounds like your thyroid, I had terrible eye swellings when my thyroid was either too high or too low, its best to get it checked out, great to see you and thanks as always, nell

suzettenaples on May 31, 2014:

Excellent hub, Nell. I didn't know all this. Since I suffer from thyroiditis, I am glad to know these symptoms. I am just coming off some eye swellings which I am beginning to think are thyroid caused. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. So helpful.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 06, 2013:

Thanks again ken, nell

KenWu from Malaysia on March 03, 2013:

What you have written up there is really scary. The face that we have to face everyday, for the better or worst tell us something that we might not expect to know. We all age everyday and nothing is permanent but very seldom we can accept the fact.

Good work Rose!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 09, 2012:

Hi Turtle, yes the water is a must, I forget to do it too! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Hi logoquiz, lol! you do that and thanks!

Missy from London on December 09, 2012:

Thanks for this useful hub! I'm going to go check my face out properly in the mirror right away!

Kim Lam from California on December 08, 2012:

Wow, this is an amazingly helpful article! Sometimes when I see more prominent wrinkles around my eyes, they remind me to drink more water! It keeps my skin hydrated. :-)

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 06, 2012:

Thanks carlarmes, but um, actually this is an article that is supposed to help people looking for, well, help, not me being paranoid, but thanks!

carlarmes from Bournemouth, England on December 05, 2012:

You are going to make us all paranoid with too much information. ignorance is bliss until you die. Keep smiling and stop reading health articles that make you worried that cause bad health that just might kill you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 05, 2012:

Hi Audrey, thanks so much for reading, yes I didn't realise just how much our faces showed us to do with illness until my thyroid problems, thanks, nell

Audrey from Arizona on December 04, 2012:

Our bodies tell us so much about our health. It's wise for us to pay attention to what our bodies may be trying to tell us. Rather than covering up the problem with chap stick (especially if exhibiting more than one symptom), it is certainly better to get to the heart of the problem early on. Useful information and a good reminder. Voted up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 04, 2012:

Thanks for reading, starbright, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 04, 2012:

Thanks paula, its purely because my thyroid was so bad I turned into someone else, literally! I didn't recognise my face at all, it was awful! lol! seriously, I never realised that how our face looked would show the illnesses, really scary stuff at the time, thanks so much as always, and I hope you are feeling better now?

Lucy Jones from Scandinavia on December 04, 2012:

Mirrors are definitely out from now on. But then again not all mirrors are the same. I had one about twenty years ago, which was a really good one. Since then I haven't found one that was half as good. Great write up Nell.

Suzie from Carson City on December 04, 2012:

Nell....I don't think there's any question to the fact that our health status can be evident on our face. Depending on what the issue is, our face often alerts us to the possibility.

This has been obvious to me at times when I've been ill. I definitely LOOK sick and no amount of sleep or beauty techniques can change this.

There can always be multiple choice reasons for a condition, for instance, swelling or pallor, dark circles, etc. However, it is wise to pay attention and see our physician. Interesting hub, Nell....UP+++

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 03, 2012:

HI Martie, lol! the mirror is not my friend either these days! thanks so much for reading, nell

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 03, 2012:

Very interesting hub about illnesses revealing themselves on our faces. My mirror is not my friend, so I tend to ignore it as much as I can. But I will take a closer look in search of the symptoms you've described in this hub. Thank you, Nell!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 02, 2012:

Thanks kitkat, I hope you found it helpful, and thanks for reading, nell

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on November 30, 2012:

Very interesting way to look at how our health issues manifest in different parts of the body. Voted up!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 14, 2012:

Hi vibes, its best to get it checked out, and I am glad you found this helpful, good luck!

vibesites from United States on November 13, 2012:

I'm having cracked lips; plus I often feel queasy. I may have anemia. :(

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 27, 2012:

Thanks so much Sunset, I am glad you found it helpful, nell

SunsetSky from USA on August 27, 2012:

Great hub! I knew about some of these, but I sure learned a lot! Thank you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 02, 2012:

Thanks Green Bard, glad you liked it, cheers nell

Steve Andrews from Tenerife on August 02, 2012:

Voted Up and tagged as Useful for this informative hub!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 23, 2012:

Hi oceansider, thanks so much for reading, yes it definitely does sound like your sinuses, I have had that too when I get hayfever! lol! I had it yesterday and could not stop sneezing! thanks!

oceansider on June 22, 2012:

Thank you for the great does get you thinking! I have had swelling around my eyes, but it comes and goes.... for years, I have had sinus problems....but if it was outrageously swollen and didn't go away, then I would definitely go to the doctor. And, you are right about the doctors not knowing too much about thyroid problems. I've read articles about that very thing! I am voting this up, interesting and useful.

Take care,


Nell Rose (author) from England on June 06, 2012:

Hi moonlake, I am glad you found it useful, its amazing how our faces tell what our health is, and yet most of the time we forget to look at it in the right way, thanks so much nell

moonlake from America on June 05, 2012:

My face and neck swell when my heart acts up. Lots of good information on this hub. Glad someone signed it so that I saw it. Voted Up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 05, 2012:

Hi tillsontitan, thanks for reading, it was really when I got my thyroid problem that I started to realise that by looking properly at our faces do we see these problems, thanks as always, nell

Mary Craig from New York on June 05, 2012:

How did I miss this great hub? You really packed this one with information...all the time we stand looking into the mirror but never realize what we are looking at. This is really an 'eye opener'. So many things can be seen in our face and we never realize. Voted this up, interesting and useful.

Gen-Rev on October 31, 2011:

Yes, this disorder can be related to the thymus gland.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 31, 2011:

Hi, Gen-Rev, thank you for adding another disorder, I haven't heard of this one before, I know that the eyes can be affected by autoimmune diseases like thyroid disfunction, I have a bad thyroid and for a while it did affect the muscles around the eyes, must be something similar, and thank you for reading, cheers nell

Gen-Rev on October 31, 2011:

Hi Nell, Thanks very much for this informative, easy to read article. I'd like to add one more condition that can be related to a drooping eyelid (I don't think it's been mentioned yet). Myasthenia Gravis. It's an autoimmune disorder that affects muscle groups, and can be confined to the eye muscles.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 16, 2011:

Hi, janine, thanks for taking time to read it, and I am glad you found it helpful, cheers nell

awomensjourney from uk on October 16, 2011:

Great hub has got me thinking and checking my skin will be reading more of your links


Nell Rose (author) from England on October 16, 2011:

Hi, Helen, I quite agree, thanks for reading, I will take a look at your link, thanks nell

Helen on October 16, 2011:

It scares me how many unknown chemicals are in skin products that is why I only use natural creams.


Nell Rose (author) from England on October 08, 2011:

Hi, eslob, thanks for reading, cheers nell

Bandar F from Dammam on October 08, 2011:

great post!! keep it up

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 15, 2011:

Hi, jean thank you again, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

Hi, diva, you should go check it out, you will feel so much better, its amazing how bad you feel with a hypo or hyper thyroid, in fact its a nightmare! good luck! and thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, silvie, I keep doing it all the time now! lol thanks again nell

Hi, lyjo, thanks for reading, and your email, sorry its taken me so long to keep answering, but my son keeps stealing my pc! its driving me to insanity! ha ha

lyjo on September 14, 2011:

Such excellent information, and a great reminder to really take a good look at ourselves, sometimes(most of the time) we just think we are getting a little older...voted up awesome, useful & interesting. Thanks for another great one.

Justsilvie on September 13, 2011:

A really informative and interesting Hub, Nell. Will have to take a closer look at my face and look for more than the next wrinkle. *smile*

Kalpana Iyer from India on September 13, 2011:

Interesting! And you're right -- we women do tend to stare at all the wrinkles and lines on our face whereas men are just interested to know whether or not they require a shave. Most of my family members have thyroid related problems too. I'm dead sure even I'm suffering from it -- just too scared to consult an expert abt it !

jean2011 from Canada on September 13, 2011:

Great health lessons Neil. I will take your advice to look more carefully at my face when I stand in front of a mirror. Thank you for sharing. I have voted this hub to be useful.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 09, 2011:

Hi, thanks guys, sorry it took me so long, I really am having one of those weeks! long story! lol

acaetnna from Guildford on September 08, 2011:

Wow completely informative - thankyou.

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on September 07, 2011:

i realized that no matter how often i looked at the mirror, i really never paid attention to my face, thanks for sharing this valuable information.

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on September 07, 2011:

What a great Hub! I have been battling PCOS and inflamation for years along with Thyroid Disease and it all shows up in my face. I have made some major changes in my health in the last few months and everyone is commenting on how great I look. It is very true that we show the world our health via our face!

ershruti304 from Shimla on September 07, 2011:

Really a nice hub filled with informative facts. Keeping our skin in good health is the biggest and most important challenge. Application of these facts can help in maintenance of beauty.

september girl on September 06, 2011:

Wonderful, useful and interesting information you shared with us through this hub, Nell Rose. Voted up! Good things to know, that's for sure. Now I will be taking a closer look at my face. It is good to be aware of the signs that are a warning instead of just a part of the aging process. : )

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 06, 2011:

Hi, alphagirl, maybe try facial exercises? I have been doing them for years and it does work, mind you I think I need to up it a bit! lol thanks again nell

Mae Williams from USA on September 05, 2011:

I have less wrinkles but notice more sagging...hoo-hoo.:! Thx for your hub, it was interesting

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 05, 2011:

Hi, Barbara, it surprised me, I never realised that you could read a face like this, I am glad you found it helpful, thanks nell

Hi, beth, I know its a nightmare! my thyroid totally messed up my face, now I can see myself again, what a relief! sorry to hear you had a problem with Tegretol. It seems that the more they are there to help the more damage they do! cheers nell

Beth Perry from Tennesee on September 05, 2011:

Excellent and informative hub!

I developed a white lock some years ago, due to my intrinsic factor being destroyed by the anti-seizure med Tegretol. It still amazes me how things like disease and drugs that are supposed to help people can change their appearance. Voting up.

Barbara Badder from USA on September 03, 2011:

This was helpful and I do have a few of these problems that have already been diagnosed and your are right on.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2011:

Hi, diseasessymptoms, thanks for commenting, I am glad you found it helpful, cheers nell

Hi, CaseWorker, ha ha you sound like me! thanks again, nell

Hi, Laura, thanks, glad you liked it! cheers nell

Hi, cameciob, yes the eyes are affected by the thyroid, its a nightmare! luckily mine I have the right tablets and it seems fine now, thanks nell

cameciob on September 02, 2011:

Hi Nell,I should bring this hub, printed, next time I look in the mirror. Looks like the eyes are the most affected. Very interesting. Voted up and rated.

Laura Deibel from Aurora, CO on September 02, 2011:

Great information, Nell!

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on September 02, 2011:

Lovely hub, voted up= luckily I have nothing that large doses of Clarins ( mother supplies it thank goodness) will not cure ( or hide)

diseasessymptoms from Philippines on September 02, 2011:

I have learned a lot from you hub. Thank you for sharing those information.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 01, 2011:

Hi, Thanks! I seem to be doing that as well! thanks for reading, cheers nell

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 01, 2011:

Very informative hub. Voted Up. Thanks for sharing. Now I have to look at my face at the mirror carefully, maybe I have miss something.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 01, 2011:

Thanks guys, I will be back to answer individually later, family hooha going on! lol cheers

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 31, 2011:

Wonderful hub filled with valuable information. Rated up and awesome.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on August 31, 2011:

I shall think of you Nell every time I look in the mirror from now on.

Thanks for a very useful hub.

Eiddwen from Wales on August 31, 2011:

Well Nell you have managed it once more:another great hub which I am sure that many others will benefit from reading.

Your obvious hard work on each hub really has paid off.

Here's to many more to share.

Take care


apurva joshi from INDIA on August 31, 2011:

very informative hub. thanks for sharing:) voted up

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on August 31, 2011:

Nell, I almost didn't read this hub because I was sure it'd tell me I had some horrible disease or serious issue that needed medical attention.

I'm happy to report that I have none of the conditions you describe! One of my daughters, however, does have a thyroid condition which is now corrected with medication. Doctors say she was born with it, but other than she slept under three blankets even at the height of summer when we didn't have A/C, her face was neither puffy or emaciated. It was finally discovered during the enlistment physical for the Air Force, a surprise to both of us since no one in my immediate family or her father's had or has thyroid problems. (She did inherit my low blood pressure, though, and we have to injest "excessive" amounts of salt - oh, the stares we get in restaurants! - and keep water handy to avoid dizziness or outright fainting.)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 30, 2011:

Geez, It's 1059 pm and im still standing in front of the mirror, now, what am i supposed to be looking for?? Hee

b. Malin on August 30, 2011:

So now I'm standing in Front of the Mirror and thinking "I think I look pretty Normal"...Ha, Ha! Seriously Neil this was a very Educational as well as factual read...Of course now I'll become neurotic as well!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, Alastar lol you always make me laugh! what are you up to now? No, I don't find it obsessive, if you spot a grey hair then get rid! ha ha why not use male hair dye? that will do the trick! Its fine to look after your appearance, unless of course its not your hair you are cutting.....! lol cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, Green Lotus, I spend lots of time too in front of the mirror, we just don't really 'see' ourselves, the more I researched this the more paranoid I got! ha ha thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, ChatKath, that must have been awful! I remember having a raging toothache once years ago, and my whole right side of my face went numb but hurt at the same time, I am glad you are better now, and thanks so much for reading it, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, Nellieanna, you put me to shame over my eating habits! lol the food you eat, and even the milk you drink sound so wonderful, and thats why you look so good! I think you should write a hub about how you stay so healthy and clear skinned, so many people on hubs love you, you will change at least two continents diets! seriously, if we could all take a leaf out of your book, and give me a good telling off! we would all be so much healthier! thanks so much as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, Ruby, I never ever took any notice until my thyroid hit, then I just didn't recognise myself, it was scary and depressing, its back to normal now, thank goodness! thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, Cardisa, it suprised me too! I have often seen lots of women with deep wrinkles, makes you think! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, Will, thanks for stopping by, glad you liked it! cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Thanks Dirt Farmer, I am glad you found it helpful, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, Ashley thanks so much, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, Gypsy, it is such a pain isn't it? my thyroid trouble started back in 03 and for the first six months I was in absolute agony because they gave me tablets that I was allergic to! I couldn't walk properly, and my arms hurt so much I felt as though I had been run over! thankfully its a lot better now I have the proper medication for a low thyroid, it started of really high, so I had to have that horrible radioactive tablet to zap the thyroid gland! yuck! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 30, 2011:

Hi, marellen, thanks for reading, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

Hi, carrie, you will never look at your face again without worrying about it! ha ha thanks so much, nell

Hi, J Burgraff, really appreciate your reading it, and thanks!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on August 30, 2011:

Great info and always interesting with your imitable style. You've really done the research on wrinkles, droopy eyes and dry skin along with some excellent looking products and reads on the subjects. Hey Nell, since this is around the face; would you call someone who for no other reason than that they feel compelled to, clips gray hairs on their heads everyday obsessive- compulsive? Any answer would be appreciated..:D

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on August 30, 2011:

Thank goodness I've never experienced any of the above symptions and I too spend a lot of time in front of the!This is valuable information told with your usual engaging style. Rated up and useful Nell!

Kathy from California on August 30, 2011:

What a wealth of information Nell! I had Bells Palsy over 20 years ago and it was so frightening because I thought I had experienced some kind of stroke, then after I saw the Doctor he knew right away what it was and I found out later that many people had it....

Very well done and well researched hub Nell! Up, useful and interesting!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on August 30, 2011:

Oh, Nell - what a great hub!! I admire you for bringing this to everyone's attention. Often realizing there is damage in progress is rather late to do something, though it's never too late for good habits!

As I've mentioned before, I make sure to get at least 75% of my food from among the "live" stuff (not processed) with emphasis on fresh fruit with plenty of berries & melons, veggies - with lots of dark green leafy ones & other bright natural colors indicating being full of nutrients, wholegrains, lean chicken and high-omega fish, (occasional lean red meat), beans and calcium-rich foods such as lowfat cottage cheese & greek yogurt. For "milk" I use almond milk.

These are all foods I prefer anyway and have all my life, though others' preferences have influenced my diet at times, which happens unless one's own influence is strong.

For snacking I like wholegrain crackers, hummus, good cheeses and salsa - and some dark chocolate! hehe. I drink wine occasionally but it dries the skin, so I'm very moderate and often don't drink anything alcoholic at all for long periods. My vice is coffee.

But I know that my healthy longevity depends on how I nurture it, and doing that has many beneficial side-effects, including good skin for an octogenarian! When I hear folks excuse not eating more fresh foods because they're expensive - I think of how much I save in meds & other illness expensss. I think "health care" should promote health! - I take no meds except an occasional ibuprofen or something for a sniffle.

If I could encourage everyone to start early taking care of their health - (diet, avoiding overexposure to sun and avoiding smoking, practicing moderation in general, - regular skin care, exercise, sleep, relaxation, stress-management, keeping active and alert - tending to body, mind and emotions - well, my life would be rewarded. And if I didn't practice it myself, well, I certainly couldn't advise it for others!

I am delighted you do too!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 30, 2011:

Nell, This is really a great Hub, many signs i was unaware of. Now, i'll be standing in front of the mirror checking. Thank you for sharing....

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